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Maryland Probes Cancelled Series At Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House

BALTIMORE, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Maryland’s attorney general is investigating several complaints against Baltimore-based Baci Management, alleging failure to refund money paid for tickets to cancelled shows it had booked at the city’s Lyric Opera House.

Four of the five touring shows booked by Baci since October have been cancelled, resulting in a loss of revenue for the 112-year-old theater.

The attorney general’s office has nine open complaints against Baci Management, all filed in the past three weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Court records in Baltimore show more than 30 lawsuits over unpaid bills filed against Baci and company president Nicholas Litrenta’s other companies over the past five years. A 2006 case about an unpaid loan resulted in a judgment of more than $300,000 against Litrenta and Baci.

In 2003, Litrenta joined forces with controversial promoter Jack Utsick, who’s Worldwide Entertainment and Jack Utsick Presents companies are currently in receivership as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, creating a new theatrical company, Baci/Worldwide.

Cancelled performances at the Lyric include Elton John’s “Aida,” “Casablanca,” “On Golden Pond” and “Cabaret.” A final show in the series, a tribute to Ray Charles called “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” is scheduled for the week of April 10th, but it is unclear whether the show will run. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers