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September 27, 2012

Hippodrome announces lottery for $25 tickets to 'Wicked'

The Hippodrome will set aside "a limited number of orchestra seats," priced at $25, for the hit Broadway musical "Wicked," which rolls into Baltimore Oct. 3 for a month-long visit.

Regular prices for orchestra seats range from about $65 to $143, so we're talking a bargain here.

The catch: The tickets will be available only on the day of performance and will be distributed by lottery. You have to go to the Hippodrome to participate.

Starting two and a half hours prior to each performance, anxious "Wicked" fans will have 30 minutes to submit their names at the box office, where said names will be placed in a drum.

Two hours prior to the performance, names will be drawn. Winners can buy up to two tickets at $25 each, cash only.

To play in this lottery, bring a valid photo ID., which will be checked when you submit your lottery entry and again if/when you win.

Happy winners may then face another test: How to spend the remaining two hours before curtain time.


Posted by Tim Smith at 11:34 AM | | Comments (0)
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About Tim Smith
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.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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