Weak ticket sales ax `Oops' as Lyric books other shows

March 22, 2000|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK

One show is out and two more are in at the Lyric Opera House.

Out is "Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show," which appears to be more appropriately named than its creators might have imagined. In are David E. Talbert's "His Woman His Wife" (April 4-9), starring Stephanie Mills, and "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" (June 13-18), with Michael Bolton.

"Oops!" which was to have played a one-week run at the Lyric beginning Tuesday, canceled its Baltimore engagement due to weak ticket sales, according to Renee Miller Mutchnik, marketing director of Performing Arts Productions, which books stage shows at the Lyric. Single ticket buyers can get refunds at the point of purchase. Subscribers have a choice of refunds, crediting their accounts toward another show this season or toward next season's subscription.

In contrast, "His Woman His Wife," which played a sold-out engagement here last month with a different star, is returning by popular demand, Mutchnik said. Baltimore will be the first city to see Mills in the lead role. Tickets are $17.50-$29.50.

"The pop world meets Broadway's hottest composer" is the way she described the casting of Bolton in "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," which is expected to attract a crossover audience. Tickets are $19-$62.50. This will be the fourth time the Lloyd Webber concert has played the Lyric. Previous headliners included Michael Crawford and Betty Buckley.

Four other shows remain in the Lyric lineup: "Savion! The Concert" (April 12-15), "Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story" (May 9-14), "Stomp" (May 16-20) and "Annie" (June 6-11). Call 410-494-2712.

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