September 4, 2013 |
Actor David Krumholtz has left the upcoming revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" at the Ahmanson Theatre. The production, starring Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, is scheduled to begin preview performances Sept. 24. A spokesman for Center Theatre Group said that Krumholtz's departure from the play was due to "personal reasons. " He said that Krumholtz left the production early last week, the second week of a five-week rehearsal process. A representative for Krumholtz wasn't immediately available to comment.
November 29, 2012 |
Could tap-dancing possibly be as fun as Rachel York makes it look? She and the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning Broadway revival of “Anything Goes,” now stopping at the Ahmanson Theatre on its national tour, perform the show's exuberant title number with such saucy, effortless flair and megawatt smiles that I found myself thinking, “I'm signing up for lessons” - I, who get winded riding an escalator in heels. A brief respite from reality - whether a restrictive society or bunions - is both the theme and the promise of Cole Porter's madcap shipboard 1934 musical, which introduced many of his most famous songs (“You're the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It's De-lovely” and of course, “Anything Goes”)
March 13, 2014 |
A show about the late Weimar era vocal troupe the Comedian Harmonists bearing the title "Harmony" had better have memorable singing, and on that score this musical by Barry Manilow and his writing partner Bruce Sussman doesn't disappoint. In solos, duets and ensemble numbers especially, the voices soar on lilting melodies that strive to conjure the glory days of the American musical, that period bookended between Rodgers & Hammerstein and Kander & Ebb. The show's numbers may not evoke those easy-listening Manilow hits of the 1970s, but they have an ingratiating beauty that serves to remind that the man who made famous the Bruce Johnston lyric "I am music.
August 20, 2013 |
Christopher Plummer will bring his one-man show "A Word or Two" to Los Angeles for a brief engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre next year. Center Theatre Group announced on Tuesday that Plummer is scheduled to perform 16 shows from Jan. 19 to Feb. 9. "A Word or Two" ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada in 2012. The stage production tells the story of Plummer's lifelong fascination with the written and spoken word, and features the octogenarian actor reciting pieces by W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and many more.
May 29, 2013 |
Actor Joshua Henry admits he didn't know much about the Scottsboro defendants before auditioning to play one of them in the musical "The Scottsboro Boys. " But the scenes he received to prepare for that audition were powerful. As for the "gorgeous" song excerpts from songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, Henry says, "I thought to myself, 'I'd like to be singing these songs eight times a week.'" He did just that when "The Scottsboro Boys" was on Broadway in fall 2010, and he'll be singing them again when the show opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday.
July 1, 2012 |
What gruesome casualty statistics fail to do, a horse made of wire mesh and plywood pulls off with profound simplicity: Joey, the magnificent puppet stallion at the center of"War Horse,"communicates to a broad public the staggering waste of war. Yes, it's sentimental. Yes, there are scenes that might have given even as inveterate a melodramatist as Charles Dickens pause. But this 2011 best play Tony winner, which launched its national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday, takes the audience on a thrilling roller-coaster ride in which innocence is thrown into a man-made hell.