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"Jesus Christ Superstar" returns to Broadway

Directed by Des McAnuff, the cast starred Paul Nolan as Jesus, Josh Young as Judas, Brent Carver as Pilate, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Bruce Dow as Herod and Melissa O'Neil as Martha. This moved to La Jolla Playhouse later in the year and transferred to the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, with Tom Hewitt taking over the role of Pilate. Reviews were mixed. The revival was nominated for two Tonys: Best Revival and, for Young, Best Actor.

"God of Carnage" opens on Broadway

After some minor changes to the English script to accommodate American audiences, a Broadway production opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in previews on February and officially a month later. The play was suspended to allow the principal cast to tie up prior engagements before returning to fulfill their contracts. Directed once again by Matthew Warchus, the original cast included Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is born

English composer, Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington, London into a musician family. He began writing his own music and visiting performances at an early age. He wrote several successful musicals, with many songs being recorded an becoming hits worldwide. He received a knighthood for services to Music and numerous awards.

Author James Patterson is born

Patterson was born and grew up in Newburgh, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College and later also Masters degree at Vanderbilt University. He wrote several series of novels and even though being criticized by many, became very successful. He received the Literarian Award from National Book Foundation.

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