The Big Three

January 25, 2007

Off to see the `Wicked'

Yep, I think we're in Oz. Subtitled "The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz," the blockbuster musical Wicked is taking up residence at the Hippodrome through Feb. 18, starring Victoria Matlock as Elphaba, as the Wicked Witch of the West is known; Christina DeCicco as Glinda, the Good Witch; and P.J. Benjamin as the Wizard. Based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel - a prequel to The Wizard of Oz -Wicked has a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.

And, Oz is spreading. In addition to the Broadway and touring companies, a third American production opened in Chicago in 2005 and a fourth opens in Los Angeles next month. According to the show's Baltimore-born producer, Marc Platt, international productions are scheduled for Japan in June and Germany in November; a London production has been running since November.

FOR THE RECORD - Yesterday's Live contained an error in the time of the day-of-performance ticket lottery for Wicked. Patrons must arrive at the Hippodrome box office 2 1/2 hours before curtain time to submit their names, which will be drawn 30 minutes later.
THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

Showtimes at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and today and 1 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 18. Tickets are $36-$82. (Availability is limited but day-of-performance lotteries for a limited number of $25 tickets for best-available seats are being held at the box office each day during the run. Patrons must arrive two hours prior to curtain time and submit their names, which will be drawn 30 minutes later. Lottery tickets are limited to two per person.) Call 410-547-SEAT or go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

J. Wynn Rousuck

Major-league weekend

If you're a Major League Baseball fan, you're in for one grand slam of a weekend. Tomorrow through Sunday, "Baseball's Best" will be at the Baltimore Convention Center. That is, you'll be able to meet, snap pictures of and get autographs from MLB Hall-of-Famers (including Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Rod Carew, Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt), many of the 1983 Orioles (such as Joe Altobelli, Al Bumbry, Mike Flanagan, Rick Dempsey, Ken Singleton and Tippy Martinez), former baseball stars (including Doug DeCinces, Gregg Olson, Andy Etchebarren, Hank Bauer and Don Mattingly), current Orioles and numerous other players.

"Baseball's Best: The Premier Autograph and Memorabilia Show of 2007" will also offer clinics, baseball clothing, gear, photos and collectibles for sale and lots more.

Baseball's Best runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Admission $10; free for ages 7 and younger. Call 973-808-1740 or go to baseballsbest2007.com.

Lori Sears

Back from the grave

How else but a macabre commemoration to celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe? That's just what you'll get at Westminster Hall this weekend, as the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum celebrates the 198th anniversary of Poe's birth. While the horror writer was actually born on Jan. 19, 1809, the celebration will take place throughout this weekend. There will be several theatrical performances, Poe memorabilia on exhibit, a coffin-shaped birthday cake and an appearance by the man himself (who bears a striking resemblance to Poe impersonator David Keltz).

The event takes place at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) Sunday at Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette St. Tickets are $25; $19 for ages 17 and younger. Event is not intended for those younger than 13. Call 410-396-7932, ext. 3 or go to poecelebration.tripod.com.

Lori Sears

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