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On August 7th, 1977: The original production of Shenandoah closed on Broadway after two years and 1,050 performances. The musical chronicles the experiences of a Virginia family during the Civil War as they search for and rescue a member who had been captured by the Union Army. Adapted from a movie by the same name, Shenandoah was nominated for six Tony awards including Best Musical. It won two, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Book of a Musical.

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On August 7th, 1993: The Broadway revival of Camelot closed at the Gershwin Theater. The musical tells the story of King Arthur and his court, including the forbidden love between Sir Lancelot and Lady Guinevere. The original production had premiered on Broadway in 1960 with a script by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The musical was a hit, winning four Tony awards; The album was at the top of the American charts for 60 weeks. This production had Robert Goulet (who had originated the role of Lancelot) in the role of King Arthur.


On August 7th, 1960: Actor David Duchovny was born. Duchovny attended the Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan and the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side before matriculating at Princeton University. After a series of bit and character parts, Duchovny landed the role of Special Agent Fox Mulder on the cult TV show The X-Files, a character that was apparently based on some of his personality traits. Recently, he has been in the news not only for his starring role on the dramedy Californication but also for his acknowledgment that he is addicted to sex.

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