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Jerome Savary, icon of French theater, dies

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PARIS (AP) — Jerome Savary, a director who broadened the appeal of theater to French audiences and helped popularize musicals, has died at age 70.

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Known for joyous, entertaining productions, the prolific Savary staged everything from Shakespeare to a play about comic book hero Asterix. He also embraced musical theater, considered an Anglo-Saxon genre.

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