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Amadeus (movie)

Center Stage gives 'Amadeus' a stylish revival

You've got to feel sorry for Antonio Salieri.

Rising from humble circumstances, the Italian musician carved out quite a career, which included a 36-year reign as court composer for the Austrian emperor in Vienna. His works were heard and praised everywhere. His students included Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and even the son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Today, Salieri's compositions are rarely dusted off, his accomplishments hardly ever acknowledged. But he can count on fresh and none-too-flattering attention whenever a theater company decides to revive Peter Shaffer's 1979 play "Amadeus," which