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July 18, 2012

Modell Center at the Lyric announces 2012-13 season

Popular, propulsive musicals; vintage rock bands; a smattering of cirque and Celtic; an evening with Whoopi Goldberg -- all components in the 2012-2013 season lineup of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.

Two Broadway hits that have toured the region in recent years are on the list: The energetic Public Theater revival of the original rock music, "Hair" (March 8 and 9); and "Dreamgirls," a high-energy show very loosely based on The Supremes and other Motown groups (May 4 and 5).

In a bit of age-defying bravado, 60-year-old Cathy Rigby will be back in the air as the title character in "Peter Pan," the role that earned her a Tony nomination in 1990. The show is booked March 22 and 24.

Other productions on the schedule include ...

Cirque Éloize (Jan. 5 and 6), a widely traveled company founded almost 20 years ago; and "Lord of the Dance" (March 5), the Celtic show created by Michael Flatley that has toured extensively since the mid-'90s.

The season also offers a "Sesame Street" production (Sept. 7 to 9), along with concerts by Journey (Oct. 14), Aussie Pink Floyd (Nov. 13), and the Moody Blues (Dec. 1). Goldberg will perform on Nov. 3.

Holiday fare at the center will include presentations of "A Christmas Carol" (Dec. 15) and "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 21 and 22).

As previously announced, Lyric Opera Baltimore will stage "La Boheme" Nov, 2 and 4, conducted by Steven White, directed by Bernard Uzan. The cast includes Anna Samuil as Mimi, Eric Margiore as Rodolfo, Colleen Daly as Musetta, and Timothy Mix as Marcello.

The company will also offer "Rigoletto" May 17 and 19, as well as a concert of bel canto repertoire with piano accompaniment April 13.

Peabody Opera Theatre will return to the Lyric with a production of "Don Giovanni" Nov. 16 and 18.

For season ticket info call 410-900-1150.


Posted by Tim Smith at 11:56 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens


Glad I dropped in on your blog today--Anna Samuil is a treat, live. Very much underused in US houses.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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