L.A.'s ICT Revives Musical Raisin and Agnes of God With Hamilton, Learned in 2003

News   L.A.'s ICT Revives Musical Raisin and Agnes of God With Hamilton, Learned in 2003 International City Theatre of Long Beach has announced their 2003 season, opening Feb. 7 with a rare revival of Raisin, the musicalization of Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun. Also hightlighted in the season is a revival of Agnes of God, starring Linda Hamilton (Laura, "Terminator 1 & 2") and Michael Learned (All Over, The Best Man, "The Waltons").

International City Theatre of Long Beach has announced their 2003 season, opening Feb. 7 with a rare revival of Raisin, the musicalization of Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun. Also hightlighted in the season is a revival of Agnes of God, starring Linda Hamilton (Laura, "Terminator 1 & 2") and Michael Learned (All Over, The Best Man, "The Waltons").

A Tony and Grammy winner, Raisin ran over 800 performances in its original Broadway run, but has been rarely performed since. With music by Judd Woldin and lyrics by Robert Brittan, the jazz and blues score includes "Man Say," "Whose Little Angry Man," "Runnin' To Meet the Man," "A Whole Lotta Sunlight," "Sweet Time," "You Done Right," "It's a Deal," "Not Anymore" and "Measure the Valleys." Hansberry's widower Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg wrote the book. Raisin plays Feb. 7-March 9.

Hamilton will star as Agnes' Dr. Martha Livingstone, the psychiatrist who takes on the case of an innocent young nun who strangles her newborn baby and leaves it in a garbage can. Learned is the girl's Mother Superior, who believes Agnes is touched by God and unpunishable for her actions. Agnes of God plays April 25-May 18.

Also planned for the season are revivals of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (June 6-29), Visiting Mr. Green (Sept. 5-28), Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Nov. 7-Dec. 7) and ICT's annual holiday presentation of A Christmas Carol (Dec. 12-21).

Subcriptions are $99-$250. International City Theatre performs at the Center Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For reservations, call (562) 436-4610. — By Christine Ehren