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Openings, ovations and rainbows! Oh my!

Openings, ovations and rainbows! Oh my!

The stories theatre lovers have been talking about this week.

1. The Ahmanson's new season announced: Danny DeVito is one of the 2013-2013 headliners  by Alysia Gray Painter [NBCLosAngeles.com]
March 18, 2013

A dressy night out at the Music Center to catch a major musical or play with top-notch actors has been a Los Angeles tradition for the better part of a half century. And the Center Theatre Group and The Ahmanson are set to deliver again for the 47th season, which kicks off on Sept. 24. ...

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2. Review: A high-voltage End of the Rainbow by Chris Willman [LATimes.com]
March 21, 2013

Playing Judy Garland in the months leading up to the actress' fatal 1969 overdose, Tracie Bennett spends much of _End of the Rainbow _horizontal — though rarely for more than 10 seconds at a time. ...

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3. _The Nether_opens Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre by CTG [Press Release]
March 20, 2013

The world premiere of The Nether, a gripping new play by Jennifer Haley that explores the moral complexity of our increasingly virtual existence, opents at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre this Sunday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. ...

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4. Center Theatre Group is critics' choice by Sean J. Miller [Backstage.com]
March 19, 2013

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle added to the list of accolades racked up by the Center Theatre Group during the city’s drama awards season on Monday. ...

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MIXED REVIEWS

A new musical with a deceptively suggestive title, Hands on a Hardbody, opened Thursday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in Manhattan. With a book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, the show follows 10 "hard-luck Texans ... fight[ing] to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is _Hands on a Hardbody _only one winner can drive away with the American Dream."

The show is billed as an all-American musical, but will Broadway audiences agree? Check out what the critics are saying:

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