Ahmanson Theatre News

Daniel Beaty's THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Opens This Weekend at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty's 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' opens at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 8 p.m. This play with music chronicles Paul Robeson's remarkable life as an artist and political activist in an unforgettable theatrical biography, which runs through May 25. (Previews began April 13.) (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with CTG's DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of Kimber Lee's "different words for the same thing," which begins previews May 4 at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Opening night is May 11 and performances run through June 1, 2014. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal! (more...)

BOOK OF MORMON Stars Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt Set for Twitter Chat, April 11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

We can't wait to say 'Hello' to the stars of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON -- live online! Nic Rouleau (Elder Price) and Ben Platt (Elder Cunningham) will participate in a Twitter chat on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. ET. Find THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter @BookofMormon. The chat will be marked by the hashtag #BOMCHAT. (more...)

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Comes to the Ahmanson, 4/22-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, comes to the Ahmanson Theatre, April 22 - June 1, 2014. (more...)

Sam Anderson, Malcolm Madera, Alyson Reed and More Set for DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING at CTG; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Kimber Lee's "different words for the same thing," which begins previews May 4 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The opening night is May 11 and performances run through June 1, 2014. (more...)

Dance at the Music Center Sets 2014-15 Season: BalletNOWTM Premiere, Australian Ballet & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The wide variety of American and international dance and ballet - which has been the hallmark of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series over its eleven season history -- is highlighted in a diverse season of offerings for the 2014-2015 season, which takes place at three of the four major Music Center venues - the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall. (more...)

TCG Releases 52nd Annual World Theatre Day Messages from Brett Bailey and Diane Rodriguez
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), has released Brett Bailey and Diane Rodriguez's World Theatre Day 2014 messages. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in Paris to craft the International Message, which is then translated into more than 20 languages to mark the global occasion. This year, TCG has renewed their tradition of asking a noted U.S. artist to also reflect on the themes of World Theatre Day. (more...)

L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards Announced - THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, THE NORMAL HEART & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2013. The 45th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 17 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, and was hosted by Nicole Parker. (more...)

New Dramatists to Honor Susan Stroman at 65th Annual Spring Luncheon, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

NEW DRAMATISTS,Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, proudly announces that they will honor five-time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman with their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 65th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute, to be held Thursday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Among the Stroman collaborators offering tributes will be Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck performing a selection from Little Dancer, Taylor Mac performing a selection from The Last Two People on Earth, Tony nominee Marin Mazzie performing from Bullets Over Broadway; and Contact collaborator John Weidman, and cast members from The Scottsboro Boys.The event co-chairs are Letty Aronson, Roy Furman, and Julian Schlossberg. (more...)

Center Theatre Group Announces Winners of 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

From a field of 12 local high school students, Jonah Gould, Mykaela Sterris and LeafRickard have been selected as the winners of the 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional finals. Contestants this year featured high school students from nine Southern California cities, who performed in the regional finals at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Tuesday night, March 11, 2014. The top three student performers received scholarships and the opportunity to perform again in New York City. The August Wilson Monologue Competition is presented by the Center Theatre Group Affiliates, a volunteer organization that supports Center Theatre Group's education and community partnerships programs. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HARMONY Is Discordant in LA Debut
by Timothy Kuryak - Mar 13, 2014

The Comedian Harmonists, an internationally famous, all-male German harmony ensemble that performed between 1928 and 1934, who became one of the most successful musical groups in Europe before World War II, is the basis for this original musical from Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL, 4/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the third production of their 61st season, the West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL: The New Gershwin Musical, created and directed by Ray Roderick, musicaldirection by Bret Simmons with choreography by Charlie Williams. S'WONDERFUL will preview on Friday, April 4, open on Saturday, April 5 and perform for three weeks only through Sunday, April 20 at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Barry Manilow's HARMONY Finally Gets a Deserved Staging at the Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 13, 2014

The big question surrounding the fate of Harmony: Is Broadway ready for another musical about the turbulent 30s and Nazi occupation of Germany? With The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof (although set in Russia and at an earlier time, it's still about the plight of the Jews) and Cabaret firmly planted in our minds as three of the greatest musicals ever written about the Nazis, do we need one more? Barry Manilow has been trying desperately for over 10 years to get his Harmony, the true story about the Comedian Harmonists, onstage. Now at the Ahmanson through April 13, Harmony is beautifully produced and mounted, exceedingly well-performed and a thoroughly moving story about 6 singers/performers whose careers and lives were interrupted and controlled by Naziism. The answer to the big question is a shaky maybe. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Barry Manilow's HARMONY at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 13, 2014

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's 'Harmony,' a new musical, opened last night, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre and plays through April 13 (Previews began March 4). Directed by Tony Speciale, with music by Manilow and book and lyrics by Sussman, 'Harmony' tells the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six young men in pre-WWII Germany who rose from unemployed street musicians to become world-famous entertainers, selling millions of records, starring in over a dozen films, and selling out the most prestigious concert halls around the world. Yet while The Comedian Harmonists' sophisticated music, paired with hilarious comedy, made them the brightest of stars, the group's mixture of Jews and non-Jews put them on a collision course with history. 'Harmony' is a co-production with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta. Below, check out a look back at the opening night festivities, including the red carpet, curtain call, and after party! (more...)

Barry Manilow Reveals New Details On The Development Of HARMONY
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 11, 2014

Internationally celebrated pop music hit-maker Barry Manilow opens up about his long-aborning stage musical HARMONY and the future plans for the project as part of a new interview. (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 09, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST's Daniel Beaty Set for Special Event at CTG's Mark Taper Forum, 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Center Theatre Group welcomes Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty to the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. for a free special event. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shayne Kennon, Will Blum, Leigh Ann Larkin & More in Barry Manilow's HARMONY at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's 'Harmony,' a new musical, opens next Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre and plays through April 13 (Previews began March 4). Directed by Tony Speciale, with music by Manilow and book and lyrics by Sussman, 'Harmony' tells the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six young men in pre-WWII Germany who rose from unemployed street musicians to become world-famous entertainers, selling millions of records, starring in over a dozen films, and selling out the most prestigious concert halls around the world. Yet while The Comedian Harmonists' sophisticated music, paired with hilarious comedy, made them the brightest of stars, the group's mixture of Jews and non-Jews put them on a collision course with history. 'Harmony' is a co-production with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta. Below, check out a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Leigh Ann Larkin and Shayne Kennon Reprise Their Roles in LA Run of Barry Manilow's HARMONY; Opens Tonight
by Courtnie Mele - Mar 04, 2014

In 2013, Leigh Ann Larkin and Shayne Kennon starred in the Atlanta production of Harmony. Today, March 4, they will get to reprise their roles at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in LA. (more...)

WAR HORSE Now Seen by 5 Million Audience Members Worldwide
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

The National Theatre of Great Britain's epic WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, this week achieved the extraordinary milestone of welcoming its 5 millionth audience member worldwide. Additionally, the North American tour of WAR HORSE, which debuted in June 2012 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, is now the highest grossing and most attended play ever to tour the US and Canada. Currently playing at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando, FL, the tour will next move to Miami, FL for an engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. A full tour route is below. The tour continues through August 2014. (more...)

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