Contents 1 History 1.1 1990s renovation 2 World premieres 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The theatre was built as a result of a donation from Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr, the founder of H.F. Ahmanson & Co., an insurance and savings and loans company. It was named for his second wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson.[1] Inaugural Program 1967 Construction began on March 9, 1962. The theatre's inaugural event was held on April 12, 1967, with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Association sponsoring the national cast production of Man of La Mancha, starring Richard Kiley and Joan Diener.[2] The theatre also was the U.S. premiere of More Stately Mansions starring Ingrid Bergman, Arthur Hill, and Colleen Dewhurst, which opened September 12 of that same year.[3] Since then, it has presented a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies and revivals of the classics, including six world premieres of Neil Simon plays and works by Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, Terrence McNally, John Guare and Edward Albee. The Ahmanson also has served in the capacity of co-producer for a number of Broadway productions, including Amadeus, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Most Happy Fella, and The Drowsy Chaperone. The Ahmanson has the largest theatrical season-ticket subscription base on the West Coast. Its year-round season begins in early fall and lasts through late summer. 1990s renovation[edit] Throughout 1994, a major $17 million renovation moved the mezzanine and balcony closer to the stage, reduced the width of the auditorium, lowered the ceiling and significantly improved the acoustics, which had long been criticized since the theater's opening. It also allowed the theatre's seating capacity to be reconfigured from 1,600 seats for an intimate play to 2,084 for a major Broadway-sized musical.[4] Designed by Ellerbe Beckett Architects and constructed by Robert F. Mahoney & Associates, the renovation took eighteen months to complete. During this time, the Ahmanson's season-ticket subscriptions were presented at the UCLA James A. Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood. The Ahmanson reopened on January 25, 1995, with an ​8 1⁄2-month-long run of Miss Saigon.

World premieres[edit] The Ahmanson served as the world premiere venue for the following plays and musicals: The Happy Time (1967) – Book by N. Richard Nash, Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Directed by Gower Champion Catch My Soul (1968) – Book by N. Richard Nash, Music by Ray Pohlman Lyrics by William Shakespeare Love Match (1968) – Book by Christian Hamilton, Music by David Shire Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Remote Asylum (1970) – written by Mart Crowley, starring William Shatner California Suite (1976) – written by Neil Simon Chapter Two (1977) – written by Neil Simon They're Playing Our Song (1978) – Book by Neil Simon, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager The West Side Waltz (1981) – written by Ernest Thompson, starring Katharine Hepburn and Dorothy Loudon Brighton Beach Memoirs (1982) – written by Neil Simon, starring Matthew Broderick A Sense of Humor (1983) – written by Ernest Thompson, starring Jack Lemmon, Estelle Parsons and Polly Holliday Biloxi Blues (1984) – written by Neil Simon, starring Matthew Broderick Legends! (1986) – written by James Kirkwood, starring Mary Martin and Carol Channing Proposals (1997) – directed by Joe Mantello Curtains (2006) – Book by Rupert Holmes, Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Directed by Scott Ellis Minsky's (2009) – Book by Bob Martin, Music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Awards and nominations[edit] Awards Production Nominations Wins Notes 2009 Ovation Awards !2009 Ovation Awards 9 to 5: The Musical 7 0 2009 Ovation Awards !2009 Ovation Awards Minsky's 5 0 2011 Ovation Awards !2011 Ovation Awards Leap of Faith 1 1 Won for Lead Actor (Raúl Esparza) 2012 Ovation Awards !2012 Ovation Awards War Horse 1 1 Won for Best Presented Production 2012 Ovation Awards !2012 Ovation Awards Follies 1 0 2013 Ovation Awards !2013 Ovation Awards The Scottsboro Boys 1 1 Won for Best Presented Production 2013 Ovation Awards !2013 Ovation Awards Anything Goes 1 0

References[edit] ^ David Wise, Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, p. 38 [1] ^ "More Stately Mansions". Retrieved March 7, 2017.  ^ "The Ahmanson All-Star Stage". Retrieved March 7, 2017.  ^ "Ahmanson Theatre Renovation, Los Angeles, California". Boulder, Colorado: Robert F. Mahoney & Associates. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 

External links[edit] [2] v t e County of Los Angeles Board of supervisors Hilda Solis, 1st Dist. Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd Dist. Sheila Kuehl, 3rd Dist. Janice Hahn, 4th Dist. Kathryn Barger, 5th Dist. Departments Assessor's Office Chief Executive Office Children and Family Services County Counsel District Attorney's Office Fire Health Agency Health Services Mental Health Public Health Internal Services Lifeguards Medical Examiner-Coroner Military and Veterans Affairs Parks and Recreation Probation Public Defender Public Library Public Works Sheriff's Superior Court Airports Fox Field Brackett Field Whiteman Airport Compton/Woodley Airport El Monte Airport County hospitals LAC+USC Medical Center Harbor–UCLA Medical Center High Desert Regional Health Center Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Culture Ahmanson Theatre Arboretum and Botanic Garden Bob Hope Patriotic Hall Descanso Gardens Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Grand Park John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Hollywood Bowl La Brea Tar Pits Mark Taper Forum Museum of Art Music Center Natural History Museum South Coast Botanic Garden Walt Disney Concert Hall Whittier Narrows Others LAC Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 LACMTA Seal Sheriff's Department officers killed in the line of duty LAC Hall of Records Coordinates: 34°3′29″N 118°14′50″W / 34.05806°N 118.24722°W / 34.05806; -118.24722 Retrieved from "" Categories: Theatres in Los AngelesBuildings and structures in Downtown Los AngelesBunker Hill, Los AngelesCivic Center, Los AngelesTheatres completed in 19671960s architecture in the United StatesWelton Becket buildingsHidden categories: Use mdy dates from October 2016Articles needing additional references from September 2013All articles needing additional referencesCoordinates on Wikidata

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