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October 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The singular Jeff Goldblum joined us Tuesday for an online video conversation about his role in the Theresa Rebeck play "Seminar," which is running through Nov. 18 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Goldblum appeared in the the play earlier this year on Broadway, taking over from Alan Rickman, and is now making his L.A. stage debut in the literary comedy. During our conversation, which you can view in its entirety in the video above, Goldblum talked about his character, Leonard, a prominent author who is teaching an adult writing seminar.
April 17, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Baryshnikov does Chekov in "Man in a Case" at the Broad Stage. Plus, a Pulitzer Prize winner: D.L. Colburn's “The Gin Game” at Little Fish Theatre. Dr. Keeling's Curve Mike Farrell portrays the scientist who first sounded the alarm about global warming. Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Tue., 8 p.m. $5-$35. (626) 395-4652. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Tony-winning revival of the classic musical about African American life in 1920s South Carolina.
December 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Anything goes in live theater. And that includes injuries, illnesses and all sorts of physical mishaps that come with performing in high-energy, high-impact productions eight times a week. This week, anything apparently did go when two of the lead performers of the Roundabout Theatre's touring production of “Anything Goes” were forced to withdraw from Wednesday evening's performance at the Ahmanson Theatre. Rachel York, who stars as nightclub performer Reno Sweeney, came down with a stomach virus the day before and was replaced by understudy Mackenzie Warren.
March 13, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
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.
September 4, 2013 | By David Ng
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 | By Margaret Gray
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”)
August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
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 | By Barbara Isenberg
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 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
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.
After a $17.1-million renovation, the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center was rededicated Thursday with the blessings of a long line of dignitaries including the Phantom of the Opera himself. The voice of Robert Guillaume, one of the actors who played the Phantom at the Ahmanson, greeted the event's 500 guests at the beginning of the rededication ceremony with a plea to free him from "the miserable din of jackhammers" that accompanied the renovation.
February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
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.
February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
"Matilda the Musical," the hit family-friendly show based on the Roald Dahl book, will launch a national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2015, organizers announced Thursday. The musical, which won multiple Tony Awards, is currently running on Broadway and on London's West End. "Matilda" will run at the Ahmanson from May to July 2015, organizers said without announcing exact dates. The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, first produced the musical before it moved in 2011 to the West End, where it won seven Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of the Tonys.
February 4, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It might seem odd that South Coast Repertory is presenting a revival of "The Light in the Piazza. " Renowned for developing new American plays, SCR isn't known for producing musicals. What's more, the show hasn't been away all that long. Bartlett Sher's original Broadway production had a spectacular run at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006. But this more contained SCR production provides a unique perspective on "The Light in the Piazza," written by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
January 28, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its award nominations for 2013, and leading the pack are the recent revivals of the musicals "Dreamgirls" by the DOMA Theatre Co. and "The Fantasticks" at South Coast Repertory, with six nominations each, followed by the play "The Nether," produced by Center Theatre Group, with five nominations.  This year's awards are scheduled to be handed out March 17 at a ceremony at the Colony Theatre in...
January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
January 16, 2014 | Matt Cooper
"The Book of Mormon" is back at the Pantages, Segerstrom's Off Center Festival gets underway down in the O.C., and the musical "Let's Misbehave" sings the praises, and the songs, of Cole Porter. Don't Leave It All to Your Children L.A. premiere of this off-Broadway musical-comedy revue about aging gracefully. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Today, next Sun.2 p.m.; ends March 30. $30. (800) 838-3006. Doodu Boy Stefhen F.D. Bryan's solo show about his journey from Jamaica to the U.S. to Japan; contains adult themes.
April 4, 2010
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Where: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. April 11 Price: $25to $105 Contact: (213) 972-0711, events/dance.html
March 19, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
The news that the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" won't be coming to the Ahmanson Theatre this summer (it was talked about, but not set) is more than the loss of a show. It's a symptom. In recent years, an ailing Broadway has had less and less product to offer the 2,071-seat Ahmanson.
January 13, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
We keep hearing that live theater is in a bad way. There's scarcely a drama company around that doesn't depend on government assistance or philanthropic donations; mounds of financial appeals from worthy performance groups come to me weekly by mailbox and phone.  So you wouldn't think a theater management would go out of its way to give would-be playgoers another reason to stay home. Yet that's what I encountered on Saturday night. The occasion was a performance of the play " Peter and the Starcatcher . " The place was the Ahmanson Theatre, at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.  As showtime approached, the PA system came on with the usual request that the audience refrain from recording, photographing, texting or chitchatting on their phones, and that they unwrap their hard candies NOW. Then the lights came down ... and the mezzanine, where I was sitting, filled with the sound of a baby yowling.
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