The Center Theatre Group has announced the initial lineup for its 2019–2020 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Tony Award honoree John Leguizmo will launch the season with his recent Broadway play Latin History for Morons, a satirical, rapid-fire indictment of America’s educational system and its selective historical memory. Tony Taccone directs the production, running September 5–October 20.
Storyteller Mike Birbiglia will follow with his latest Broadway monologue play The New One October 23–November 24. Birbiglia takes on the life-altering experience of parenthood in the personal and comic account directed by Seth Barrish.
Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake, which made its American premiere at the Ahmanson in 1997, will return for an encore engagement December 3–January 5, 2020.
Grammy Award-winner Sting will star in his musical The Last Ship, which arrives in Los Angeles January 14 for a run through February 16. The Broadway musical inspired by the singer-songwriter's album The Soul Cages—and events from his own childhood—features an all-new book by director Lorne Campbell. Sting will star as foreman Jackie White, a role he assumed in the original Broadway production, and plays in the show's current Toronto run.
The Tony Award-winning hit The Book of Mormon will return to Los Angeles February 18–March 29; followed by the national tour of the recent Tony-winning revival of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Once On This Island, running April 7–May 10.
The recent Broadway revival of Torch Song, which was originally slated to launch a national tour this fall in L.A., will no longer play the Ahmanson as previously announced. An additional title will be announced later.