With a lineup that almost perfectly resembles last season's Broadway Special Event Tony Award nominees — replacing Bea Arthur on Broadway, Just Between Friends with the Tomlin work — the Ahmanson dubs their headliners "Singular Sensations."
Barbara Cook's Mostly Sondheim begins the solo brigade at the California venue, Feb. 28-March 9. John Leguizamo's Sexaholix... a love story follows March 11-23. The Tony Special Event winner Elaine Stritch performs her At Liberty for west coast audiences, April 8-27. And, actress Lily Tomlin reprises her one-woman performance in Jane Wagner’s play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, May 13-July 6.
A legend of the musical theatre stage, Cook is remembered for her performances in Candide, The Music Man and She Loves Me. In Mostly Sondheim, the songstress gives a concert that is mostly tunes by composer Stephen Sondheim. Cook is accompanied by Wally Harper on piano and John Burr on bass.
Leguizamo exorcises his demons in Sexaholix, an "in your face" comedy covering the many stages of relationships including dating, the chase, breaking up, break-up sex, make-up sex, marriage, divorce. Though the actor has garnered theatrical attention for his solo pieces Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama and Freak, Leguizamo is best known as a film star, appearing in such works as "Moulin Rouge," "Ice Age," "Too Wong Foo..." and "Summer of Sam."
Another theatrical legend, Stritch takes audiences through a retrospective of her career in At Liberty. The solo show which is sometimes bawdy, sometimes moving features anecdotes and songs she has sung through the years, including her signature "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company. Tomlin garnered a Tony Award for her performance in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe when the play originally ran on Broadway in 1985. The work which leads Tomlin through an array of varying characters was also revived in 2000.
For ticket and subscription information to the "Singular Sensations," call (213) 628 2772. The Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Ave. In Los Angeles, CA, is on the web at http://www.TaperAhmanson.com.