‘Boheme’ bow pushed up

Luhrmann moves after 'Never Gonna Dance' bails

Center Theatre Group has moved its presentation of Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” to January, making it the opener of its 37th season at the Ahmanson Theatre.

“La Bohème” had been scheduled to close the season, running July 30-Sept. 19. Luhrmann’s team wanted to move “La Bohème” to earlier in the year, which pleased Ahmanson officials because “Never Gonna Dance,” which was booked for a pre-Broadway run Jan. 25-March 7, bailed on the venue.

It leaves a hole in the Ahmanson’s schedule after “Thoroughly Modern Millie” closes on July 25. The August-September slot is expected to be filled with a musical. Across the way at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Opera is negotiating to bring in the New York City Opera’s production of “A Little Night Music” in the summer (Daily Variety, Oct. 24).

The Ahmanson production is the only U.S. remounting of “La Boheme.”

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