‘Chicago,’ ‘Funk’ to Ahmanson

Broadway musicals “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” and “Chicago” will join “Rent” in Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre’s 1997-98 four-show subscription season.

“Da Noise” becomes the second production of the season, following “Rent.” The hip-hop musical, conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover, is slated to play March 11 through April 29, 1998. Previews are set to begin March 4.

Text and songs are comprised of Glover’s tap, the poetry of Reg E. Gaines’ book and lyrics and music by Daryl Waters, Zane Mark and Ann Duquesnay, with additional lyrics by Wolfe and Duquesnay.

“Chicago” will play May 6 to July 5, 1998, with previews beginning April 30.

Under Walter Bobbie’s direction, with choreography from Ann Reinking, “Chicago” is a restaging of Bob Fosse’s original production, with a score from John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Ebb and Fosse.

“Chicago” is produced by Fran and Barry Weissler.

The 31st subscription season will kick off with “Rent,” after the rock opera makes its West Coast premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. “Rent” is scheduled to run Sept. 28 through Dec. 7, with previews beginning Sept. 18.

The Ahmanson’s fourth and final production, a play, will be announced soon and is scheduled to run July 22 through Sept. 6, 1998, with previews beginning July 14.

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