The curtain is set to rise in November at the Ahmanson at downtown’s Music Center when the Center Theatre Group opens its 2021-22 season with a new interpretation of “A Christmas Carol.”
The Nov. 30 opening comes three months later than it was most recently scheduled and 20 months after the venue closed at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It feels like ages ago that theatres across the world went dark and, in many ways, it has been,” CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie said. “But, with vaccination rates going up, infection rates falling, and all of us cautiously returning to museums, movie theaters, restaurants and even stadiums, we can finally see the moment when the curtain will rise again at the Ahmanson.”
The seven-production Ahmanson season includes the previously announced productions of “The Lehman Trilogy,” “The Prom,” “Hadestown” and “Dear Evan Hansen” plus “Come From Away.”
In addition, the season will include the hit West End musical, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” The Tony Award-winning best revival “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!” which was previously set to open the season in August, will now close the season in 2022.
The previously announced production of “1776” will be postponed until a future season.
“Of course, as excited as we all are to end this unprecedented intermission, we know we have to proceed cautiously with the safety of our artists and audiences as our highest priority,” Ritchie said. “Working with the state, the county and The Music Center, we have already made remarkable progress and I have no doubt that we will be ready when the curtain rises again.”
For the full schedule and ticket information, see www.centertheatregroup.org.