The Big Three

May 17, 2007

ROCK OPERA

THE 'SUPERSTAR'

For Yul Brynner, it was the king of Siam. For Carol Channing, it was Dolly Levi. For Ted Neeley, it is Jesus, as in Jesus Christ Superstar. Neeley, who starred in Norman Jewison's 1973 movie of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical and repeatedly re-created the role on stage, returns to the Lyric Opera House in the rock opera for five performances, starting tomorrow. The production, directed by Dallett Norris, also features Corey Glover -- lead singer in the band Living Colour -- in the role of Judas.

Showtimes at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38-$58. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticket master.com.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

FAMILY

2,300 FLAG WAVERS

Witness as the American Flag Foundation brings together nearly 2,300 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Maryland schools to form the first "Singing Living American Flag" Tuesday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Students will sing while holding up colored squares and stars to form the shape of the flag. The event will re-enact the original "Human Flag" formed in 1914 for the 100th anniversary of the defense of Baltimore. In addition to the main event, highlights will include a simulated bombardment, fort tours, a tall ship sail-by, drum and fife corps music, a color guard performance and an appearance by Maryland Public Television's Bob the Vid Tech.

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The "Singing Living American Flag" ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Call 410-563-3524 or go to americanflagfoundation.org.

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[ALLIE SEMENZA]

CLASSICAL MUSIC

FLEISHER'S TWO-PIANO CONCERT

Acclaimed pianist Leon Fleisher and his wife, Katherine Jacobson, join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the two-piano version of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 7 tonight through Sunday. Fleisher began musical training at age 4, made his New York Philharmonic debut at age 16 and performed all over the world until, at age 37, he developed focal dystonia, a condition that limited the use of his right hand. Fleisher retired from playing and turned to conducting and teaching until recent medical advances allowed him to return to two-handed piano performance. The BSO concerts will be led by guest conductor Gunther Herbig and will include Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.

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The performances are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda. Tickets are $21-$80. Call 410-783-8000 or 877-BSO-1444 or go to baltimoresymphony.org.

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[ALLIE SEMENZA]

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