Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration Oct. 2-Nov. 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles.
The concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will "explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical," according to press notes.
Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization said in a statement, "We applaud Reprise Theatre Company for finding so many creative ways to present Richard Rodgers' work. This celebration is sure to delight musical theatre lovers and remind them of the breadth and depth of the Rodgers' canon."
Reprise Theatre Company artistic director Jason Alexander added, "I am very excited about our new project which will explore, in depth, the work of a single artist of the Musical Theatre. And I couldn't be happier about our selection of Richard Rodgers, who along with Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart and other fine collaborators, all but invented this art form which remains the most popular form of live story telling in the world. This is another step in fulfilling our mission to become a significant center for Musical Theatre in Los Angeles. We look forward to our collaboration with some of Los Angeles' finest arts organizations."
Details about the Richard Rodgers Celebration follow:
"Staged reading of Two by Two, Rodgers' rarely performed 1970 musical starring Reprise artistic director Jason Alexander as Noah and directed by David Lee –- Nov. 1 and 2 at Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University.
Four new evenings of Rodgers work: Soul of Rodgers, conceived and directed by Billy Porter, presented in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre Company — three performances Oct. 2 and 3 at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center; Rodgers & Hammerstein & Hart, Oct. 18 at El Portal Theatre; A Grand Night for Dancing, an evening of dance choreographed by Reprise resident choreographer Lee Martino including "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue," Oct. 22 and 23 at The Broad Stage; and The Sweetest Sounds, featuring more than 100 young musicians from urban Los Angeles in partnership with the Harmony Project.
Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia – a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals The King and I, South Pacific and Flower Drum Song, moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang, author of the Broadway revival production of Flower Drum Song. Presented in association with East West Players – Oct. 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater.
Nothin' Like a Dame, a program of Rodgers' leading ladies including Karen Morrow and Lesley Ann Warren, singing their songs, and reminiscing about their roles in his musicals, directed by John Rubenstein – Oct. 25 at the El Portal Theatre.
Screening of the film of South Pacific, with special guest Mitzi Gaynor, star of the film – Oct. 15 at the Majestic Crest Theatre." Tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 17 at reprise.org or by calling (310) 954-1595.