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February 10, 2005

`Women of Sondheim'

Last November, illness forced the cancellation of an enticing cabaret-style program devoted to the music of Stephen Sondheim. Fortunately, this celebration of the music-theater genius is back on the calendar this week. Mezzo-soprano Leneida Crawford, a Towson University faculty member and frequent soloist around the region, will focus on The Women of Sondheim in a revue that includes a rich cross section of the incomparable composer's words and music from shows including Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Anyone Can Whistle, A Little Night Music and Evening Primrose.

The singer will be accompanied by pianist Susan Ricci.

Performances are at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. tomorrow in Room 392 of the Center for the Arts, Towson University, Cross Campus and Osler drives. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call 410-704-2787 or visit forthearts.

-- Tim Smith

Rocking `Gentlemen'

The 1972 Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona started out as a standard New York Shakespeare Festival production of the Bard's comedy in Central Park. Hair composer Galt MacDermot was hired to write some incidental music, and before long the project turned into a full-fledged rock musical with lyrics by John Guare and a script adapted by Guare and Mel Shapiro.

Beginning tomorrow, the musical will receive a rare professional revival in Center Stage's Head Theater, under the direction of Irene Lewis. The cast is headed by Ivan Hernandez and Rodney Hicks as the lovestruck title characters, and also features Lisa Datz, Robert Dorfman and Angela Robinson. Musical direction is by Eric Svejcar, the set is by Christopher Barreca and costumes by Catherine Zuber.

Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. most Sundays; with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 9, through March 27. Tickets are $10-$65. For more information, call 410-332-0033.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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