The 2012-2013 Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre season was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie.
The new season, the 46th season at the Music Center of Los Angeles, will include Jeff Goldblum in the West Coast premiere of the smart, sexy, new Broadway comedy "Seminar," Rachel York in the beloved 1930s musical romp – Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," the American premiere and pre-Broadway presentation of the dramatic musical "Backbeat" which features classic rock 'n' roll in its story of the birth of the Beatles, Tracie Bennett starring as the iconic Judy Garland in the West Coast premiere of the acclaimed play with music – "End of the Rainbow," and the daring new musical that explores a shocking event in American history – Kander and Ebb's "The Scottsboro Boys." In addition, the exuberant musical "Fela!" will return for a limited engagement as a bonus option to the season subscription.
October 10 through November 18, 2012
Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominee Jeff Goldblum will star in the sexy, smart, new comedy "Seminar" by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award-winner Theresa Rebeck in the kickoff of the Ahmanson Theatre's new season, October 10 through November 18, 2012. The opening is set for October 17.
Directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, "Seminar" arrives in Los Angeles for its West Coast premiere directly from its hit Broadway run.
In "Seminar," four aspiring young writers sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (played by Goldblum), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy.
"Seminar" had its world premiere on Broadway in November 2011. Goldblum joined the cast in April 2012.
The production of "Seminar" at the Ahmanson will feature the complete Broadway design team: set and costume design by Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award-winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award-nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award-winner John Gromada.
"Seminar" is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.
Further casting for "Seminar" will be announced at a later date.
Jeff Goldblum is a celebrated actor in theatre, film and television, who also appeared on Broadway in "The Pillowman" in 2005, and more recently in two productions for The Old Vic in London, "Speed-the-Plow" (2008) and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (2010). His diverse film credits include some of the highest-grossing films of all-time – "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day," as well as such classics as "Nashville," "Death Wish," "The Big Chill," "Annie Hall," "The Life Aquatic," "Igby Goes Down" and "The Fly." He was nominated for an Oscar for his direction of the live action short film "Little Surprises." On television, he most recently starred on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on "Will & Grace" and recently guest-starred on the hit series "Glee."