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October 12, 2012

'Wicked' cast members in benefit for Moveable Feast, Broadway Cares

Cast members from the dynamic national touring production of "Wicked" running through Nov. 4 at the Hippodrome will head across town one night next week after a performance to take part in a great cause -- a fundraiser for Baltimore's Moveable Feast and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The cabaret, "Witches' Night Out," is set for at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Central in Mount Vernon.

Company members have a long history of lending their support to charitable causes, raising more than $2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local community AIDS charities during the seven years "Wicked" has been touring.

With "Witches Night Out," the performers have devised a showcase to display their beyond-Oz talents.

Admission to the Grand Central show is $20 ($40 for front row "VIP" seating), available at the door, which open at 11 p.m. Tickets are tax-deductible; all proceeds will benefit the charities.

A live auction will also be part of the event. Goodies being auctioned off include backstage visits to the Hippodrome to see Elphaba get her green coating applied, and a chance to be have your very own green-over from a "Wicked" makeup artist.

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Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens, Hippodrome

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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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