Blending the old with the new, the Ahmanson Theatre will roll out the world preem of “The Night They Raided Minskey’s” for its 1999-2000 season alongside revivals of theatrical faves “Les Miserables” and “Amadeus.”
“Minskey’s,” the musical comedy slated to close out the season July 30, 2000, tells the story of real-life 1920s burlesque comic Bill Minskey. Production is directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the team behind the Tony Award-winning “Crazy for You.”
“It is a year featuring magnificent music that is both fundamental and integral to the telling of each story — and a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium,” said Ahmanson artistic director/producer Gordon Davidson.
First up will be Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” starring David Suchet and Micheal Sheen, which bows Oct. 10 of this year. Fresh from its London stint, the Sir Peter Hall-helmed production racked up five Olivier noms in London, including best actor for Suchet and outstanding performance for Sheen.
A theater fixture based on Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel, “Les Miserables,” produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, will take centerstage for a limited 10-week engagement beginning Dec. 12.
Rounding out the season are “Martin Guerre,” bowing Feb. 23, 2000, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” opening May 3, 2000.
“Guerre,” directed by Conall Morrison and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, is about a legendary soldier who re-surfaces after a seven- year disappearing act. Play won 1997’s Olivier award for best new musical and is set for a Broadway bow April 27, 2000.
“Scarlet,” recently revamped after its Broadway bow in November 1997, chronicles the times of the French Revolution.
For ticket information on the Ahmanson’s upcoming season, call (213) 628-2772.