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Simon, ‘Saigon’ set for Ahmanson season

Neil Simon’s new Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” Deborah Rogin’s “The Woman Warrior” and the tuner “Miss Saigon” will be among the offerings in the upcoming 1994-95 season at the Ahmanson-at-the-Doolittle.

The season, which will allow subscribers back into the Ahmanson theater for the first time in nearly five years — to see “Miss Saigon”– gets under way with a pre-season bonus production in October of David Hare’s “Racing Demon” at the Doolittle.

U.K. connection

The production will be the American premiere of the Royal National Theatre Co. production, which is being presented as part of the UK/LA Festival.

“Racing Demon” tells the story of four clergymen in south London struggling to make sense of their inner-city mission and their faith. It will run Oct. 5-23 .

The regular season then begins Nov. 10 with “A Celebration of the Songs of Leiber & Stoller,” the songwriting duo who penned a number of hits for Elvis, Peggy Lee, the Coasters and the Drifters, among others.

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Otis Sallid, the musical evening will bring back such hits as “Jailhouse Rock,””Hound Dog,””Is That All There Is?” and “Love Potion

9.” It runs through Jan. 22.

As previously announced, the national tour of “Miss Saigon” will settle into the newly reconfigured Ahmanson Theatre on Jan. 25 for a 10-month run. The tuner , written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with music by Schonberg and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., will be directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The season continues at the Doolittle Feb. 16 through April 23 with Rogin’s drama “The Woman Warrior,” based on the novels of Maxine Hong Kingston.

The play tells the story of a young Chinese-American girl’s coming of age as she searches through her family’s past. The play is being presented in association with Martin Rosen and Nepenthe Prods., Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Huntington Theatre Co. It will be directed by Sharon Ott.

‘Laughter’ last

Simon’s “Laughter” will be the final production of the season, running May 4 -July 9, under the direction of Jerry Zaks. The comedy is Simon’s homage to the group of comedy writers who worked on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.”

Subscription prices for the upcoming season range from $ 109 to $ 207.50.

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