The Center Theater Group has announced the return of their live theater performances to resume in August of 2022.
Artistic Director Michael Ritchie 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.