Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced Center Theatre Group’s 54th season at the Ahmanson Theatre featuring three new Broadway hits, a powerful drama coming from London via Broadway, four fan favorites plus one production to be announced at a later date.
“The 2020 – 2021 season at the Ahmanson is packed with nine shows, bringing back a sampling of our favorite productions and artists while also introducing our audiences to some exciting new work,” said Ritchie.
“Among the new offerings is the stunningly beautiful epic directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ which 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. This production took London by storm and is poised to do the same to Broadway when it opens in March so we are thrilled to be one of only two other US venues to present this masterpiece of a production in the 2020 – 2021 season.
“We are proud to present two current Broadway hits making their Ahmanson debuts with Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin’s truly original telling of an ancient Greek myth, the 2019 Tony-winning Best Musical ‘Hadestown,’ and Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s powerful new adaptation of the American classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
“We welcome back Bob Martin and Casey Nicholaw, who collaborated on ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ when it made its US premiere at the Ahmanson in 2005. Bob and Casey return with their newest production, a big-hearted Broadway musical, ‘The Prom.’
“We will also welcome back three fan favorites from the 2018 – 2019 season with the Tony-winning musicals ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Come From Away’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ all presented as part of the Encore! Series, allowing subscribers to choose one of the three encore productions and giving them the first opportunity to add the other productions if they wish. Also making a return is the legendary long-running hit ‘Les Misérables’ which last played the Ahmanson in 2011.
“These eight productions will be joined by an additional title to be announced later, to form a season bursting with dramas and musicals and offering a lot to love at the Ahmanson.”