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Honoring a musical master

Joe Masteroff doesn't have a big body of work, but two of the musicals for which he wrote very different books remain among Broadway's best: Cabaret and She Loves Me.

Caldwell Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company is producing She Loves Me from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, and artistic director Michael Hall has chosen Masteroff to receive the theater's annual Spotlight Award.  The playwright is in good company:  Past recipients include Christopher Reeve, Julie Harris, Charles Nelson Reilly and Len Cariou.

Masteroff, who will celebrate his 90th birthday three days after the Dec. 8 Caldwell event, will watch actors read a scene from his play Warm Peninsula, hear songs from She Loves Me and listen as tributes from his fellow theater greats are read.  Cost to attend the fundraiser is $50, and the celebration begins at 8 p.m.

Next up at the Caldwell is David C. Hyer's political comedy Lying in State, opening Sept. 5 and running through Sept. 21.  For info, visit the theater's web site.

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