News for May/June 2003:


LOS ANGELES -- May 29 is the opening date for the L.A.-based production of Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS, starring Jason Alexander (as Max Bialystock) and Martin Short (Leo Bloom). The hit musical swept the 2001 Tony Awards, receiving the most awards in Broadway history. THE PRODUCERS is scheduled for an open-ended run at the newly restored Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd.

Also in the cast are Fred Applegate (Franz Liebkind), Jeff Hyslop (Carmen Ghia), Lee Roy Reams (Roger de Bris) and Angie Schworer (Ulla). THE PRODUCER'S book is by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Brooks. The show is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.

The show is also an attraction on Broadway/LA's 2002-2003 season (213) 365-6311) and the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson's 2002-2003 season (213-628-2772 or

To order single tickets at the Pantages, call Ticketmaster at (213) 365-3500 or It's also possible to visit the Pantages box office.


LOS ANGELES -- MIRROR MERGE AT THE SLIPPERY SLOPE, the West Coast premiere of Kia Corthron's play about the brave new world of family, cloning and genetic engineering, will conclude Taper, Too's 2003 season at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, May 20-June 1.

Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newman, the play deals with two twins raised apart--a knowledge-hungry farmer and a clone-hungry caterer--who reunite. In their search for common ground and similar traits, the two black women seize upon the simmering questions of nature versus nuture and delve into the issues of family responsibility as well as the moral and practical quagmire surrounding genetic engineering.

Ivy Substation is located at 9070 Venice Blvd. in Culver City. Call (213) 628-2772 or visit


LOS ANGELES -- THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, 2002's most-awarded show on Broadway and winner of six Tony Awards, is the first attraction of the Ahmanson's 2003-04 season. The redhot musical, directed by Michael Mayer, choreographed by Rob Ashford, with book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan, will run for 10 weeks only, May 18-July 25, as part of its first national tour.

Based on the 1967 Oscar-winning film of the same name, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE takes audiences back to the days of the jazz age when "moderns"--including a flapper named Millie Dillmount--were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the work force, and rewriting the rules of love.

The Ahmanson Theatre is at l35 N. Grand Ave. Call (213) 628-2772 or visit

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