For over 40 years the Ahmanson Theatre has presented a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies and classic revivals. The Ahmanson has been represented on Broadway as a co-producer of the award-winning productions of Amadeus, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Smokey Joe's Cafe, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars, Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, The Drowsy Chaperone, John Kander/Fred Ebb/Rupert Holmes’ Curtains and the world-premiere productions of 9 to 5: The Musical with songs by Dolly Parton and Minsky's.
The Ahmanson continues to present Broadway hits such as the exclusive Los Angeles engagements of the Tony Award-winning productions of Doubt, Jersey Boys and John Doyle's revolutionary production of Sweeney Todd as well as Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production of My Fair Lady. For excellence in all phases of production, the Ahmanson has been honored with over 50 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.
Initially under the artistic direction of Robert Fryer, then Gordon Davidson and now Michael Ritchie, the Ahmanson has played host to a veritable who's who in the entertainment world from Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison, to James Earl Jones, Lynn Redgrave and Cherry Jones. A unique, state-of-the-art 1995 reconfiguration provides the Ahmanson with variable seating capacity from 1,600 - 2,000, allowing the theatre to accommodate a greater variety of plays, from the intimate to the spectacular. It currently enjoys the largest theatrical season ticket base on the West Coast in a year-round season from early fall through late summer.
Performances now on sale at the Ahmanson Theatre
Peter and the Starcatcher
Before Peter was Pan, he was just a boy. But when this orphan climbs aboard the good ship Neverland, he whisks us away on an exhilarating adventure to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?
In this innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of wildly talented actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters in the epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved hero.
A Word or Two
Plummer, who confesses to being “hooked on the intoxication of words,” spent much of his time growing up in Montreal reading Ben Jonson, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and Stephen Leacock and others. His personal take on these literary giants forms a journey from childhood to old age.
They were the first sensational boy band: six talented young men who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics.
The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed.
The Tallest Tree in the Forest
Paul Robeson was born the son of a runaway slave and died “the most well known black man in the world.” Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles his remarkable life in an extraordinary theatrical biography.
Porgy and Bess
There’s a hurricane blowing into the Ahmanson filled with glorious Gershwin melodies, rousing production numbers and one of theater’s most unforgettable and timeless love stories. The legendary Porgy and Bess, ahead of its time in 1935, has come of age in a contemporary new adaptation deservedly celebrated with the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
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