Apr 202017
 
“SPAMILTON” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

L-R: Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell in the Off-Broadway production of “Spamilton” at the Triad. “Spamilton” will play the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre November 5 through December 31, 2017. For season tickets and information, please call (213) 972-4444, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or www.Spamilton.com. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

CENTER THEATRE GROUP ANNOUNCES WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

“SPAMILTON” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

NOVEMBER 5 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017

The Hit Musical Parody will launch its National Tour in Los Angeles

 

Center Theatre Group will produce the West Coast premiere of the hit musical parody “Spamilton” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Presented as part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, “Spamilton” will run November 5 through December 31, 2017, with opening set for November 12. The production will launch a national tour with additional cities and dates to be announced. The rest of the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will be announced at a later date.

Created by Gerard Alessandrini, “Spamilton” celebrates and satirizes the Broadway blockbuster with its versatile cast of five. The world premiere Off-Broadway production has been extended three times and is now in its ninth smash month at The Triad and had Lin-Manuel Miranda exclaiming, “I laughed my brains out!”

Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes — is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody ‘Spamilton’ simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” And Ben Brantley said “This smart, silly and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”

Following a run of packed audiences at The Triad on W. 72nd St., “Spamilton,” the comedic musical take on all things “Hamilton” and Broadway, announced its move to 47th Street Theatre/The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre with performances beginning June 2, 2017. The show’s move puts it just a stone’s throw from the theatre housing its inspiration and main punchline.

In addition to the Off-Broadway move in New York City, the new production in Los Angeles and the upcoming tour, “Spamilton” recently opened a production in Chicago.

“We’re very excited about expanding the show a bit,” Alessandrini said. “We will also be adding up-to-date references to “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, and their impact on the current Broadway season. So look out Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Evan Hansen!”

 

Comment?

Name
Email
Comment Title
Rating
Comment Content

 

 

Mar 152017
 
Coeurage Theatre production of “Failure: A Love Story.”

The original cast in the Coeurage Theatre production of “Failure: A Love Story.” Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, “Failure” is part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party and will play April 14-23 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Matthew Denman.

 

Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Douglas: April-May

Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre

 

First Production: “Failure: A Love Story” from Coeurage Theatre Company
Previews April 14 and 15, 2017. Opens April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Through April 23.
by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Michael Matthews

Second Production: “Citizen: An American Lyric” from The Fountain Theatre
Previews April 28 and 29, 2017. Opens April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Through May 7.
by Claudia Rankine
Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney

Third Production: “Dry Land” from The Echo Theater Company
Previews May 12 and 13, 2017. Opens May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Through May 21.
By Ruby Rae Spiegel
Directed by Alana Dietze

Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions.

First Production: “Failure: A Love Story” chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

Second Production: “Citizen: An American Lyric” is a meditation on race that fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image. It is a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America.

Third Production: “Dry Land” is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny.

Preview Performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances: 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.

 

Comment?

Name
Email
Comment Title
Rating
Comment Content

 

 

Feb 082017
 
“Zoot Suit” Opens February 12th At Mark Taper Forum

L-R (foreground): Andres Ortiz and Oscar Camacho (in background Roco Lpez, Raul Cardona, Daniel Valdez and Tiffany Dupont) in the revival of “Zoot Suit.” Written and directed by Luis Valdez and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” opens February 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

“ZOOT SUIT” OPENS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM

“I have tried my best to defend what is most precious in our American society – a society now at war against the forces of racial intolerance and totalitarian injustice,” (George Shearer, defense attorney for the 38th St. Gang in “Zoot Suit”)

Currently in previews, Center Theatre Group’s “Zoot Suit” opens February 12 at the Mark Taper Forum. This legendary play with music will continue through March 19, 2017, (extending one week from the originally announced closing date). Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Demian Bichir, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Jeanine Mason, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Rose Portillo, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum, Raphael Thomas and Daniel Valdez.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

 

Comment?

Name
Email
Comment Title
Rating
Comment Content

 

 

Dec 262016
 
“Good Grief” On The Way To The Douglas Theatre

Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu. Anyanwu’s “Good Grief” will have its world premiere at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Patricia McGregor, “Good Grief” will play February 26 through March 26, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2016 Craig Schwartz

 

“Good Grief” by Ngozi Anyanwu

Directed by Patricia McGregor

World Premiere

“Good Grief” follows Nkechi (played by Anyanwu), a good Nigerian-American girl frozen in her own coming-of-age story. When tragedy strikes on an unplanned break from college, she retreats into her childhood home and reexamines the many steps she’s taken on the way to adulthood, from first crush, to missed connections to the struggles of a first-generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews Begin February 26, 2017. Opens March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Through March 26.
Previews: Sunday through Saturday at 8 p.m. No Monday performance.
Regular Performances (March 7 through 26):
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 public performance on March 14.

Sep 172016
 
Playwright/performer Lucy Alibar in “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Playwright/performer Lucy Alibar in “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

“Throw Me on the Burnpile…” Will Play Through Oct. 2

The world premiere of “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,” written and performed by the Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar (Best Adapted Screenplay for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”), opened on Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. “Throw Me on the Burnpile…” will continue through October 2, 2016, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Directed by Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” blends a lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of inbred cats, phone calls from death row, Daddy’s burnpile and countless other rich ingredients into a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, Florida.

The design team for “Throw Me on the Burnpile…” includes Takeshi Kata for scenic design, Laura Bauer for costumes, Elizabeth Harper for lighting, Adam Phalen for sound and Jason H. Thompson for projection design. The production stage manager is Maggie Swing.

For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.

Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232