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Chimamanda Ngozi is asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?"

The interview - part of the Night Of Ideas event, a French government-backed initiative - was broadcast on Twitter and Facebook by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has been viewed nearly 38,000 times. Journalist Caroline Broue asked Adichie if people read her books in Nigeria. Chimamanda replied, "They do, shockingly."

'Hedda Gabler' gets a fresh approach on Broadway

The classic tale of an unhappily married woman in 1880s Norway gets a fresh approach on Broadway with Christopher Shinn's new adaptation — starring Mary-Louise Parker. Tony Award winner Parker is the title character of the 1890 drama. Shinn is the acclaimed playwright of Dying City, Four, On the Mountain, Other People, The Coming World, What Didn't Happen, Where Do We Live and The Sleepers.

Broadway's 'Les Misérables' celebrates the 6,137-performance

The sold-out Broadway performance of Les Misérables, the milestone date when the show surpasses the performance count of the legendary A Chorus Line, included the original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, appearing as part of a special post-show version of "One Day More" with a hybrid company.

American author-composer Jonathan Larson dies

Larson died unexpectedly the morning of Rent's first preview performance Off Broadway. He suffered an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, in the early morning. New York State medical investigators concluded that if the aortic dissection had been properly diagnosed and treated, Larson would have lived.

Rossini's opera 'Cinderella' premieres in Rome

La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo, or Cinderella in English, is an operatic drama giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. The opera was first performed in Rome's Teatro Valle.

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died 2017

John Hurt

born 1936

Diana Hyland