'Gentleman's Guide,' 'Madison County' set for Ahmanson 2015-16 season

'Gentleman's Guide,' 'Madison County' set for Ahmanson 2015-16 season
The 1965 film version of "The Sound of Music" with Christopher Plummer, right. (20th Century Fox)

The Tony Award-winning musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" and "The Bridges of Madison County" will be part of the Ahmanson Theatre's 2015-16 season, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles announced on Monday.

The new season, which will kick off in September, will also feature two new productions of familiar titles: the previously announced new staging of "The Sound of Music," directed by Jack O'Brien, and "Titanic: The Musical." In all, the Ahmanson will present five productions for the season, with a final title to be announced at a later date.


"The Sound of Music" (Sept. 20 to Oct. 31) will be a new national touring production that will bow at the Ahmanson. No casting has been announced for the staging, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1965 movie version starring Julie Andrews.

Following its Broadway run last year, "The Bridges of Madison County," adapted from the Robert James Waller bestseller, will embark on a national tour, with a stop at the Ahmanson (Dec. 8 to Jan. 17). All performances in L.A. will be conducted by Jason Robert Brown, who composed the score for the musical.

The touring production of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder" will stop at the Ahmanson (March 22 to May 1, 2016). The macabre musical comedy, which won the Tony for new musical last year, was seen at the Old Globe in San Diego and the Hartford Stage in Connecticut before starting its Broadway run.

"Titanic" (May 14 to June 26, 2016) will comes to the Ahmanson in a new touring production directed by Thom Southerland, who recently staged the show to acclaim at the Southwark Playhouse in Great Britain. The Maury Yeston musical bowed on Broadway in 1997 and won multiple Tonys.

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