Mar 192017
 

 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S PRODUCTION OF “ARCHDUKE” AT
THE MARK TAPER FORUM APRIL 25 THROUGH JUNE 4, 2017

 

Pulitzer-Finalist Rajiv Joseph Returns to the Taper with the World Premiere of His New Play Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the world premiere of “Archduke” by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Archduke” begins previews April 25, opens May 7 and continues through June 4, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Josiah Bania, Stephanie McVay, Ramiz Monsef, Patrick Page, Stephen Stocking and Todd Weeks.
The creative team includes scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Denitsa Bliznakova, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, music and sound by Daniel Kluger and casting by Telsey + Company.

“Archduke” follows the unlikely path to terrorism as three strangers, already struggling to get by, receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose in Belgrade, 1914, makes them the perfect recruits for a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism.

“Archduke” explores the short journey from individual hardship to public harm as personal desperation is cultivated into an act with international significance and a few average men spark World War I.

Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009 before moving to the Taper in 2010 and Broadway in 2011. “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was named a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s play “Guards at the Taj” was a 2016 Obie winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel winner for Best Play. His other plays include “The North Pool,” “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” “Animals Out of Paper” and “The Lake Effect.” His plays have been translated and produced worldwide.

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.

Tickets to “Archduke” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Center Theatre Group box office. Tickets range from $25 – $95 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

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Mar 182017
 
Live Art “Remote L.A.” At Taper

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opened Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they 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. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

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Mar 172017
 

Life Time Hit Series Bring It! Live At Microsoft Theatre

 

LIFETIME’S HIT SERIES “BRING IT” SET TO TAKE THE STAGE IN LOS ANGELES AT MICROSOFT THEATER

AUGUST 16TH 2017 AT 7:30 P.M.

ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 10:00 A.M.

 

After a massive sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime®’s hit series Bring It! is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage in Los Angeles. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! return to the live stage August 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Microsoft Theater as part of the “Bring It! Live” 2017 summer tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849). Tickets start at $47.75 (plus applicable service charges) with pricing subject to change. VIP packages include an add-on photo opportunity with Miss D and the Dolls (available to all price levels), or a deluxe option, which includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program and a photo opportunity. Add-on VIP packages can only be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Limited supplies are available.

In 2016, the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition was brought to the main stage with an inimitable energy that took the country by storm. Audiences across the nation were enamored by the fierce, original, high-octane performances that brought motivation, inspiration and formation. With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2017 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.

New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime Fridays at 9/8c or anytime on mylifetime.com.

“Bring It! Live” is produced by Mills Entertainment, the leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment.
About Lifetime:
Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network’s programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime’s Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
About Mills Entertainment:
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market, and produce live events throughout the US and worldwide. Current projects include Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again!, Cesar Millan Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, and Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future. www.millsentertainment.com

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Mar 162017
 

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DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND A SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED IN LOS ANGELES FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH 2017 AT STAPLES CENTER

GENERAL ON-SALE STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 10:00 A.M.

Due to overwhelming demand, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar, Ed Sheeran, has added a second Los Angeles concert at STAPLES Center on Friday, August 11th 2017.

Tickets for both Thursday, August 10th 2017 and Friday, August 11th 2017 will be available to the general public on Friday, March 17th at 10:00 A.M. (local) at www.AXS.com or charge by phone with AXS at (213) 457-1647.

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart – and has remained there for six weeks total thus far. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the “Hot 100” at #6, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold — the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

“Shape of You” is currently #1 at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ “Top Songs” chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.

“÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s 4x RIAA platinum certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released March 3rd, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of steaming success including the best-ever one day streams for a single artist (68,695,172), best one day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one day streams for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.

“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s “Top 50” in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete tracklisting also instantly entered Spotify’s “Global Top 50” chart, as well as the “Top 50” in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

 

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Mar 142017
 

THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
SPRING 2017 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010

April 2–July 24, 2017

ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH

SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: CATHERINE OPIE AND STERLING RUBY

April 2–June 12, 2017

Arthur Jafa
CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010
April 2–July 24, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Exhibition Curators: Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond
MOCA Curator: Bennett Simpson

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, an exhibition tracing the full evolution of the work of Carl Andre, a crucial figure in the redefinition of contemporary sculpture. The retrospective, which premiered at Dia:Beacon in 2014, includes sculptures; poems and works on paper; a selection of rarely exhibited assemblages; and an unprecedented selection of photographs and ephemera. This is the first museum survey of Andre’s entire five-decade oeuvre and his first retrospective in North America since 1978–80.

The exhibition represents all major historical and aesthetic shifts in Andre’s career, from his early exercises to his most recent work. The main stages of Andre’s mature oeuvre are represented by a large selection of sculptures including the artist’s defining floor sculptures, modular arrangements of unaltered building and industrial materials such as brick stacks, metal squares, slabs, and timber blocks. An unprecedented display of poems and typewriter works examine the pivotal role of language in Andre’s practice, providing a strikingly intimate perspective on his visionary approach to concrete poetry. The exhibition also offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of Andre’s Dada Forgeries—a legendary series of assemblages and readymade-like pieces produced sporadically between the late 1950s and the early 2000s—as well as ephemera and photographic documentation.

The retrospective was co-curated by MOCA Director Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in close collaboration with the artist. The presentation at MOCA follows an extensive European tour including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. A comprehensive catalog accompanies the exhibition.

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 is organized by Dia Art Foundation, and co-curated by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond.

The international tour of Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 is made possible by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional tour support is provided by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Sotheby’s.

The Los Angeles presentation is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Anna Katz, Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

MOCA’s Lead support is provided by the Aileen Getty Foundation, and the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.

Generous support is provided by The Mohn Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Wonmi and Kihong Kwon, and Joseph Varet and Esther Kim Varet.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Allison and Larry Berg, and Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg.

Image credit: Installation view, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York, © Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

RELATED PROGRAMS

MEMBERS’ OPENING: CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958–2010
Saturday, April 1
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1794 or membership@moca.org
FREE for MOCA members; no reservations necessary

LECTURE: CHARLES BERNSTEIN
Sunday, April 30, 3pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

LECTURE: BENNETT SIMPSON
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

LECTURE: ANNA CHAVE
Thursday, July 6, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

Carl Andre
ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH
April 2–June 12, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curator: Helen Molesworth

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a new video by artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa. Set to the searing highs and lows of Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track “Ultralight Beam,” Love Is The Message is a masterful convergence of found footage tracing African American identity through a spectrum of contemporary imagery that includes photographs of civil-rights leaders watermarked “Getty Images,” helicopter views of the L.A. Riots, and a wave of bodies dancing the Dougie. The meticulously edited seven-minute video suspends viewers in a swelling, emotional montage that is a testament to Jafa’s profound ability to mine, scrutinize, and reclaim media’s representational modes and strategies. Alongside images of familiar Black icons and historic events are also scenes of lesser-known figures, anonymous bodies in various states of elation and despair. Excerpts from Jafa’s own documentary film Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014) add a personal dimension to a work otherwise drawn from news media, television, and the Internet. While Love Is The Message poignantly embodies the artist’s desire to create a cinema that “replicates the power, beauty and alienation of Black Music,” it also reminds us that the collective multitude defining Blackness comprises singular individuals with manifold identities and unaccountable differences.

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is organized by Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Allison and Larry Berg.

Image credit: Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (still), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound), 7:30 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome

RELATED PROGRAMS

ARTHUR JAFA AND HELEN MOLESWORTH IN CONVERSATION
Sunday, April 2, 1pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (NCPD)
111 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE with museum admission; priority entry for MOCA members

LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM AT MOCA PRESENTS
ARTHUR JAFA’S DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH
Thursday, May 11, 7pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org
FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members
$15 general admission, $8 students with valid ID

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

Soft Work
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: CATHERINE OPIE AND STERLING RUBY
April 2–June 12, 2017
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curator: Bennett Simpson

MOCA presents two recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection: SOFT WORK (2011–13) by Sterling Ruby and Inauguration Portfolio (2009) by Catherine Opie. Shown in the United States for the first time, Ruby’s SOFT WORK is a large-scale installation of stuffed fabric sculptures in unsettling biomorphic forms. Appendaged cushions and gaping, fang-filled mouths are manically arranged as sausage link–like drips from the ceiling, coiled heaps across the floor, and slumping, abject forms throughout the space. Using textiles that evoke the colors and motifs of the American flag, the sprawling installation offers up that iconic symbol of national pride as an intensely visceral experience—a political scene filled with performative “bodies” that seem to manifest both theater and playground simultaneously. Opie’s 33-photograph Inauguration Portfolio, a collective portrait of the over one million Americans who gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to partake in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, provides a compelling documentary counterpoint to SOFT WORK. Opie focuses her lens not on the swearing-in ceremony itself or other such singular historical moments but instead on more elusive or anti-climactic subject matter—the anonymous figures bundled up in 20-degree weather, the Jumbotron screen broadcasting the ceremony, and the detritus left behind after the crowd has dispersed. Opie’s poignant photographs suggest that the election is significant not only for the person at its center but for the millions of Americans whom the commander-in-chief is called upon to represent through the democratic process.

Selections from the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Image credit: Sterling Ruby, installation view of SOFT WORK (2011-13), Art Basel: Unlimited, Switzerland, 2014, photography by Timo Ohler, courtesy of Sprüth Magers

 

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Mar 122017
 
“Heisenberg” Joins Mark Taper’s 2017 Lineup

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets are currently available by season ticket membership only. For information and to charge season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. To purchase season memberships online, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP BRINGS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRODUCTION OF “HEISENBERG” TO LOS ANGELES

COMPLETING 50TH SEASON AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker

Reprise the Roles They Played on Broadway

at the Taper June 28th Through August 6th 2017

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of “Heisenberg” by Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens has been announced as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Season. This insightful and entertaining new play comes to the Taper June 28th through August 6th 2017. Opening is set for July 6th.

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw and featuring Denis Arndt and Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, the creative team for “Heisenberg” includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Michael Krass (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design) and David Van Tieghem (sound design).

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

 

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Mar 102017
 

Peppa Pig Live Show To Come To Microsoft Theater In December

 

SURPRISE! BRAND NEW PEPPA PIG LIVE SHOW
COMING TO MICROSOFT THEATER ON DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Tickets On-Sale Beginning March 11th at 10:00 a.m.

“#1 box office family tour of 2016” -Pollstar

 

Surprise, Peppa Pig fans! A brand new, live stage show announced today ensures Peppa Pig will be touring North America through 2017 and beyond. Peppa Pig’s Surprise will visit more than 60 cities, stopping by Microsoft Theater on Sunday, December 10, 2017 with two performances. The Peppa Pig stage show, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family theater tours in U.S. history. One hundred twenty five venues have completely sold out with 300,000 tickets sold in the U.S. to date.

Tickets will be available at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849). VIP packages that include a meet and greet are available starting Tuesday, March 7 at 12 Noon local time. Tickets will go on-sale to the public beginning Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m. local time.

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage, giving families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live theater experience.

“Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theater show for all preschoolers,” said Director Richard Lewis, who returns to adapt episodes from the hit TV show for stage as he did with the touring smash hit Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. “It’s been an incredible experience seeing the children’s reactions to the live stage show. It just confirms that Peppa Pig really is a worldwide phenomenon.”

“Audience response has been overwhelmingly positive to the first tour and we look forward to bringing Peppa’s story to life on stage once again with a whole new adventure,” said Jonathan Shank, Executive Producer, Red Light Management. “Kids love interacting with these characters on stage.”

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Show Credits:

• Directed by Richard Lewis
• Composer Mani Svavarsson
• Matt Lewis is lyricist
• Simon Scullion is designer
• Andy Booth is music director
• Produced by Red Light Management, Fiery Angel and eOne

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
www.entertainmentone.com

 

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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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Mar 062017
 

Daryl Hall & John Oates And Tears For Fears In L.A.

 

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES AND TEARS FOR FEARS

ANNOUNCE 29-CITY NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR

Plus a Special Acoustic Performance by opener Allen Stone

LOS ANGELES, CA – FRIDAY, JULY 28 – STAPLES CENTER

Tickets On Sale Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, are partnering with international multi-platinum selling band, Tears For Fears, for a 29-city North American tour. The tour will kick off on Thursday, May 4th in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center and will include stops in Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York, Toronto, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and more, before wrapping up in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Friday, July 28. The summer arena tour will also feature a special acoustic performance by opening act, Allen Stone.

Tickets and VIP packages for the Los Angeles, CA show go on sale beginning Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST). American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday March 14 at 10:00 a.m. (PST) through Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 p.m. (PST)).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are the number-one selling duo in music history.

“I am very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears. Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do. I think everyone is going to love this show!” said Daryl Hall.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road in 2017. Performing with Tears For Fears will be an exciting and musical experience for me and all the fans,” added John Oates.

“We’re thrilled to be going out on the road with Daryl Hall & John Oates this summer,” said Tears For Fears. “We’ve been longtime fans of the band so it’ll be fun to reconnect and also to see our fans throughout the US.”

“We are excited for the partnership between Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears and look forward to a fun summer of music,” added Jay Marciano, Chairman & CEO, AEG Live

CALIFORNIA TOUR DATES

  • Wednesday, July 19 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
  • Sunday, July 23 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
  • Tuesday, July 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center
  • Friday, July 28 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center*

*Tickets on sale Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)

 

About Daryl Hall & John Oates
From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.” By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.
On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.
In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2017 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

About Tears For Fears
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears—Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards]—remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.

Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic albums, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting [1983], quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair [1985], and Seeds of Love [1989]. The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It proved to be a welcome addition to their three-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from “Mad World,” “Change,” and “Pale Shelter” to “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Sowing The Seeds of Love,” and “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.” Now, 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for the band. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, they will release their seventh full-length album, fifth for Roland and Curt together, and first in 13 years following a summer co-headline tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

About Allen Stone
On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Now including seven exciting bonus tracks, Radius Deluxe will be available March 25th. Among them will be the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful” as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.”

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2017 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.

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Mar 052017
 
“GOOD GRIEF” PLAYING AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

L-R: Ngozi Anyanwu and Omozé Idehenre in the world premiere of “Good Grief.” Written by Anyanwu and directed by Patricia McGregor, “Good Grief” plays at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre through March 26, 2017.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “GOOD GRIEF” OPENED

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Ngozi Anyanwu’s Debut Production Will Play Through March 26

 

The world premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu’s new play “Good Grief” opened at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu also performs in “Good Grief,” which runs through March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu’s plays to receive a full professional production.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omozé Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan. Scenic design is by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costume design is by Karen Perry, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Adam Phalen and Kathryn Bostic is composer. Casting is by Meg Fister, Joy Meads is the dramaturg and Anne L. Hitt is the production stage manager.

“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 being a first-generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.

The recipient of the 2016 Humanitas/Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize, Anyanwu is an actress, writer, producer and director. She is a graduate of the University of California San Diego’s MFA acting program and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Point Park University. She has performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. Anyanwu is the founder and one of the original members of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project where she served as Artistic Director and wrote and performed along with several other Nigerian American female artists under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Bank Street Theatre, Women Center Stage Festival). She now serves as Co-Artistic Director of NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival. She has directed “She Gon Learn,” by Lisa Strum for the Emerging Arts Festival and for the United Solo Festival. She has also served as assistant director at Intar (Unit 52) and under Eve Best with Old Vic New Voices.

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.

Tickets for “Good Grief” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performance. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.

 

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Mar 012017
 
Something Rotten

The cast of the touring production of “Something Rotten!” “Something Rotten!” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented November 21 through December 31, 2017. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

CENTER THEATRE GROUP’s 51st SEASON AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE INCLUDES A WORLD PREMIERE, AN AMERICAN PREMIERE, AND WORKS BY EMMY, GRAMMY, OSCAR AND TONY WINNERS

The 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre Features “The Red Shoes,” “Bright Star,” “Something Rotten!,” “Soft Power,” “The Humans” and Another Production To Be Announced Later

Begins September 15, 2017, and Runs Through July 29, 2018

 

Center Theatre Group enters its second half century at the Ahmanson Theatre with the 2017-2018 season announced today by Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. The new season features two Tony-nominated musicals, a Tony-winning play, the world premiere of a Center Theatre Group commission and the American premiere of an exciting new work. An additional production for the subscription season will be announced at a later date.

“For more than 50 years, Center Theatre Group has been working with the world’s greatest artists to present unforgettable experiences for our audiences,” said Ritchie. “As we enter our next 50 years, I am pleased to be able to offer a wide-ranging season for our vibrant and diverse city.

“We welcome the return of the newly knighted Sir Matthew Bourne with the American premiere of another masterpiece, ‘The Red Shoes,’ as well as the return of director / choreographer Casey Nicholaw with a hilarious new musical, ‘Something Rotten!’

“We have Stephen Karam’s new play ‘The Humans’ which swept the 2016 Tony Awards and an incredibly romantic new musical, ‘Bright Star,’ from legendary entertainer Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell.

“Finally, when we looked to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s first 50 years, I turned to Los Angeles-born David Henry Hwang to create a new work to mark the occasion. ‘Soft Power’ was previously announced as part of the Taper 2017-18 season but now will be presented at the Ahmanson. David is joined by fellow Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori to create an excitingly unique new work for our 51st season.”

Matthew Bourne’s Production of “The Red Shoes”
American Premiere

The Red Shoes

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne’s production of “The Red Shoes.” “The Red Shoes” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented September 15 through October 1, 2017. Photo by Johan Persson.

Acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne returns to the Ahmanson Theatre with his 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 20. This production is presented as a bonus option for Center Theatre Group subscribers and will be offered as the first engagement in the Dance at The Music Center 17/18 season.

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.”

“Matthew has been a beloved member of the Center Theatre Group family for many years,” said Michael Ritchie. “It is always a pleasure to welcome him back home.”

“We are thrilled to open the 2017-2018 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Red Shoes,’” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “Matthew has been an extraordinary force in the dance world. His new interpretation of one of the greatest films about ballet, one that highlights the poignant theme of love vs. art, still resonates with audiences today.”

“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.

“Bright Star”

Bright Star

Carmen Cusack (center) and the cast of the original Broadway production of “Bright Star.” “Bright Star” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented October 11 through November 19, 2017. Photo by Nick Stokes.

The Tony-nominated “Bright Star” with music, lyrics and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre October 11 through November 19, 2017, with the opening set for October 20.

The powerfully moving new musical by Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Martin and Grammy winner Brickell, “Bright Star” 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, “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical experience that holds the audience tight in its grasp, “Bright Star” is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

The Grammy-nominated original cast recording of “Bright Star” charted on five different Billboard lists in its first week of wide release. The cast album from Ghostlight Records placed at number 1 on the Top Current Blue Grass Albums chart, number 2 on the Top Broadway chart, number 5 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, as well as hitting the Top 100 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and Top 200 on the Overall Digital Albums chart.

Steve Martin is one of the most well-known and pervasive talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards (two for comedy, three for music), an Emmy, the Mark Twain Award and the Kennedy Center Honor. Martin’s films are widely popular successes, such as “The Jerk,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “Roxanne,” “Parenthood,” “L.A. Story” (Martin also wrote the screenplay), “Father of the Bride” and “Bowfinger.” As an author, Martin’s work includes the plays “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and “The Underpants”; the best-selling novella “Shopgirl” and his memoir “Born Standing Up.” Also an accomplished banjoist, Martin released his third full-length album, “Love Has Come For You,” in 2013 with songwriter Edie Brickell. The album won a Grammy for “Best American Roots Song” and inspired the musical “Bright Star.”

Edie Brickell released the debut multi-platinum album “Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars” with New Bohemians in 1988. Her recent works include a 13-track collaboration with Steve Martin titled “Love Has Come For You.” The duo’s second album “So Familiar” features 12 new songs that bring the duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory.

Walter Bobbie directed the New York productions of “Venus in Fur,” “The Landing,” “Golden Age,” “School for Lies,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” “Chicago,” “The Submission, Cabin Pressure,” “The Savannah Disputation,” “New Jerusalem,” “High Fidelity,” “The Other Woman,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” “Sweet Charity,” “Twentieth Century,” “Footloose,” “Durang Durang,” “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “A Grand Night for Singing.” He was Artistic Director of City Center Encores! where he also directed “Fiorello!,” “Chicago,” “Tenderloin,” “Golden Boy,” “No, No, Nanette” and “Zorba!,” as well as the Carnegie Hall concerts of “South Pacific” and “Carousel.” Bobbie served for 12 years on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is a recipient of the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards.

“Something Rotten!”

Something Rotten

L-R: Josh Grisetti and Rob McClure with the cast of the touring production of “Something Rotten!” “Something Rotten!” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented November 21 through December 31, 2017. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The completely original and uproarious ode to the Broadway musical, “Something Rotten!” comes to Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre November 21 through December 31, 2017. Opening night is the first performance, November 21.

“Something Rotten!” is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”), with music and lyrics by Grammy winner and Tony nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe and Tony nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell. Three Broadway principals will be reprising their roles with Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.

With 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical.

Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post called “Something Rotten!” “a deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that is devilishly clever under its goofy exterior. … Set in 1595 England, the show is a love letter to both Shakespeare and musicals. Never mind that tuners hadn’t been invented yet.” Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times said it “just may be the funniest musical comedy to come around since ‘The Book of Mormon.’”

Karey Kirkpatrick began as a screen and songwriter for Disney Animation, where he penned “The Rescuers Down Under” and “James and the Giant Peach.” Screenwriting credits include “Chicken Run” (Golden Globe nominee for Outstanding Comedy), “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “Flakes” and “Over the Hedge,” which he also co-directed.

Wayne Kirkpatrick is the Grammy-winning songwriter of “Change the World” by Eric Clapton (Song of the Year). His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Joe Cocker, Wynonna, Gabe Dixon, Nickel Creek, Trisha Yearwood, Babyface, Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Little Big Town and Michael W. Smith, among others.

John O’Farrell is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into 25 languages and adapted for BBC radio and television. Film and television credits include “Spitting Image,” “Have I Got News for You,” “Chicken Run,” “Murder Most Horrid” and “Smith and Jones.” O’Farrell won the British Comedy Award and founded U.K.’s first daily satirical news website, NewsBiscuit.

Casey Nicholaw’s Broadway credits include directing and choreographing “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Elf” and Disney’s “Aladdin.” Casey was co-director and choreographer of “The Book of Mormon” and choreographer of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” directed by Mike Nichols (2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, Best Choreography).

“Soft Power”
World Premiere

The world premiere of “Soft Power,” a hilariously provocative new work created by two Tony Award-winning artists, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, will debut at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Sonya Tayeh, this time and genre-bending piece runs from May 3 through June 10, 2018, with set for May 16.

What begins as a contemporary play jumps 100 years into the future and explodes into a Chinese musical about present-day America, in this seductive new work with 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.”

Hwang was commissioned by Center Theatre Group to create this work for the 50th Season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tesori is now joining the creative team as “Soft Power” moves into the 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson.

Hwang returns to Center Theatre Group where he premiered Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellow Face” and his Tony-nominated revival of “Flower Drum Song.” Hwang’s other work includes the plays “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Kung Fu,” “Golden Child,” “The Dance and the Railroad” and “FOB,” and the Broadway musicals “Aida” (co-author, Ahmanson 2001-2002 season) and Disney’s “Tarzan.” He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, and a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (“M. Butterfly”) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage The David Henry Hwang Theatre.

Tesori’s Broadway credits include “Fun Home” (2015 Tony Award winner which plays at the Ahmanson February 21 through April 1, 2017), “Violet,” “Caroline, or Change,” “Shrek The Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Twelfth Night” (Lincoln Center Theater) and John Guare’s “A Free Man of Color.” Tesori also collaborated with Tony Kushner on “Mother Courage” starring Meryl Streep at the Delacorte. Her opera credits include “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck” (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me” (libretto, J. D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

“The Humans”

The Humans

L-R: Reed Birney, Sarah Steele, Jayne Houdyshell and Arian Moayed in the New York production of “The Humans.” “The Humans” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented June 19 through July 29, 2018. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

The Tony Award-winning Best Play of the Year, “The Humans,” written by Stephen Karam and directed by Joe Mantello will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre June 19 through July 29, 2018, with the opening set for June 20.

The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed – then shoved – into the light in this uproarious, hopeful and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.

After transferring from Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre, the Broadway production of “The Humans” swept the 2016 awards season, including winning the Tony Award for Best Play. “The Humans” was also named the Best Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. The Obie Awards honored Stephen Karam with a 2016 Award for Playwriting and he was a Pulitzer Finalist for “The Humans.” Garnering the most ecstatic reviews of any play in recent memory, “The Humans” was heralded as “The Best Play of the Year” by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Record, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, The Wrap and more.

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called “The Humans,” “blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful.” Jesse Green of New York Magazine said, “The best play of the year. The most, well, human play I’ve ever seen. This is why we go to the theatre.”

Stephen Karam is the author of “The Humans” (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist), “Sons of the Prophet” (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Hull-Warriner Award and 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and “Speech & Debate.” Stephen has written a screenplay adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” that opened on Broadway last fall at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.

Joe Mantello received a 2016 Tony Award nomination for “The Humans.” Other directing credits include “Blackbird,” “An Act of God” (on Broadway and at the Ahmanson), “Airline Highway,” “The Last Ship,” “Casa Valentina,” “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers,” “The Other Place,” “Dogfight,” “Other Desert Cities,” “Pal Joey,” “9 to 5” (on Broadway and at the Ahmanson), “November,” “Three Days of Rain,” “The Odd Couple,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” (Tony nomination), “Laugh Whore,” “Assassins” (Tony), “Wicked,” “Take Me Out” (Tony), “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,” “Design for Living,” “The Vagina Monologues” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Tony nomination). Acting credits include the Broadway productions of “The Normal Heart” (Tony nomination) and “Angels in America” (at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway, Tony nomination); and for HBO, “The Normal Heart” (Emmy Award nomination). He is a member of Naked Angels, a Roundabout Theatre Company Associate Artist and has received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway Awards.

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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 for Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season the Ahmanson Theatre.

 

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Feb 252017
 
EXTRA Roger Waters Concert In L.A.

Roger Waters in concert

ROGER WATERS – US + THEM –

2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

THIRD SHOW AND FINAL SHOW ADDED IN

LOS ANGELES – TUESDAY, JUNE 27 – STAPLES CENTER

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, MARCH 13

Due to overwhelming demand, Roger Waters has announced a third and final Los Angeles show on Tuesday, June 27 at STAPLES Center. This follows the previously announced shows on June 20 and 21. The 54-show Us + Them tour will feature songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) plus some new songs and solo work. The tour kicks off in May and runs through October of 2017 and is promoted by AEG Live’s Concerts West.

Tickets for the newly added date will go on sale Monday, March 13 at 10am local time. For ticket and tour information, visit www.RogerWaters.com.

Roger Waters – Us + Them will showcase highlights from Waters’ groundbreaking body of work. The title is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them,” from the multi-million selling Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon.

Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. This new tour promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

Roger Waters – Us + Them marks the artist’s first US return since The Wall Live (2010-2013), his sold-out world tour which was seen by more than 4 million fans globally at 219 shows and remains the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.

 

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