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The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions?

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Jesse James

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite the fact that James is thought to have shot 15 people, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends, including rumors that he survived until when?

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Sir Oswald Mosley

Mosley was a British politician and the founder of the British Union of Fascists, which gathered steam in the 1930s on an anti-communist and protectionist platform. After the outbreak of World War II, Mosley's plan for a negotiated peace was at first well received. However, the tide turned after the invasion of Norway, and Mosley was interned along with other prominent British fascists. Which magazine named him the 20th century's worst Briton in 2006?

Last updated on Monday, 16th November 2009

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