Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has announced Center Theatre Group’s 54th season at the Ahmanson Theatre will begin in August 24, 2021, four months later than it was formerly scheduled.
The season features the previously announced The Lehman Trilogy, The Prom, Hadestown and Dear Evan Hansen plus 1776 which was previously announced for the 2019 – 2020 season. In addition, Center Theatre Group has added the Tony Award-winning Best Revival Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and the acclaimed Matthew Warchus-directed A Christmas Carol. Productions of Les Misérables, To Kill a Mockingbird, Come From Away and Ain’t Too Proud are being rescheduled into future seasons.
“We all hoped that we could finally return to the theatre this spring, but our first priority has to be the safety of our artists and audiences so it has become clear that presenting theatre in April is not going to be possible,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “As you can imagine, planning for the future has been a fluid and challenging process but, as is so often the case, these challenges have also presented opportunities. While some productions needed to shift into future seasons due to touring schedules, we are able to add two exciting new productions of theatrical classics with Daniel Fish’s bold reimagining of Oklahoma! and the Matthew Warchus-directed production of A Christmas Carol which dazzled audiences on Broadway and at London’s Old Vic.”
“They join Diane Paulus’ interpretation of 1776 which not only promises to bring an exciting perspective to the musical, but also to a critical point in this country’s history—when our Founding Fathers solidified America’s independence. The Lehman Trilogy, a stunningly beautiful epic directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, gives us another glimpse of our own history as it follows nearly two centuries in the lives of an immigrant family and their namesake business that both defined and threatened to destroy the American dream.”
Ritchie continued, “We are proud to present two Tony-winning Best Musicals with Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin’s truly original telling of ancient Greek myths in Hadestown, as well as fan favorite Dear Evan Hansen, which returns after a record-breaking, six-week engagement in 2018.
“Finally, we welcome back Bob Martin and Casey Nicholaw, who collaborated on The Drowsy Chaperone when it made its U.S. premiere at the Ahmanson in 2005. Bob and Casey return with their newest production, a big-hearted Broadway musical, The Prom.
“And, while we anxiously await the moment that we can return to the theatre to create that uniquely intimate community of artist and audience that only a live performance can provide, we have found another venue in Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage which allows us to partner with artists and arts organizations from around the world to create and curate streaming theatrical experiences. Many of these offerings are offered free to the public, with a larger catalogue of videos provided free of charge to Center Theatre Group season ticket subscribers and supporters while a selection of programs require an individual streaming fee for all audiences.
“We continue to work towards a time when we can bring the lights back up at the Ahmanson, Taper and the Douglas secure in the knowledge that we are keeping our audience and artists safe. We will announce seasons at the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in the coming months and count the days until we can come back together and celebrate the art form we have all been missing these months.”
|Oklahoma!||August 24 – October 3, 2021|
|A Christmas Carol||November 30, 2021 – January 2, 2022|
|1776||January 11 – February 13, 2022|
|The Lehman Triology||March 1 – April 10, 2022|
|Hadestown||April 26 – May 29, 2022|
|Dear Evan Hansen||June 28 – July 31, 2022|
|The Prom||August 9 – September 11, 2022|
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Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, Managing Director/CEO Meghan Pressman and Producing Director Douglas C.
Baker, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-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.
Center Theatre Group launched the Art Goes On: Emergency Giving Fund as a direct result of the sustained financial impact of COVID-19. Donations can be made at CenterTheatreGroup.org/EmergencyGiving.
Center Theatre Group’s newest venue, the Digital Stage, features a collection of new audio and video series including Live from the KDT, Theatrical Experiences, The Forum and Audio Adventures. Center Theatre Group partners with artists and arts organizations from around the world to produce, present and create streaming theatrical content. Many offerings
are provided free to the public, with a larger catalogue of videos provided free of charge to Center Theatre Group season ticket subscribers and supporters. Certain programs require an individual streaming fee. The Digital Stage also houses Center Theatre Group’s ever-expanding
library of education, community outreach and Art Goes On videos. For more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/DigitalStage.