Jul 312017
 
Bright Star On The Way To Ahmanson Theatre

Carmen Cusack (center) and the cast of the original Broadway production of “Bright Star.” “Bright Star” is part of the 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented by special arrangement with Joey Parnes Productions October 11 through November 19, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Ahmanson or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Nick Stokes.

 

“Bright Star”

Music, Lyrics and Book by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Choreography by Josh Rhodes

Directed by Walter Bobbie

 

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and enthralling performances. Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly called “Bright Star,” “A genuinely delightful show bolstered by an incredible debut from Carmen Cusack.”

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin October 11.
Opens October 20. Through November 19, 2017.
Previews (October 11 – October 19):
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Opens Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (October 21 – November 19):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No 8 p.m. performance on Wednesday, October 25. Added 2 p.m. performance on Thursday, November 16. No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, November 19.

LOCATION:
Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
The Music Center
135 N. Grand Avenue
Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Jul 302017
 

Community Conversations Coming To Ahmanson Theatre

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PARTNERS WITH EAST WEST PLAYERS ON

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “SOFT POWER”

BY DAVID HENRY HWANG AND JEANINE TESORI

AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

The Two Organizations Will Hold Four Community Conversations

Exploring Themes of this Center Theatre Group Commission

Center Theatre Group’s “Soft Power” Begins

May 3, 2018 and Runs Through June 10, 2018

 

Center Theatre Group will partner with East West Players on the upcoming world premiere of “Soft Power” at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3 through June 10, 2018, announced Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Through the partnership, East West Players will add this new work created by Tony Award-winning artists David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori as part of its 2017-2018 Season and will also collaborate with Center Theatre Group on four Community Conversations leading up to the play’s premiere as part of the Ahmanson Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season.

“When we started talking with our colleagues at East West Players about ways to collaborate, we quickly realized that ‘Soft Power’ was the perfect opportunity for us to continue a tradition of artistic partnership by bringing our audiences together once again for a unique new work from David Henry Hwang,” said Ritchie. “The last time we partnered was on ‘Yellow Face’ at the Mark Taper Forum, so it’ll be great to have East West Players’ subscribers join us in another fascinating journey into David’s imagination, this time at the Ahmanson.”

“It is an honor to partner with Center Theatre Group on the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s ‘Soft Power,’” said Snehal Desai, East West Players’ Producing Artistic Director. “As the playwright that is the namesake of our theatre and whose work East West Players has produced more than any other, David’s prescience and ability to turn a mirror not only to our world as it is, but also where we are heading never ceases to astonish. With this production, our relationship with Center Theatre Group will continue to deepen as we initiate a series of joint Community Conversations on Asian American representation and storytelling. East West Players’ 52nd season is dedicated to community and partnerships, and we are proud to include Center Theatre Group as part of ‘The Company We Keep.’”

The four joint Community Conversations are scheduled to take place on October 26, 2017, January 18, 2018, March 15, 2018 and June 5, 2018. Locations, topics and panelists will be announced at a later date. Center Theatre Group’s Community Conversations are a series of panel discussions free and open to the public that feature local thought leaders in dialogue about the context, issues and ideas finding voice on our stages.

“The Community Conversations are that moment when we ask people in our community to help us make relevant the themes and ideas that are alive on our stage,” said Leslie K. Johnson, Center Theatre Group’s Director of Social Strategy, Innovation and Impact. “Asking thought leaders to come and spark that conversation is exciting. By inviting them into the room, we are able to hear someone who lives these topics every day discuss them in the context of the show.”

“Soft Power” begins as a contemporary play before jumping 100 years into the future and exploding into a Chinese musical about present-day America. This seductive new work has book and lyrics by Hwang and music by Tesori. A beloved East-meets-West musical, China’s 21st-century rise and a Presidential candidate’s fundraiser collide to make mayhem—and some beautiful music. This show is inspired by the West’s often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, and China’s quest for world cultural influence, also known as “Soft Power.”

“Soft Power,” directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Sam Pinkleton, is a Center Theatre Group commission and marks the first collaboration between Hwang and Tesori.

 

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Jul 292017
 
Carmen Cusack To Star In Bright Star At Ahmanson Theatre

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in the original Broadway production of “Bright Star.” “Bright Star” is part of the 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented by special arrangement with Joey Parnes Productions October 11 through November 19, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Ahmanson or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Nick Stokes.

 

CARMEN CUSACK TO REPRISE HER TONY-NOMINATED ROLE IN THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRODUCTION OF

“BRIGHT STAR” AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

Tickets For The Award-Winning Musical On Sale Now!

Which Runs October 11 Through November 19, 2017

 

Center Theatre Group has announced that Carmen Cusack will reprise her Tony-nominated role as Alice Murphy in “Bright Star” at the Ahmanson Theatre. The Tony-nominated Best Musical, with music, lyrics and story by Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell, will be presented by Center Theatre Group by special arrangement with Joey Parnes Productions at the Ahmanson Theatre October 11 through November 19, 2017. The opening is set for October 20 and individual tickets are on sale NOW!

The powerfully moving new musical is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. “Bright Star” won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. It also received five 2016 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations.

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and enthralling performances. Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly called “Bright Star,” “A genuinely delightful show bolstered by an incredible debut from Carmen Cusack.”

 

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Jul 182017
 
CAST SET FOR THE RED SHOES AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

Sam Archer (left) and the cast of Matthew Bourne’s production of “The Red Shoes.” “The Red Shoes” will be presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center at the Ahmanson Theatre September 15 through October 1, 2017. For season tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4444. Photo by Johan Persson.

 

CAST SET FOR THE MATTHEW BOURNE / NEW ADVENTURES PRODUCTION OF “THE RED SHOES” AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center Present the American Premiere of

“The Red Shoes”

September 15 Through October 1, 2017

Based on the Film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale

“The Red Shoes” Features Music by Bernard Herrmann

 

The cast is set for the acclaimed Matthew Bourne / New Adventures production of “The Red Shoes.” Presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, the American premiere of “The Red Shoes” runs September 15 through October 1, 2017, with the opening set for September 19.

The role of Victoria Page, the girl who dreams of being a great dancer, was created by New Adventures leading lady Ashley Shaw in a career defining performance. She will perform the role at the Ahmanson Theatre, as will New Adventures rising star Cordelia Braithwaite who has also received great praise for her interpretation.

Sam Archer, who created the title role in “Edward Scissorhands” in 2005 and performed the role at the Ahmanson, has starred in “Cinderella,” “The Car Man” and “Play Without Words.” Archer returned to New Adventures to create the iconic role of Svengali-like impresario Boris Lermontov, which he will perform at the Ahmanson. Jack Jones, who recently made his debut in the role, will also play Lermontov at some performances.

Dominic North, one of New Adventures’ most popular dancers, created the role of Julian Craster. Joining him in the role for the U.S. tour is American Ballet Theatre star Marcelo Gomes, who was last seen with New Adventures in “The Car Man” at Sadler’s Wells in 2015 and previously danced The Swan in “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” in Tokyo in 2014.

Completing the principal cast are the leading dancers of the Lermontov Company. Prima Ballerina Irina Boronskaja is played by Michela Meazza, who returns to New Adventures where she has danced and created many leading roles. She is joined by Company favorites Anjali Mehra, most recently seen as both The Queen and The Girlfriend in “Swan Lake,” and Nicole Kabera, who most recently played “Queen Eleanor” in “Sleeping Beauty.”

The role of Ivan Boleslawsky has been created by one of New Adventures finest young dancers Liam Mower (the original West End Billy Elliot now taking on his seventh principal role with New Adventures). Also playing Ivan is popular company dancer, Danny Reubens, who scored a great personal success recently as Jack in “Lord Of The Flies” and rising star, Will Bozier.

The role of Lermontov Company choreographer and character dancer Grischa Ljubov, was created and will continue to be played by veteran company dancer, Glenn Graham, who played The Swan in “Swan Lake” and has recently been seen as King Benedict in “Sleeping Beauty.” Also playing the role of Grischa will be Leon Moran recently seen in “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Car Man” and as Jim in “Edward Scissorhands.”

Completing the New Adventures cast as the leading dancers and creative team behind the Ballet Lermontov are Steph Billers (cover Irina Boronskaia), Jackson Fisch, Joshua Harriette, Daisy May Kemp, Philip King (cover Julian Craster), Dominic Lamb (cover Grischa Ljubov), Katrina Lyndon (who also plays Victoria Page) Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (who also plays Julian Craster) Joe Walkling, Katie Webb (cover Victoria Page) and Seren Williams.

A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, “The Red Shoes” has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists who created “Sleeping Beauty,” Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

“The Red Shoes” is set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese). Herrmann’s work ranges from the witty and playfully robust to the achingly romantic and bittersweet.

Bourne has enjoyed a special relationship with Los Angeles audiences, and Center Theatre Group, in particular. In addition to “Swan Lake,” which had its American premiere at the Ahmanson in 1997, a total of eight other Bourne productions have been presented: “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Car Man,” “Play Without Words,” “Nutcracker!,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “My Fair Lady” and “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s a feast for the eye, with every scene animated by sharp detail and witty characterization,” said Luke Jennings of The Observer in his review of the London engagement. “Bourne choreographs with the lightest of touches, threading in references to Hollywood movies and Diaghilev-era ballets as he goes. ‘The Red Shoes,’ I’m certain, will be dancing for years to come.”

“Bourne’s production provides something that Powell and Pressburger by definition couldn’t: the immediacy of flesh-and-blood dancers, right before your eyes,” said Mark
Monahan of The Daily Telegraph. “It’s a complex story, one that ricochets between London and France, art and real life. And, brilliantly aided and abetted by his long-standing designer Lez Brotherston, Bourne lets it unfold clearly and urgently, with no prior knowledge of the film necessary.”

Matthew Bourne is a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. He has been recognized by over 40 international awards and was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance in 2001.

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is one of the leading presenters of dance on the West Coast. The celebrated series offers significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world. Entering its second decade, Dance at The Music Center continues to be a powerful commissioning force through the support of new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers. Performances take place throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, providing the ideal setting for inspiring dance experiences.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Bank of America is the season sponsor and Delta airlines in the official airline sponsor for Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Tickets for “The Red Shoes” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group Box Office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $30 – $130 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012.

 

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Jun 162017
 
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time At Ahmanson Theatre

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone (center) with the cast of the touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre August 2 through September 10, 2017. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

CAST IS SET FOR

“THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME”

PLAYING AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE AUGUST 2 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Tony and Olivier Award-Winning Best Play

A New Play by Simon Stephens

Adapted From the Novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Marianne Elliott

Casting is set for the Los Angeles engagement of the National Theatre production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” presented at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. The Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott (“War Horse”). “Curious Incident…” previews August 2, opens August 3 and continues through September 10, 2017.

The cast will include Juilliard graduate Adam Langdon as Christopher, Gene Gillette (“War Horse”) as Ed, Felicity Jones Latta (“Metamorphoses”) as Judy, Maria Elena Ramirez (“Fish in the Dark”) as Siobhan and Amelia White (“The Heiress”) as Mrs. Alexander. The ensemble includes Brian Robert Burns (“War Horse”), Francesca Choy-Kee (“Disgraced”), Josephine Hall (“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”), John Hemphill (“School of Rock”), Robyn Kerr (“Dark Vanilla Jungle”), Kathy McCafferty (“Dada Woof Papa Hot”), Tim McKiernan (“War Horse”), J. Paul Nicholas (“Blood and Gifts”), Geoffrey Wade (“Translations”) and Tim Wright (“Curious Incident”/Broadway). Benjamin Wheelwright (“Curious Incident”/Broadway) will play Christopher at certain performances.

The production is designed by Tony Award winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning video designer Finn Ross, with lighting by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, choreography by Scott Graham and Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph, and hair and wig design by David Brian Brown. Casting is by Daniel Swee, CSA and Cindy Tolan, CSA.

In “… this highly original, deeply engaging play” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today), 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

 

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Jun 152017
 

 

PRE-BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF “CRAZY FOR YOU” ANNOUNCED AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S 51ST SEASON AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

FIVE-TIME TONY-WINNING DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER SUSAN STROMAN

RETURNS TO THE SHOW THAT LAUNCHED HER CAREER

With Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and

Book by Two-Time Tony Nominee Ken Ludwig,

“Crazy for You”

Will Play Los Angeles February 7 through March 18, 2018

 

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Joey Parnes announced today that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Crazy for You,” with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor”), will be produced by Center Theatre Group in an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre. Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “Show Boat,” “Contact”), who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production of the musical, will direct and choreograph this limited Los Angeles engagement which will begin performances February 7, 2018, and run through March 18, 2018.

“‘Crazy for You’ is – at its heart – a raucous musical tale about the power art has to bring life to a community and purpose to its people,” Ms. Stroman said. “It’s as resonant today as ever, and I am thrilled at the chance to re-discover this show and introduce a whole new generation to its great comedy, unabashed romance and the most choreographically-inspiring Gershwin music the world has ever known.”

“I’m thrilled that a whole new generation of theatregoers will get to see ‘Crazy for You’ at the great and glorious Ahmanson Theatre,” said Ken Ludwig. “It will be a treat for me to roll up my sleeves, revisit the show and spend time once again in Deadrock, Nevada with Bobby, Polly and Bela Zangler.”

Featuring a score of showstoppers by George and Ira Gershwin including “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Slap That Bass” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Crazy for You” is an irresistibly funny valentine to the American musicals of the 1930s. The book by Ken Ludwig brings audiences into a world of cowboys and showgirls, where a Wall Street guy and a Main Street gal can fall madly in love, put on a show and dance their way to happiness.

 

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Jun 062017
 
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time At Ahmanson Theatre

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone (center) with the cast of the touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre August 2 through September 10, 2017. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

A New Play by Simon Stephens
Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel
Directed by Marianne Elliott

 

A new play by Simon Stephens, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. The play follows 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Previews August 2 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Opens August 3 at 8 p.m. Through September 10, 2017.
Regular Performances (August 4 – September 10):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $25 – $130 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 972-4400 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre: The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Apr 222017
 
Mark Ballas To Star In Jersey Boys

Mark Ballas, who will appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by SMOG design.

MARK BALLAS REPRISES HIS ACCLAIMED BROADWAY PERFORMANCE AS FRANKIE VALLI IN LOS ANGELES CAST OF

“JERSEY BOYS”

Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-Winning Best Musical

Directed by Des McAnuff

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, previewing May 16 and 17, opening May 18 and continuing through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre.

Mark Ballas will reprise his hit Broadway performance as Frankie Valli for the Los Angeles engagement of the tour. Ballas, known for his Emmy nominated work on “Dancing with the Stars,” made his Broadway debut in the role last fall (October 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017). Critically acclaimed ‘Frankie veterans’ Aaron De Jesus and Miguel Jarquin-Moreland will play Frankie Valli at certain performances during the week. The cast of “Jersey Boys” will also feature Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi) and Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella.

The ensemble of “Jersey Boys” includes Mark Edwards, Corey Greenan, Bryan Hindle, David LaMarr, Austin Owen, Kristen Paulicelli, Leslie Rochette, Andrew Russell, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Dru Serkes, Jonny Wexler and Jesse Wildman.

“Jersey Boys” is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). “Jersey Boys” has been seen by over 24 million people worldwide (as of January, 2017).

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, “Jersey Boys” is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

“Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard – and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

“Jersey Boys” opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005, running 11 record-breaking years and becoming the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. The boys said goodbye to Broadway on January 15, 2017. The “Jersey Boys” U.S. National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006. Tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The “Jersey Boys” design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award for his lighting design of “Jersey Boys”), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Clark (projections design), Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Orich (orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (music supervision, vocal/dance arrangements and incidental music).

“Jersey Boys” is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The original Broadway cast recording of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit. “Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas,” a holiday CD featuring international cast members of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

Tickets for “Jersey Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

The Four Seasons
Mark Ballas (Frankie Valli) has captivated audiences on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for 18 seasons. He’s a two-time champion, nine-time finalist and 2011 Emmy nominee for his work on the show. Stage Credits: Buddy – “The Buddy Holly Story,” “Copacabana,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He choreographed Pepsi’s Super Bowl commercial starring Sofía Vergara and the Oscar commercial for Shonda Rhimes’ “The Catch.”
He is half of the duo Alexander Jean with wife BC Jean. Their debut single/EP reached #1 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart. Mark is an accomplished flamenco and electric guitar player.
Training: The Italia Conti Performing Arts School, London. www.alexanderjean.net

Aaron De Jesus (Frankie Valli at certain performances). Credits: “Jersey Boys” (Joey), Disney’s “The Lion King” (Timon), “Wicked” (Averic, Boq u/s), “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (Patsy), “Peter Pan” (Peter), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Seymour), “Big River” (Tom Sawyer), “Guys and Dolls” (Nicely), “Cats” (Gus), “Oliver!” (The Artful Dodger), “A Funny Thing . . . Forum” (Pseudolus), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Joseph), “El muerto disimulado” (Clarindo), “The Crucible” (Ezekiel Cheever). aarondejesusonline.com. Instagram: @aaron.dejesus

Miguel Jarquin-Moreland (Frankie Valli at certain performances). Theatre: “Jersey Boys” (First National Tour); “Grease” (North Shore); “Buddy Holly” (Walnut St.); “Kingdom” (Old Globe); “Rent” (National Tour). Film/TV: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Great Fight,” “One Life to Live,” “At the Top of the Pyramid.” Training: B.M. in Musical Theatre from Catholic University; The Barrow Group; Margie Haber Studio.

Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito). Originally from Denver, Colorado, Matthew has performed professionally from the age of nine. Most recently, Matthew traveled Spain, Italy and France in “Saturday Night Fever – The Musical.” Favorite performances include “Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), “7 Brides…Brothers” (Daniel/Frank), “A Chorus Line” (Mike), “1940’s Radio Hour” (BJ Gibson), “Cinderella” (Prince), and “Viva Vegas” (Elvis). @mdailey88

Keith Hines (Nick Massi). Recent off-Broadway: “Cougar the Musical” (Buck), “Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man” (Stefan). Credits include: “Les Miz” (Enjolras, WVPT), “Camelot” (Lancelot, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), “1776” (Thomas Jefferson, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), “Urban Cowboy” (Bud, WVPT), “The Crucible” (John Proctor), “Picnic” (Hal). Master’s Degree in music, Oklahoma City University (voice: Florence Birdwell), The Studio/NY (Jayd McCarty’s acting conservatory). www.keith-hines.com

Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio). Regional: “Legally Blonde” (Warner, Fulton Theatre), “Mamma Mia!” (Sky, MSMT). Lincoln Center’s Sinatra Centennial Concert. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University 2016. Twitter/Instagram @cocojeacoco

Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys! Log on to www.JerseyBoysTour.com/watch.

 

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Mar 272017
 

JerseyBoys

L-R: Cory Jeacoma, Matthew Dailey, Aaron De Jesus and Keith Hines in the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

“Jersey Boys”
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music by Bob Gaudio; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo; Directed by Des McAnuff

 

The megahit, Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, and how this group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.
They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

DATES/TIMES:
Previews May 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Opens May 18 at 8 p.m.
Through June 24, 2017.
Regular Performances (May 19 – June 24):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

Exceptions:
Added 8 p.m. performance on Monday, June 19. No performances Saturday, May 20. Added 2 p.m. matinee on Thursday,May 22.

TICKET INFO:
Ticket Prices: $25 – $125 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 972-4400 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge,visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION:
Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Mar 102017
 
The Cast Of “Into the Woods” At Ahmanson Theatre

Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella, Anthony Chatmon II as Cinderella’s Prince and the cast of the Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods,” which plays April 4 through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ACCLAIMED FIASCO THEATER PRODUCTION OF

“INTO THE WOODS”

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE
APRIL 4 – MAY 14, 2017

“Truly enchanting …These are the woods that you want to get lost in, a place you’ll find buried treasures that you didn’t even know existed.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

The complete cast has been announced for the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” opening April 5th 2017, at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre and playing through May 14th 2017, with one preview performance on April 4. This celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

This wildly inventive ensemble piece features versatile actor/musicians who sing, act and play instruments, including Anthony Chatmon II as Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Eleasha Gamble as Baker’s Wife, Evan Harrington as Baker, Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood/Rapunzel, Bonne Kramer as Cinderella’s Stepmother/Jack’s Mother, Patrick Mulryan as Jack/Steward, Darick Pead as Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel’s Prince, Evan Rees, Music Director/Pianist, Fred Rose as Mysterious Man, Stephanie Umoh as Witch and Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella/Granny, with Joshua Archer, Sean Peter Forte, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore and Alanna Saunders.

“The key element in every Fiasco show is the sense of ensemble that the audience sees on stage. What you’re seeing is not a group of individuals, but an actual group — like seeing a band or a choir. We’re really listening, breathing and thinking together,” said Steinfeld, who is also co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater.

 

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Feb 162017
 
“Remote L.A.” Participatory Art Experience

As part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 50th season, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Created by documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, performances for “Remote L.A.” begin March 12 and run through April 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rimini Protokoll.

“Remote L.A.” By Rimini Protokoll

Concept, script and direction by Stefan Kaegi

Research, script and direction for L.A. by Jörg Karrenbauer

Celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Season with a pedestrian-based live art experience. Participants will join a group of 50 people exploring Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it, directed and produced by award-winning international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll. Participants are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. At times the group is given tasks—take the Metro or travel at a new pace. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. Through April 2.
Regular Performances: (March 15 – April 2):
Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
No Monday performances.

*Each performance will begin at La Plaza (501 N Main St) at the times indicated above. Participants should meet at the Ahmanson Box Office a half hour prior to show time.

TICKET INFO:
Ticket Prices: $39 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)

Tickets are available online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office. Advance tickets only. Groups: (213) 972-7231.
LOCATION:
Meet guides at Ahmanson Box Office a half hour prior to show time.
Ahmanson Box Office is located at The Music Center,
135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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Jan 132017
 
“Fun Home” At The Ahmanson Theatre

L-R: Alessandra Baldacchino as ‘Small Alison’, Pierson Salvador as ‘Christian’ and Lennon Nate Hammond as ‘John’ in the national tour of “Fun Home.” “Fun Home” is part of the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season and will be presented February 21 through April 1, 2017.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

“Fun Home”

Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron;
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Choreography by Danny Mefford; Directed by Sam Gold

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, “Fun Home” introduces Alison at three different ages in her life, as she explores and unravels the mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical, Alison eventually sees her parents through the eyes of a grown-up. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book, Score and Director of a Musical, “‘Fun Home’ is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway” (The New York Times).

DATES / TIMES:
Previews February 21 at 8 p.m. Opens February 22 at 8 p.m.
Through April 1, 2017.
Regular Performances (February 23 – April 1):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: Added 8 p.m. performance on Monday, March 27 and 2 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 30.

 

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