Cicely Tyson to Reprise Role in 'BOUNTIFUL' as Part of CTG Ahmanson Theatre's 2014-15 Season; Plus CINDERELLA, MATILDA & More
"The new season, our 48th season at the Music Center of Los Angeles," said Ritchie, "will include from Broadway two hit musicals and a celebrated drama - the magical 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella,' the mischievous 'Matilda The Musical' and the much beloved Cicely Tyson in Horton Foote's exquisite 'The Trip to Bountiful.'
"We also welcome the inimitable Dame Edna for the last time in 'Dame Edna and Barry Humphries: The Final Farewell Tour.' And we are presenting 'Heartbeat of Home,' a high energy celebration of dance and multiculturalism from the producers of 'Riverdance.' "
"It's a season of laughter and poignancy, and of glorious music and dance," said Ritchie. "There is a huge amount of talent surrounding the productions we are presenting next year, and I know Los Angeles audiences will be thoroughly pleased by this and by the scope and sheer entertainment of what we are offering. It will be a season to remember."
Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful"
The critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote's American masterpiece "The Trip to Bountiful," starring the legendary Cicely Tyson, will open the Ahmanson's new season, September 17 through November 2, 2014. The opening is set for September 26.
Tyson, who received an Academy Award nomination for "Sounder" and two Emmy Awards for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," returned to Broadway in 2013 for the first time in over 30 years to star in "The Trip to Bountiful" and received every major theatrical award including the Tony Award for Best Actress, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for her tour-de-force performance as Carrie Watts.
Directed by Michael Wilson, "The Trip to Bountiful" tells Mother Watts' story. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law. Her dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown in Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.
"Heartbeat of Home"
The high energy dance extravaganza "Heartbeat of Home," created by the producers and director of "Riverdance," will be presented at the Ahmanson Theatre during the holidays, December 9, 2014, through January 18, 2015. Opening is set for December 10.
A celebration of the rhythms of Ireland, Cuba, Africa, Spain and more, "Heartbeat of Home" features 29 dancers and 10 musicians in what the Irish Mail on Sunday said is "an extraordinary show ... jaw dropping ... inspiringly imaginative."
Produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan, "Heartbeat of Home" has music by Brian Byrne, lyrics and narrative by Joseph O'Connor and choreography by David Bolger and John Carey.
In describing the new piece, O'Connor said, "When we marry the sexiness of salsa to the thunder of Irish dance, the lyricism of tango to the yearning of sean-no?s, what a night of storytelling we shall have."