January 13, 2014 |
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.
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.
February 20, 2013 |
Once more to the barricades, "Les Misérables" fans. The beloved musical is heading back to Broadway next year in the form of the 25th-anniversary touring production, which came to Los Angeles in 2011. "Les Misérables," which has found renewed popularity thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation, is set to open in New York in spring 2014. The production has been touring the United States since 2010 and has stopped at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, the 25th-anniversary production draws inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the original novel.
February 15, 2011
"33 Variations" Where: Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions.) Ends March 6 Tickets: $20 to $80 Information: (213) 972-4400 or http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/33 Peter Serkin recital Where: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Tickets: $30-$40 Informatioin: (888)
January 8, 1988
Christine Lahti, star of the film "Housekeeping," who won a New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination (best supporting actress) for "Swing Shift," will play the pivotal role of Miss Alma opposite Christopher Reeve in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" at the Ahmanson Theatre, Feb. 18 to April 10. Lahti's Broadway credits include Steve Tesich's "Division Street," "Present Laughter" with George C. Scott and "The Country Girl" with Hal Holbrook.
October 23, 2008 |
Acknowledging that "the days ahead are belt-tightening days for all of us," Center Theatre Group said Wednesday it would make 100,000 tickets available at $20 each for the 2008-09 season at its three venues. The $20 tickets are available now for "Spring Awakening" at the Ahmanson Theatre and for "The School of Night" at the Mark Taper Forum, both of which begin previews in downtown L.A. next week. They will go on sale Sunday for "The Little Dog Laughed" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
September 5, 2012 |
"War Horse" on Broadway will ride off into the sunset in January. Producers of the Tony Award-winning drama have set a Jan. 6 closing date for the play at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. By the time it closes, the play will have run for close to 21 months. An import from Britain's National Theatre, "War Horse" has been an international success. The show, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, is running on London's West End and has spawned a U.S. national tour, which recently came to the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. The tour is scheduled to come to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa in January. Using life-size puppets to represent its equine characters, "War Horse" tells the story of a remarkable steed and its adventures during World War I. A movie version of Morpurgo's novel, directed by Steven Spielberg, opened last year. "War Horse" on Broadway won five Tony Awards in 2011, including the prize for new play.
May 30, 2012 |
The 2012-13 season at the Ahmanson Theatre will feature Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar," starring Jeff Goldblum, and the U.S. premiere of "Backbeat," a new musical about the origin of the Beatles, based on the 1994 movie. As previously announced, the theater also will present the touring productions of "Anything Goes" and "End of the Rainbow," the latter starring Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland. The season also will include the musical "The Scottsboro Boys. " In all, the Ahmanson will offer five productions for the regular season, the same as the current season.