COSTA MESA — "City of Angels," a take on 1940s Los Angeles that won the Tony for best musical of 1990, will open the 1991-92 Broadway series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center this fall.
"The Secret Garden," another Tony-winning musical, will make its way to the Center, as will two Broadway-bound revivals, "Man of La Mancha" with Raul Julia and "My Fair Lady" with Christopher Plummer. Also in the series: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story."
"City of Angels," now playing the Schubert Theatre in Los Angeles, is a detective story about an ambitious young screenwriter. It was written by Larry Gelbart with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. It opens here Oct. 31.
Film star Julia plays Don Quixote in the 25th-anniversary revival of "Man of La Mancha" that comes here Dec. 23 as part of a tour aimed at bringing it to Broadway sometime next year. The revival is being produced by Mitch Leigh, who wrote the music for the play and produced the original New York staging. The Lerner and Loewe perennial "My Fair Lady" comes here in June with Plummer in the role of Prof. Henry Higgins.
"The Secret Garden," based on a popular childhood novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, concerns a 10-year-old girl who loses her parents and is sent to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire moors. Marsha Norman won a Tony last month for her script; she also wrote the lyrics. Lucy Simon wrote the music. The show will be here in August, 1992.
"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" opens March 17 and will feature live renditions of Holly tunes as well as songs by Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), all of whom died in the same plane crash in 1959. The production will include a recreation of their last performance, in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Subscriptions for the five-play series will range from $102 to $217. Current Broadway series subscribers will receive renewal notices before Aug. 25, when subscriptions go on general sale. Remaining individual tickets will become available four to six weeks before each engagement. Information: (714) 556-2787.