The Big Three

October 20, 2005

THEATER

PRINCE'S TOUCH

Harold Prince, who won a 1980 Tony Award for his direction of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita, has always said one of the musical's central themes is manipulation by the media. Returning to supervise the revival that opens at the Hippodrome on Tuesday, Prince points out that the theme is even more relevant today, considering "how much more media there is now than when we [first] did that show." The account of the rise and fall of the late Argentine first lady Eva Peron is co-directed by Prince and Larry Fuller (who is also re-creating his original choreography). The show won seven Tonys, including best musical, score and book.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

Showtimes at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 6. Tickets are $26-$71. Call 410-547-SEAT.

Kathy Voytko plays the title role in 'Evita'

CLASSICAL MUSIC

PASSION AND TRAGEDY

There are good reasons why Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata is one of the world's best-loved, most often performed operas. Based on an Alexander Dumas novel that was based loosely on what used to be called a loose woman, the opera recounts the tragically short reign of Violetta Valery as the most desired courtesan in Paris. Set to music of sweeping beauty and theatrical power, La Traviata reveals the unexpected nobility of a fragile heroine forced to sacrifice her one chance at real love and lasting happiness for the sake of a prim convention.

[TIM SMITH]

Baltimore Opera Company's production of Verdi's "La Traviata," starring Elena Kelessidi and Marcus McConico and conducted by Julius Rudel, will be performed at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $40 to $132. Call 410-727-6000 or visit balti moreopera.com

FAMILY

INCREDIBLES ON ICE

If they loved the movie, they're sure to love the Disney on Ice show. Running Wednesday through Oct. 30 at 1st Mariner Arena is Pixar's The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. The show features all the characters from the movie -- Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack -- embarking on an adventure to the Magic Kingdom. The Incredibles meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as other Disney characters.

[LORI SEARS]

Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 28 and 29; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $14-$45. To order, visit ticketmaster.com or call 410-547-SEAT.

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