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The Original Cast

From Broadway to off-Broadway to the West End, this is a podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them. Every musical theatre fan has that one album that changed their life and playwright-filmmaker-professor Patrick Flynn is out to find it. We talk to the people you see at the theater be they on-stage, backstage, or in the house.
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Jul 10, 2019

Comedian and the Broadway Baby himself Alex Fossella is here for mainly a talk about Waitress. But we also talk about HamiltonRentSunday in the Park with GeorgeCarousel, and other random things that cross the transom of our mutual minds.

Topics include: problematic subplots, over-respect for source material, awkward sex scenes in musicals, and metaphors and the people who use them.

Featured recordings Waitress - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016) • What's Inside: Songs from Waitress Sara Bareilles (2015) • Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996) • Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast Recording (1984)

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies June's episode features Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

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Jun 26, 2019

The Official Broadwaysted! Podcast's Bryan Plofsky says what he says and means what he meant. And he likes this musical one thousand percent!

Topics include: Eric Idle, being better than you need to be, and who is the host of this podcast, anyway?

Featured recordingsSuessical - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2000) • Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1998)

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Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 12, 2019

Broadway's Belting Bonnie herself is here to talk about the show that put Sutton Foster on the map in a big way.

Topics include: Michigan one-light towns, Out of Town vs. Previews, stage door madness, and tap-dancing elevators.

Featured recordingsThoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) • A Gilbert & Sullivan Gallery - The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (1993) • Head Over Heels - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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May 22, 2019

From the official Broadwaysted podcast, it's writer-man Kevin Jaeger who's here for a Zeitler pop opera about a gay couple in a Catholic boarding school. As you might imagine there is very little conflict or angst and everyone is happy through the whole show and it definitely doesn't end with a GHB overdose suicide during a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Topics include: Catholic school, over-writing, under-writing, bullying, and EMOTIONS.

Featured recordingsBare - The Album (2008)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the MoviesApril's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

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May 8, 2019

Composer/lyricist (and former subject of this podcast), Doug Cohen is here for the first ever Sondheim tribute.

Topics include: cut songs, Ethel Merman, Sondheim's singing voice, the glorious Nancy Walker, and drowning your babies.

Featured recordingsSondheim: A Musical Tribute - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1973) • Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall - Stephen Sondheim (1992) • Random Access Memories - Daft Punk (2013)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? April's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

In a digital age where people are being cast based on their social media following and shows are transferring to Broadway after trending and building their audience online, it's time you learned from leading experts how to effectively promote yourself and your show. At Promote U! you'll get practical, hands-on advice from leading experts on a range of topics, including Creating Your Branding Toolkit, How to Use Social Media to Gain Loyal Fans, Creating a Website That Tells & Sells Your Story, and more! The Original Cast fans can use the code ORIGINAL19 to get your ticket to Promote U for $297 (reg. $597)!

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Apr 24, 2019

Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning producer (Kinky Boots), podcaster, and entrepreneur and he's here to talk about a show that had all the ingredients of a hit but just . . . wasn't. He also tells us one thing he wished everyone knew about producers.

Topics include: knowing a show isn't working, 2nd-Acting-musicals, FalsettosFalsettolandMarch of the Falsettos, Tower Records, and Bobby Lopez.

Featured recordingsThe Goodbye Girl - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1993) • A Class Act - Original Cast Recording (2001)

In a digital age where people are being cast based on their social media following and shows are transferring to Broadway after trending and building their audience online, it's time you learned from leading experts how to effectively promote yourself and your show. At Promote U! you'll get practical, hands-on advice from leading experts on a range of topics, including Creating Your Branding Toolkit, How to Use Social Media to Gain Loyal Fans, Creating a Website That Tells & Sells Your Story, and more! The Original Cast fans can use the code ORIGINAL19 to get your ticket to Promote U for $297 (reg. $597)!

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 10, 2019

Straight from Broadway's Imperial Theatre and Ain't Too Proud it's Joshua Morgan, Patrick's newest brother from another mother, here to talk about the Shakespeare of musical theatre and his classic work.

Topics include: Bombay Dreams, Sondheim Divas, 3rd weddings, the incomparable Joanna Gleason, and stage dooring John McMartin.

Featured recordingsInto the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987) • Bombay Dreams - Original London Cast Recording (2002) • Pacific Overtures - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1976)

LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Mar 27, 2019

Journalist/broadcaster/singer Eliza Berkon is here for a musical another show I can't believe took this long to come up.

Topics include: singing through braces, having a table dropped on your foot during a show, and ELIZA WAS ON THE SING-OFF OH MY GOD I'M FREAKING OUT!

Click here to listen to samples of Eliza's radio show Formative Tracks on Apple Podcasts.

Featured recordingsGodspell - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1973) • The Sing-Off - Season 3: Episode 3 - Current Hits & 60's Favorites (2011)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Mar 13, 2019

It's our THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY so we've got a big episode with a big guest talking about a small show that has big ideas about small moments and long songs. Very long songs. So very, very long, these songs.

Topics include: Man 2 is the worst, Mic time for sad white men, why these songs are so long, why are all Man 1's songs gospel-infused, Woman 2's agency, Woman 1's agency, JRB's guest vocalizing Catholic School, and why Billy Porter isn't on this album.

Suport Mary's Kickstarter to send her and Marx in Soho to Edinburgh Fringe!

Featured recordingsSongs for a New World - World Premiere Recording (1996) • Class Clown - George Carlin (1972)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? February's episode features Lauren Halvorsen (The Wild Party) and Kenny Neal (Starlight Express) talking about Bugsy Malone (1976) which is like the Little Rascals doing GoodFellas to the Xanadu soundtrack.

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Feb 27, 2019

Rachel is here for a show about exceeding your expectations that maybe doesn't exceed Patrick's expectations (or does it?).

Topics include: Challenging roles, Pippin, the joys of singing high, and the unattainable awesomeness of Jessica Vosk. Also Mean Girls.

Link to the Broadway Backstory podcast episode on Legally Blonde Patrick mentions.

Featured recordingsLegally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Feb 13, 2019

We've got a dramaturg to talk about a musical that really could've used a dramaturg. A musical with more concept albums (5) than actual cast albums (1), the last one released fifteen (15) years after it opened on Broadway. A mega(?)- hit from American musical theatre's Saleri: Frank Wildhorn.

Topics include: Laura & Patrick's unironic love of this show, Laura & Patrick's ironic love of this show, Patrick's Colm Wilkinson impression, What Jekyll & Hyde thinks it's about, and What Jekyll & Hyde is actually about.

Featured recordingsJekyll & Hyde - The Complete Work (1995) • Jekyll & Hyde - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997) • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - The 1986 Studio Demo Recording (1986) • Chess - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1988) • The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1991)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado : Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Jan 30, 2019
While our topic is ostensibly the first Disney Broadway musical (and, as of this release, 10th longest running show in Broadway history), Anna and Patrick spend most of this episode on being a young actor and how one gets started in this business at such a young age.
 
Topics include: Social Anxiety in theatre, Young Cossette, and is the Enchantress the real villain of this story?
 
Featured recordingsBeauty and the Beast - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1994) • Beauty and the Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)
 
Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).
 
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Jan 16, 2019

Costume designer Heather C. Jackson is here to talk about one of the best musicals ever. Not that anyone’s ranking. But if we did, this would be high on the list. But we’re not ranking. (Like, high high.)

Topics include: Romantic atmosphere, (The Queen) Judy Kuhn (long may she reign), and how someone tries to kill themselves 20 minutes from the end of Act I & we don’t learn their fate until the top of Act II. Also Patrick forgets names a lot in this episode. Like, a lot.

Featured recordingsShe Loves Me - 2016 Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Jan 2, 2019

Actor/singer/teacher Katherine Riddle is here for our third Les Miz episode covering the 3-disc, complete recording. Katherine has played Cossette twice and has some interesting insights into that most maligned of ingenues.

Topics include: How much stage time does Cossette actually have? Cossette v. Eponine: Who is least annoying? Is Cossette's name sung more times than the character has lines?

Featured recordingsLes Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1989)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Dec 19, 2018

The Hub Theatre's brand new artistic director is here to talk about Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls follow-up that sprawled 3-LPs in its original release.

Topics include: Catfishing in the 1950s, 3-Act musicals, and Is a Chico Marx impression racist?

Featured recording: The Most Happy Fella - The Complete Broadway Performance (1956)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Dec 5, 2018

CultralDC's Operations Manager is here to talk about not only the '96 London revival cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar (released in the US in 2000) but also the 2018 NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (which was live but was not a concert).

Topics include: pop-culture Catholicism, the 5 notes you want to hear, and how Michael Crawford is Jen's husband.

Featured recordingsJesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's (1996) • Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera (1970)

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Nov 14, 2018

Courtney Laine Self is a director/choreographer. She directed Sheila and Moby and wrote her thesis on Crazy for You. She also likes to push Patrick's buttons. And the feeling is very mutual.

Topics include: Ken Ludwig (the man, not the poster), the interpretive power of dance, and Susan Stroman.

 

Featured recording:

Crazy for You - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1992)

 

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Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about the cultiest of cult musicals: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

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Oct 31, 2018
FINALLY! We're talking about Heathers with Cassie Cope who can currently be seen in Flying V's production of Sheila and Moby in the role of "Courtney."
 

Topics include: Dying alone; bops; and how Cassie convinced her mother to take eighth-grade self and her eight-year-old sister to see this show in New York, twice, on consecutive nights.

 

Featured recording:

Heathers - World Premiere Recording (2014)

 

Tickets to Sheila and Moby by Patrick Flynn, directed by Courtney Laine Self NOW ON SALE!

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

Oct 17, 2018
You may have seen Robyn on Fringe or Gossip Girl or The Unusuals (my favorite) or as "Moby" in Flying V's Sheila and Moby opening October 27. But today she's here to talk about a show that bears repeating.
 

Topics include: Do we need awards? Do parents just not understand? And is Benny the bad guy?

 

Also remember that Angel kills a dog in this show.

 

Featured recordings:

Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)
 

Tickets to Sheila and Moby by Patrick Flynn, directed by Courtney Laine Self NOW ON SALE!

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 
Oct 3, 2018
Designer, record producer, performer, and talent-whisperer Robbie Rozelle is here to bring some joy into Patrick's life (he says).

Topics include: Jerry Herman's pros, Jerry Herman's cons, Jerry Herman's women, and the movie version of Mame which is just the worst.

 

Featured recordings:

Mame - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

Mame - Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1974)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 

Sep 19, 2018
Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the Broadwaysted and Broadway Baby podcasts joins Patrick to discuss this Tony Award-winning musical that launched the career of Kelli O'Hara and made Kimberly's father and sister fell asleep.

 

Topics include: Where the horse kicked her, overtures, and are we sure this isn't just Do I Hear a Waltz??

 

Featured recordings:

The Light in the Piazza -  Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005) 

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett and James Finley discussing the Disney musical that launched a thousand hats: Newsies (1992).

 

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Sep 5, 2018

A big episode for a big show. Actor Elliot Dash is with us to talk about one of Patrick's 10 favorite musicals. And they go all over the place. Except for the plot, if you want a detailed plot synopsis, you'll need to go to Wikipedia.

Topics include: changing lyrics, bootleg CDs, and the state of race and race relations in America from 1902 to the present day.

 

Featured recordings:

Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

Ragtime - Songs from the Musical (1996)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).


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Aug 22, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

 

Multi-hyphenate "ographer" (fight, choreo, et al.) Jenny Male is here to talk about the brilliant play Tinker Bell that she is ography-ing at Adventure Theatre MTC. Also she's here to talk about the Tony-winning musical with self-confessed a "terrible title."

Topics include: Brecht, pay toilets, and how much self-referential humor can one show sustain?

 

Featured recording:

Urinetown the Musical - The Original Cast Recording (2001)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies ? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).


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Aug 8, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

Ashley plays a myriad of roles in Tinker Bell (from birds and flowers to all seven Lost Boys) and she's here to talk about this fantastic show about the past that may've been ahead of its time.

Topics include: basements, emotions, truth, beauty, the South, and leaving it all on the stage.

 

Featured recordings:

Caroline, or Change - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

 

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Jul 25, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

This week our Peter Pan is here to talk about a rock musical that is more Hair than Tommy.

Topics include: the lyrical metaphors of Bille Joe Armstrong, the enigmatic existence of St. Jimmy, the messianic imagery of Claude Hooper Bukowski, and whether or not Patrick is just an old man who doesn't get it.

Featured recordings:
American Idiot - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)
Warning - Green Day (2000)
nimrod. - Green Day (1997)
Hair - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1968)
American Idiot - Green Day (2004)
Dookie - Green Day (1994)

 

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