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January 14, 2013 | By David Ng
This post has been updated. "Picnic," the 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge, is getting a rare revival on Broadway from the Roundabout Theatre with a cast of young, good-looking actors paired alongside more seasoned veterans. Maggie Grace, who appeared in NBC's "Lost" and the "Twilight" movies, stars alongside Sebastian Stan, who was in the shortlived USA series "Political Animals. " They are joined by Ellen Burstyn (who was also in "Political Animals"), Mare Winningham and Elizabeth Marvel.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2008 | Times staff writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By David Ng
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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