The Cinderella Story of Matthew Bourne and his 'Cinderella'
Coming to the Digital Stage: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, which last played the Ahmanson Theatre in 2019, joins our Digital Stage lineup for five performances only from January 15–17, 2021. The following article and podcast were originally published ahead of our Ahmanson run....
A Timeless Fairytale, a 75-Year-Old Tragedy, and a Show 20 Years in the Making
As his Cinderella returns to the Ahmanson Theatre February 5 – March 10, 2019, director and choreographer Matthew Bourne talks about its many inspirations, from the Prokofiev score and the classic films he loves to his own family history.
Taking Kabuki to the Taper
In Ancient Greek and Roman theatre, there were tragedies and comedies. During the English Renaissance, there was Elizabethan theatre. During the Spanish Golden Age, secular plays called comedias emerged. And in 17th century Japan, the kabuki tradition prevailed.
An All-American Dance Off
What does American musical theatre look like if all I have is a bunch of Youtube videos? This was one question choreographer Sam Pinkleton used to guide his process in choreographing Soft Power, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s World premiere musical fantasia playing at the Ahmanson May 3 – June 10, 2018. The play’s “reverse appropria...
The Hands are Alive with 'The Sound of Music'
In the new national tour of The Sound of Music, on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre through October 31, Maria teaches the von Trapp children to sing in perfect harmony in a matter of minutes—exactly the time it takes to sing the song “Do-Re-Mi” from start to finish. Not exactly realistic....