Mark Taper Forum set to reopen

Gala celebration hosted by Dame Edna

The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles will reopen Sept. 13 with a gala celebration hosted by Dame Edna (Barry Humphries).

Dame Edna will cover red-carpet arrivals, which will be followed by cocktails, dinner, a preview performance of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves” and post-play festivities.

The Taper has been closed since last August while a $30 million interior renovation has taken place. It is the smallest of the three theaters in the Music Center complex downtown. Changes have been made to the theater’s lighting, electrical, air handling and sound systems. Seats and carpeting have been replaced, the lobby has doubled in size and the restrooms have been relocated.

The 500 tickets to the gala each cost $1,500.

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