New Kodak snaps up ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Monty’

Hollywood theater opening set for Nov. 17

Hollywood Boulevard’s Kodak Theatre, the Oscars’ new home as of next year, has confirmed a Dec. 14-23 run for the American Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” and a spring 2002 staging of Broadway hit “The Full Monty.”

Kodak operator Anschutz Entertainment Group is planning a one-night show including some musical elements for the glitzy new theater’s opening night, tentatively set for Nov. 17.

The 3,600-seat venue will put on Broadway and family shows, concerts, ballets, operas and other events, including Hollywood’s Oscar kudocast in March.

Dance partners

“We believe the Kodak Theatre is well-suited to grand ballet, and we anticipate this will mark the beginning of a strong long-term partnership with this exciting new venue and the Los Angeles community,” said Louis Spisto, exec director of the American Ballet Theatre.

“The Full Monty,” which Monday attracted 10 Tony Award noms for its Broadway staging, will preview in L.A. on April 6 and open an eight-week run in the city April 10.

“It’s like coming home,” said Lindsay Law, former prexy at the Fox Searchlight movie unit, who’s producing the stage version of “Monty.” “The Kodak will be a brand new theater, so it will be thrilling.”

“Monty” is prepping for a road tour that will hit Toronto, Boston and Chicago before arriving in L.A.

Mixing Broadway productions into the Kodak Theatre’s offerings means Hollywood Boulevard will boast two venues for such shows. The Pantages, a couple of blocks away and the area’s traditional venue for live theater, will likely be home to Disney’s “The Lion King” for a long time.

“It has always been the plan to bring Broadway to Hollywood Boulevard, along with fine arts events,” said Anschutz Entertainment Group exec Brenda Tinnen.

The Kodak Theatre is part of a $500 million retail complex being built by developer TrizecHahn on one of Hollywood Boulevard’s most touristy blocks. It also includes a 640-room Renaissance Hotel, 30,000-square-foot Governor’s Ballroom, a six-screen cinema, 11 restaurants, two nightclubs and assorted shops.

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