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Anne Frank's Diary takes to the stage in a new Spanish musical By Haaretz Staff and Channel 10
Haaretz.com/Channel 10 daily feature for March 2, 2008.
Joining the ranks of Les Miserables and the Phantom of the Opera, The Diary of Anne Frank has officially been immortalized on the musical stage.
A Spanish musical interpreting the story of the adolescent girl hiding with her family from the Nazis during World War II opened in Madrid over the weekend, to both fanfare and controversy.
It took more than four million euros to put to song the story of Anne Frank, who was captured with her family by the Nazis and died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.
But aggressive promotion and concern the musical would cheapen Anne's memory have led many to condemn the project.
Among the critics is Buddy Elias, Anne's cousin and last living relative, who heads the Anne Frank Fund in Switzerland and refused to attend the opening performace.
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