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Bill Cosby remains on schedule for March at Lyric

Embattled comedian Bill Cosby remains on the schedule of the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.

Cosby, 77, has been beset in recent weeks with claims of sexual abuse. He is set to perform at 8 p.m. March 27. Though several of his recent concert dates have been canceled, the Lyric has no comment on the status of his Baltimore appearance as of Wednesday morning, according to Nicoletta C. Macris, director of marketing & PR for the Lyric.

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The event is still listed on the Lyric website, and numerous tickets ($50-$85) remain available on Ticketmaster.

In the past couple of months, more than a dozen women have accused the comedian of sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back to the 1970s. Cosby has not been charged and denies the allegations, and his attorney has called the claims "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories" in statements released to media outlets.

More than 30 upcoming concerts are listed on Cosby's website. But performances have been canceled in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, South Carolina and Washington state. A theater in Tarrytown, N.Y., kept two performances Dec. 6 on its schedule but offered refunds to patrons. Hundreds of people returned their tickets, and the theater is increasing security for the performances, according to the Daily Voice.

Among the cancellations was one planned for Dec. 5 at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon who may be a Republican candidate for the White House, is set to replace him.

Other shows have gone on -- including one to a sellout crowd late last month at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., according to Florida Today.

Last month, Netflix canceled a Cosby standup comedy special, and NBC nixed a sitcom it was planning to develop with him. TV Land has pulled "Cosby Show" reruns and scrubbed him from its website. Sun TV and media critic David Zurawik analyzes television's role in the fall of the idealized TV dad here.

Hannibal Buress, the comedian who helped renew attention to existing claims when he called Cosby a "rapist" during a comedy set, is scheduled to perform a couple of weeks earlier at the Lyric, on March 13.

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