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Broadway Hit ‘Hamilton’ to Open in LA – But Not Until 2017

The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical will play at the Pantages Hollywood, along with ”Finding Neverland,“ ”Hedwig and the Angry Inch“ and ”The Bodyguard“

Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” will make its Los Angeles debut in the summer of 2017, the Hollywood Pantages theatre announced Tuesday.

“Hamilton” will anchor the 2016-17 season at the Pantages on Hollywood Blvd. Other musicals set to play during the season include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The King and I,” “An American in Paris,” “The Bodyguard,” “Finding Neverland” and the return of “Book of Mormon.”

“The exceptional shows we have in store for next season is the type of lineup that reminds us all why we LOVE theatre,” general manager Martin Wiviott said in a statement. “We come together as a community of arts lovers, certainly for the amazing entertainment … but largely because we know that we are witnessing something important unfolding right before our eyes.

“Featuring stories from classic music-makers like Rodgers & Hammerstein and George & Ira Gershwin to today’s theatrical trailblazers, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Diane Paulus and John Cameron Mitchell, we are pleased to invite you to join us when the lights go down and the curtain goes up on a memorable and momentous theatrical journey.”

Group and single ticket on sale for “Hamilton” will be announced at a later date.

The full slate of shows and dates is below.

Season Production #1
Direct from Broadway
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Nov. 1-27, 2016

The L.A. Premiere of the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will celebrate a four-week engagement at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Nov. 1-27, 2016.

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take the Hollywood Pantages by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!”

Season Production #2
The Lincoln Center production
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King And I”
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Dec. 13, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s  “The King And I,” will make its L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a six week holiday engagement, Dec. 13, 2016-Jan. 21, 2017.

“The King And I” directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. The production is currently playing an open-ended Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. “The King And I” has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.  “The King And I” features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King And I” boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Season Production #3
L.A. Premiere Engagement
“Finding Neverland”

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Feb. 21-March 12, 2017

The enchanting new Broadway musical tale of how Peter became Pan, “Finding Neverland,” will make its L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a three week engagement, Feb. 21-March 12, 2017.

Based on the Academy Award winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, “Finding Neverland” follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered — when you believe, you can fly.

“Finding Neverland” is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy winner Eliot Kennedy, book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium).

The production features scenic design by Tony Award-winner Scott Pask (Pippin, The Book of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Pippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men) and sound design by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Deans (Pippin, La Cage aux Folles).

“Finding Neverland” is produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company, Len Blavatnik, Ron Burkle, Radenko Milakovic and Bryan Cranston.

Season Production #4
L.A. Premiere Engagement
“An American in Paris”

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
March 22-April 9, 2017

“An American in Paris,” the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will make its L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a three week engagement, March 22-April 9, 2017.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, “An American in Paris” is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. “An American in Paris” brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. “An American in Paris” won four 2015 Tony Awards. The hit musical has also won four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and two Theatre World Awards.

The creative team is comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), 59 Productions (projections) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, musical supervision by Todd Ellison with additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott.

The score of “An American in Paris” includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

Season Production #5
“The Bodyguard”
Starring Grammy Award Nominee Deborah Cox
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
May 2 – 21, 2017

The North American tour of the hit musical, “The Bodyguard”, will make its L.A. premiere at the Hollywood Pantages with a three week engagement, May 2 -21, 2017. Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan‘s 1992 Oscar®-nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), “The Bodyguard” had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. “The Bodyguard” was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design, and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The musical concluded its smash hit West End run on August 29, 2014 and is currently touring the UK and Ireland.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller,

“The Bodyguard” features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the best-selling singles of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

“The Bodyguard” features set & costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker. Choreography is by Karen Bruce and orchestrations & additional music by Chris Egan.

Season Production #6
“The Book of Mormon”
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
May 30-July 9, 2017

Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” is the blockbuster Broadway smash from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney’s “Frozen” and “Avenue Q,” “Bobby Lopez.” This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, “The Book of Mormon” has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

Season Production #7
L.A. Premiere Engagement

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Aug. 11-Dec. 30, 2017

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

“Hamilton” is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now.

“Hamilton’s” creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical “In the Heights.”

“Hamilton” features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

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