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Ahmanson adds ‘Search,’ ’42nd St.’

Tomlin plays 2003 summer with revival tuner to follow

Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater has added two productions to its 2002-03 season: Lily Tomlin in “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” and the revival of tuner “42nd Street.”

The shows join “The Producers” and bonus options “Mamma Mia!” and “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” all previously announced.

CTG/Ahmanson, under artistic director-producer Gordon Davidson, is in negotiations for the first production of the season, opening in December.

That show, to be announced soon, is described as “a play in the tradition of” Ahmanson presentations of “The Heiress” and “Death of a Salesman.”

“Search for Signs,” written and directed by Jane Wagner, opens May 21, 2003, and plays through July 6.

Summer of ‘Producers’

“The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical,” as it’s officially called, will play at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood; Ahmanson subscription dates are June 1-Aug. 24, 2003.

Show has a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks; it was directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

“42nd Street” will be the final production of the season, July 11-Aug. 31, 2003. Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble wrote the book (based on the novel by Bradford Ropes), Harry Warren composed the music, and Al Dubin wrote the lyrics. Bramble directs; Randy Skinner choreographs the touring production.

Center Theatre Group is offering two bonus options to subscribers of the Ahmanson and the Mark Taper Forum. “Mamma Mia!” returns to Los Angeles this fall at the Ahmanson, Sept. 19-Nov. 3.

“Noise/Funk” runs for two weeks, Jan. 28-Feb. 9. Show is based on an idea by Savion Glover (who also choreographed and will star) and George C. Wolfe (who directed).

Tickets for the season currently are available only on a subscription basis, ranging from $140 to $306. Tickets for the bonus options are $25-80 for “Mamma Mia!” and $15-$75 for “Noise/Funk.”

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