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Welcome to the rhythm of a brand new day on BroadwayWorld as we've just this morning launched a massive design upgrade that's been in the works for months that I'm both proud and excited to unveil.

It wasn't until I watched the loving trip down BWW memory lane, put together by our Social Media guru Alan Henry (and linked below) of the site's previous designs that I got a little emotional about the process (and what a process it's been!).

Everyone on the BroadwayWorld team takes great pride in our position as the leader in all coverage for theatre and live entertainment for Broadway and beyond. We approached the changes that you are now seeing today, keeping that in mind every step of the way.

Using heavy data, analytics and testing we looked at each and every feature of the web site - technically, visually and functionality wise and spent many sleepless nights figuring out how to make each bit better.

We hope that you'll find the new site a faster, cleaner and more powerful browsing experience across all browsers, screen sizes and devices. The goal was to make it even more functional on large desktops, and on the smallest of phone screens.

I'd like to extend special thanks to everyone on the team who's been involved with the design, development, testing, lovingly yelling at me with feedback, and helping to carry the site forward for 2017.

As always, we are here for and with you, our readers and the community. Your feedback is welcome (especially over the next few days as I'm sure we have some bugs to squash), and my inbox is always open!

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/18

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/17/2018.


This week, 33 shows played on Broadway, with 298,431 tickets sold and a total gross of $39,653,552. The average ticket price was $132.87.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -1.45%. Versus last year, attendance was up 0.84%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 1.13% vs. last week and up 16.19% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $132.87 is up $3.38 compared to last week and up $17.56 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,131,174
THE LION KING $2,285,109
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,277,446
WICKED $1,945,441
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $1,930,270


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($379,797), TRAVESTIES ($526,489), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($528,670), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($599,470), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($617,297)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $284,133
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $176,187
THE BAND'S VISIT $119,202
THREE TALL WOMEN $83,661
THE LION KING $81,175


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-471,833), SUMMER ($-84,478), THE ICEMAN COMETH ($-32,303), CHICAGO ($-31,393), CAROUSEL ($-18,087)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $509.04
HAMILTON $291.16
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $215.92
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $175.51
THREE TALL WOMEN $171.15


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($67.08), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($77.26), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($82.10), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($84.50), KINKY BOOTS ($86.24)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.15%
THREE TALL WOMEN 115.6%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 114.53%
WICKED 109.3%
HAMILTON 108.13%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (30.16%), KINKY BOOTS (51.43%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (56.04%), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL (65.08%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (66.73%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.3%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.5%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (52.6%), KINKY BOOTS (67.7%), SUMMER (80.8%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (82.9%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (84.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 473
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 449
TRAVESTIES 413
BEAUTIFUL 392
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE 367


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (-948), SUMMER (-839), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-531), CHICAGO (-388), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-184)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/11

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/10/2018.


This week, 34 shows played on Broadway, with 302,808 tickets sold and a total gross of $39,211,500. The average ticket price was $129.49.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 3.68%. Versus last year, attendance was up 6.33%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 5.67% vs. last week and up 19.57% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $129.49 is up $2.44 compared to last week and up $14.33 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,847,041
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,402,103
THE LION KING $2,203,934
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,101,260
WICKED $1,923,023


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SAINT JOAN ($264,283), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($365,986), TRAVESTIES ($457,007), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($510,089), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($537,110)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $472,655
CAROUSEL $145,190
BEAUTIFUL $144,309
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $137,181
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS $123,710


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-276,831), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($213), MEAN GIRLS ($7,200), KINKY BOOTS ($12,143), THE LION KING ($19,220)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $506.77
HAMILTON $265.29
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $214.08
THE LION KING $162.40
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $161.93


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
SAINT JOAN ($60.26), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($70.53), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($75.09), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($78.77), CHICAGO ($86.21)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 120.11%
HAMILTON 108.22%
WICKED 108.04%
THREE TALL WOMEN 106.63%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 106.39%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (29.1%), SAINT JOAN (36.14%), KINKY BOOTS (51.09%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (54.01%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (63.76%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.4%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.6%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
HAMILTON 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (49.8%), KINKY BOOTS (65.1%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (76.0%), BEAUTIFUL (83.7%), CAROUSEL (84.3%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

HELLO, DOLLY! 1008
BEAUTIFUL 984
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 948
SCHOOL OF ROCK 947
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 839


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
HAMILTON (-23), THREE TALL WOMEN (-2),

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/4

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/3/2018.


This week, 34 shows played on Broadway, with 292,066 tickets sold and a total gross of $37,106,954. The average ticket price was $127.05.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -5.27%. Versus last year, attendance was up 2.56%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -5.90% vs. last week and up 13.15% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $127.05 is down $-0.84 compared to last week and up $11.89 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,123,872
THE LION KING $2,184,714
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,035,104
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $1,929,448
WICKED $1,854,648


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SAINT JOAN ($214,730), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($312,664), TRAVESTIES ($410,725), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($484,836), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($507,578)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $136,054
WICKED $48,810
SAINT JOAN $39,293
THREE TALL WOMEN $14,942
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $7,585


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-477,405), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-145,195), THE BOYS IN THE BAND ($-121,511), THE ICEMAN COMETH ($-113,193), CAROUSEL ($-111,755)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.82
HAMILTON $290.46
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.11
THE LION KING $161.36
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $156.84


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
SAINT JOAN ($53.93), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($66.19), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($69.63), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($78.31), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($83.27)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 117.25%
HAMILTON 107.88%
MEAN GIRLS 104.65%
THE LION KING 104.53%
WICKED 104.2%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (27.66%), SAINT JOAN (29.36%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (46.14%), KINKY BOOTS (50.15%), BEAUTIFUL (53.93%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.9%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
MEAN GIRLS 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (47.6%), KINKY BOOTS (64.0%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (69.1%), BEAUTIFUL (71.8%), SAINT JOAN (76.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

WAITRESS 250
FROZEN 88
WICKED 73
THE LION KING 25
HAMILTON 21


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (-1156), SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (-937), KINKY BOOTS (-929), CHICAGO (-787), CAROUSEL (-760)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/29

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 5/27/2018.


This week, 35 shows played on Broadway, with 308,320 tickets sold and a total gross of $39,431,767. The average ticket price was $127.89.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and up 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -1.05%. Versus last year, attendance was up 3.96%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 1.59% vs. last week and up 15.29% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $127.89 is up $3.32 compared to last week and up $12.56 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,987,818
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,406,853
THE LION KING $2,200,343
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,027,519
FROZEN $1,810,851


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SAINT JOAN ($175,437), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($340,105), TRAVESTIES ($420,272), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD ($458,191), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($551,703)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $475,408
MY FAIR LADY $203,848
SCHOOL OF ROCK $140,914
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS $139,346
ALADDIN $119,085


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-133,014), BEAUTIFUL ($-120,825), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($-109,351), THE ICEMAN COMETH ($-108,470), CAROUSEL ($-99,645)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.96
HAMILTON $278.35
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $213.40
THE LION KING $162.82
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $160.67


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
SAINT JOAN ($42.06), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD ($65.10), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($67.98), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($75.76), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE ($78.72)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 119.67%
HAMILTON 109.09%
MEAN GIRLS 106.57%
THE LION KING 105.09%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 104.76%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SAINT JOAN (27.42%), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (32.99%), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (46.12%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (50.19%), KINKY BOOTS (57.75%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.8%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
HAMILTON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
MEAN GIRLS 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (56.5%), KINKY BOOTS (72.2%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (73.2%), BEAUTIFUL (79.6%), SAINT JOAN (80.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 937
SCHOOL OF ROCK 928
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 407
SAINT JOAN 305
WICKED 205


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SUMMER (-1014), CAROUSEL (-889), BEAUTIFUL (-635), HELLO, DOLLY! (-603), KINKY BOOTS (-436)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/21

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 5/20/2018.


This week, 35 shows played on Broadway, with 311,582 tickets sold and a total gross of $38,813,254. The average ticket price was $124.57.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 1.77%. Versus last year, attendance was up 2.73%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 0.50% vs. last week and up 12.49% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $124.57 is down $-1.58 compared to last week and up $10.80 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,120,832
THE LION KING $2,141,255
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,993,068
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $1,931,445
WICKED $1,749,587


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SAINT JOAN ($227,974), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($337,481), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD ($411,261), TRAVESTIES ($418,868), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($513,582)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $306,677
HAMILTON $304,226
WICKED $207,596
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $158,112
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $89,818


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-479,588), HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO ($-131,975), MY FAIR LADY ($-114,272), CAROUSEL ($-61,732), COME FROM AWAY ($-35,408)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $509.35
HAMILTON $290.20
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $214.78
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $166.09
THE LION KING $157.98


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD ($57.75), SAINT JOAN ($58.97), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($65.30), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($65.96), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($82.61)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 120.46%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 108.21%
HAMILTON 107.78%
THE LION KING 106.94%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.39%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SAINT JOAN (31.17%), ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (39.23%), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (41.39%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (49.8%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (51.84%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.4%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (57.0%), SAINT JOAN (74.7%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (75.6%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (75.7%), KINKY BOOTS (76.0%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE LION KING 1678
WICKED 1591
KINKY BOOTS 1003
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 805
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 701


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (-948), SAINT JOAN (-279), ANASTASIA (-117), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-114), ANGELS IN AMERICA (-21)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


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The 2001 Syracuse University graduate (School of Information Studies) is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media, an award-winning leading design company for entertainment and technology web sites. In his previous life, he held an executive position for the world's leading publisher of technology magazines, web sites and conferences and, as a result, was named among the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by FOLIO Magazine.

Robert Diamond founded BroadwayWorld.com in 2003, which has now become the largest theatre web site in the world. He also serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief, covering Broadway and beyond, with specific local coverage for 100 cities in the United States, 45+ countries worldwide and 10 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, concerts, comedy, films, television and more. In 2014, the site was awarded an Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education by the prestigious Theatre Museum.

Diamond got his start in the entertainment field, accidentally, when he created the 'official web site' (while in college) for Michael Crawford, the popular actor and original Tony and Olivier Award-winning star of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. (He still blames Crawford - and credits him - for anything that goes particularly right or wrong during an average day.)

As a respected member of the Broadway and theatre community, Diamond also served as Lead Producer for a series of sold-out shows using the BroadwayWorld 'brand' for a set of 'Standing Ovations' concerts, which also branched out into titles that included Holiday Shows and even more specific concerts like 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' in tandem with publishers and movie studios. All proceeds were in turn donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the industry's leader in aid for performers in need.

Robert splits his time between Manhattan and Lake Tamarack in Stockholm, NJ with his wife and two dogs, growing the business and getting little sleep. In addition, you can usually find him in a theatre many nights a week. Robert's writing has been featured on the site in 'The Broadway Pulse' and Industry Insight sections on BroadwayWorld and he also wrote weekly about theatre for the USA Network's Character Approved blog.

In late 2012, Wisdom Digital Media announced the official spinoff and launch of new entertainment web sites including BWWTVWorld.com, BWWBooksWorld.com, BWWMusicWorld.com, BWWDanceWorld.com, BWWClassicalWorld.com and BWWOperaWorld.com. The site's expansion was featured in a Crain's New York Business profile as well. Since then, Diamond has been featured as an industry expert by numerous outlets.

In December of 2014, Diamond was one of 5 Syracuse University Alumni, all having achieved success in the world of start-ups, business growth and venture capital, participating on a panel addressing young alumni who are currently pursuing their dreams of running their own business and experiencing the day to day challenges of a startup. It is part of the university's new Student Accelerator Program, for which Rob was recommended by Syracuse University's i-School.

Recently, BroadwayWorld.com returned to the concert stage, with a series of benefit concerts featuring Broadway's brightest stars. The site continued its growth and leading technology support adding exclusive features, an industry-first Apple TV app, Roku App, new iPhone, Android and iPad Apps, Apple Watch and Safari alerts, a slew of original video content, international expansion & more.

The site ended 2016 unveiling a major redesign, fully responsive on all platforms and taking full advantage of the latest in i-technology and has spent 2017 involved in further growth including the launch of new regions, new sections including Around the World and Industry Insight and more.

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