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'Judith Beheading Holofernes' is discovered in Toulouse

A painting believed by some to be Caravaggio's second version of Judith Beheading Holofernes was discovered in Toulouse. An export ban was placed on the painting by the French government while tests were carried out to establish its authenticity.

'An American in Paris' opens on Broadway

An American in Paris is a musical play inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and adapted for the stage by Christopher Wheeldon. It opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, following an engagement at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Incorporating songs from George and Ira Gershwin, the book is by Craig Lucas.

'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' is released

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the thirteenth novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Seven days after the release, the book had been printed 8 times for a total of over one million copies in print, reportedly sold during the following month.

The Oslo Opera House opens

The gala opening was attended by His Majesty King Harald, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and President Tarja Halonen of Finland and other leaders. During the first year of operation, 1.3 million people passed through the building's doors. The Opera House won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

Broadway revival 'Bells Are Ringing' opens

Bells Are Ringing is a musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The story revolves around Ella, who works at an answering service, and the characters that she meets there. A Broadway revival, directed by Tina Landau and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, opened at the Plymouth Theatre in 2001.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' returns to Broadway

A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams that dramatises the life of Blanche DuBois. A highly publicized revival in 1992 starred Alec Baldwin as Stanley and Jessica Lange as Blanche. It was staged at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the same theatre that the original production was staged in.

Author Alan Paton dies

Paton was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. His works include the novels Cry, the Beloved Country and Too Late the Phalarope. Paton volunteered for service during World War II but was refused. He formed the Liberal Association in early 1953.

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