Friday, May 05, 2006

"13" Reasons to Take in LA Theatre This Winter

"13" Reasons to Take in LA Theatre This Winter

Just announced for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group (CTG) at the Mark Taper Forum's 40th season: 13 -- the world premiere of composer Jason Robert Brown's latest theatrical production about an "unlucky" number of thirteen-year-olds in Indiana. The production, to be directed by Todd Graff, will have its world premiere on the Taper stage December 22 and run through February of 2007.

This is particularly exciting news for anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing Brown's The Last Five Years or even his earlier work Parade. Save for his last-minute work on the ill-fated Urban Cowboy three years ago, Brown's work is especially captivating and inventive. In the case of The Last Five Years, it provided the first-time pairing of the incredibly talented Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie René Scott -- who later reteamed for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -- and took full advantage of their beautiful and nuanced singing voices. Since it ranks as one of my all-time favorite musicals, I still listen to The Last Five Years cast album and get the chills.

Regardless of who is cast in 13, I may just find myself having to make the journey to LA.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for ticket information.

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