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Cicely Tyson in 'Trip to Bountiful' leads Ahmanson 2014-15 season

February 13, 2014|By David Ng
  • Cicely Tyson in a scene from the 2013 Broadway revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York.
Cicely Tyson in a scene from the 2013 Broadway revival of "The Trip… (Joan Marcus )

Cicely Tyson will bring her recent Tony Award-winning performance in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" to Los Angeles as part of the Ahmanson Theatre's 2014-15 season, the Center Theatre Group announced Thursday.

The season will feature five productions including touring versions of the Broadway musicals "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and the previously announced "Matilda the Musical."

Tyson's "Bountiful" is set to open the Ahmanson's new season Sept. 26. The revival, directed by Michael Wilson, ran on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Preview performances at the Ahmanson are scheduled to begin Sept. 17, with the run concluding on Nov. 2. 

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Tyson won her first Tony last year for playing the elderly heroine who embarks on a bus voyage back to her hometown of Bountiful. 

Also part of the Ahmanson schedule: "Heartbeat of Home,” a dance extravaganza by the producers and director of "Riverdance," featuring tributes to dance from various nations. The production is scheduled to run Dec. 9 to Jan. 18, with an official opening set for Dec. 10.

Dame Edna, who has said farewell to show business more times than Shia LaBeouf and Cher combined, will return to the Ahmanson as part of her "Dame Edna and Barry Humphries: The Final Farewell Tour." The production, which has already been seen in Australia and Great Britain, is set to run Jan. 24 through March 15, 2015, with an opening on Jan. 28.

"Cinderella" will come to the Ahmanson following its opening on Broadway last year. The production is set to run March 17 through April 26, 2015. The official opening is set for March 18, 2015.

As previously announced, "Matilda" will kick off its national tour at the Ahmanson with an engagement set for May 29 through July 12, 2015.

[Updated: a previous version of this post stated that "The Trip to Bountiful" was coming to the Ahmanson as part of a tour, based on information provided by a CTG spokeswoman. The spokeswoman later said that the production won't be a tour and is unique to L.A.]


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