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If you have never heard the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt, be prepared, it is maybe the most inspirational, emotional and heartwarming story you will hear today and maybe for years to come. Dick and Rick are father and son, but more importantly best friends. Rick was born with severe brain defects and has never been able to walk or talk, but that hasn't stopped the father and son team from racing in more than 1,000 events together including marathons, decathlons and Iron Man competitions.

The pair have touched the lives of so many people with their story and yesterday, April 8, they received high praise when a statue of themselves was unveiled in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (which you can read about here and here). Watch the video below from a few years ago when you have a few minutes (13 to be exact), I watched it last night and let me warn you, make sure you have some tissues handy.


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Theater Broadway announcements

The last few weeks have been busy in terms of theater news, with several shows announced for the 2013-2014 Broadway season, as well as some general theater news.

To start: Newsies! The Musical celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway, while Once had a cast switch-up, adding four new actors and actresses to its roster. (It also opened in London's West End.)

Meanwhile, Matilda and Motown the Musical had or will have their official debut this week. Here are a few other recent theater-related tidbits to know about:


Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet will hit the Broadway stage September 19, following previews that start August 24. Orlando Bloom — AKA Legolas and That Dude Who Wasn't Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates" franchise — will star opposite Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad. According to NY Theatre Guide, this is the first time in 36 years that Shakespeare's play will be produced on Broadway — and it'll have the new element of an interracial couple. (Yay!)