The Big Three

December 15, 2005

MUSIC

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs in two local venues during the coming week. The 60 members of producer Paul O'Neill's orchestra and choral group span a range of ages and races, creating a diverse musical sound. The band will perform Christmas classics.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform Wednesday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The second show is Dec. 22 at the MCI Center, 601 F St. in Washington. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$43.50. To order tickets, call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.

Anna Eisenberg

MUSICAL

Return of big hair

It's big-hair time in Baltimore again. Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical based on John Waters' 1988 movie, opens a two-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre on Tuesday. The touring cast stars Hawaiian-born Keala Settle as dance-crazed Tracy Turnblad, the tubby teen with the impressive hair who ends up integrating the local airwaves. Tracy's mother, Edna, is played by J.P. Dougherty, who understudied the roles of both Tracy's mom and dad on Broadway. Tracy's father, Wilbur, is played by Jim J. Bullock, best known for his six years as Monroe Ficus on ABC's Too Close for Comfort.

At the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., through Jan. 1. Show times vary. Tickets are $31-$76. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit broadwayacrossamerica.com.

J. Wynn Rousuck

THEATER

'ONCE ON THIS ISLAND'

If the December weather is getting you down, you can travel to the tropics without ever leaving Baltimore. Once on This Island, which begins a five-week run at Center Stage tomorrow, is a musical adaptation of Rosa Guy's Caribbean-set novel, My Love, My Love, which is in turn based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (the team behind Ragtime), Once on This Island is directed at Center Stage by Kenneth Lee Roberson, who calls it "a chance to enjoy storytelling on a very fundamental, organic level." The cast is headed by Trisha Jeffrey as a young peasant girl who falls in love with a member of the island's upper class, played by J.D. Goldblatt. E. Faye Butler returns to Center Stage to play Erzulie, the god of love.

Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. most Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. Dec. 28 and Jan. 18 (no performances Dec. 24 and 25). Tickets are $10-$65. Call 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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