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April 03, 2003|By Mike Morris and Helen B. Jones

Champions on Ice

Just in time for the big spring thaw in Baltimore -- the Champions on Ice show at 1st Mariner Arena. Go figure. Anyway, it's a who's who of the skating world -- Olympic medalists Sarah Hughes, Michelle Kwan (pictured), Tim Goebel, Elvis Stojko, Viktor Petrenko and many others. Even Baltimore's Dorothy Hamill, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist, will make an appearance on the ice. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $25-$60. The arena is located at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Mary Stuart' at Center Stage

Center Stage continues its 40th-anniversary celebration with Mary Stuart, a political and historical drama that tells the story of the Scottish royal and her cousin and would-be executioner, Elizabeth I. Although the two never met in real life, German playwright Friedrich Schiller brings them together for this fictional confrontation. Mary Stuart opens at 8 p.m. tomorrow and runs until May 4. Tickets are $10-$50. Call 410-332-0033 or visit for show times and to purchase tickets.

Little River, Laura Branigan

The Little River Band, an Australian quintet best known for its hit single "Reminiscing," is teaming up next Tuesday in Baltimore with Laura Branigan (pictured), a four-time Grammy Award nominee who had a smash hit with "Gloria" in 1982. The musicians are joining forces at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., for a concert to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Maryland. Tickets are $35-$75. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Remembering the '83 O's

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Baltimore Orioles' 1983 world championship, the Babe Ruth Museum and Birthplace, 216 Emory St., is presenting Hail to the Champions. The exhibit opens Saturday and lasts until the end of the year. Come see the '83 World Series trophy, Series MVP Rick Dempsey's catcher's mitt, a baseball signed by the team, photographs and articles. Admission to the museum is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 5-16. Children under 5 and museum members are free. Call 410-727-1539 or visit for more information and museum hours.

Feel the Afrobeat

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, an ethnically diverse, 15-member band from Brooklyn, N.Y., jams on Sunday at the Ottobar, 2549 Howard St. The group carries on the Afrobeat tradition of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, founder of the Afrobeat sound, which weaves political messages through jazz, funk and traditional African music. Antibalas, which also blends rock music with traditional Cuban and Brazilian drumming, takes the stage at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 410-662-0069 or visit

Tony Curtis is 'Hot' again

The acclaimed motion picture Some Like it Hot is now a new musical starring screen legend Tony Curtis (left), who starred in the 1959 film. The comedy makes its way to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., for eight shows beginning Tuesday and ending Sunday, April 13. Set in 1929, the show focuses on two male musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are forced to disguise themselves as "Josephine" and "Daphne," members of an all-girl jazz band en route to Miami. Tickets are $26.50-$64. Visit www.lyricopera for show times. For tickets, call 410-481-SEAT.

'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Sebastian Bach as Jesus? Yep, the former front man for the rock band Skid Row has the starring role in a brand-new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's venerable musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Carl Anderson co-stars as Judas, a role he has played on stage and film. The show comes to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre next Tuesday, with performances scheduled through Sunday. The story of Christ's last days, the rock spectacle debuted on Broadway in 1971 and spawned a number of hit songs. Show times at the Mechanic are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.50-$70. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Ballet Royale performs at Rouse Theatre

Small ballet companies give public performances all the time, right? Well, here's a twist. The 20-member Ballet Royale Company, based in Columbia, is featuring major dancers from the internationally famous American Ballet Theatre at its "Gala Evening of Dance," taking place at 7 tonight at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The young dancers of the company (12 to 17 years old) will make up the corps de ballet in Act II of Swan Lake, while Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes, principal dancers of the ABT, perform the roles of Odette and Prince Sigfried. Murphy also will dance the third-act pas de deux from Don Quixote with ABT soloist Gennadi Saveliev. Other works include La Bayadere and Esmeralda. Tickets are $45 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under. Call 410-997-3111.

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