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Mark Rylance (center) plays King Phillipe V in the new play Farinelli And The King. In this scene, opera star Iestyn Davies (left) plays the titular singer whose voice nurses the king back to health. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

New York City has seen a precipitous drop in crime over the past several years. Bill Bratton, who served as NYPD's commissioner, says the department's police tactics have contributed to that crime reduction. Scott Roth/Invision/AP hide caption

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How Crime Rates In New York City Reached Record Lows

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Mark Rylance (center) plays King Phillipe V in the new play Farinelli And The King. In this scene, opera star Iestyn Davies (left) plays the titular singer whose voice nurses the king back to health. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist

The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him

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