'Grey Gardens' replaces 'Titanic' in the Ahmanson's current season

'Grey Gardens' replaces 'Titanic' in the Ahmanson's current season
Betty Buckely and Rachel York in a production of "Grey Gardens" at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The play and the two stars will come to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in summer 2016. (Lenny Stucker)

"Grey Gardens" will replace "Titanic the Musical" in the Ahmanson Theatre's current season, Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday.

Broadway mainstays Rachel York and Betty Buckley will star in the production directed by Michael Wilson, with a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. "Grey Gardens" runs July 2 through Aug. 14.

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Center Theatre Group said it made the swap because of a change in the planning of the "Titanic" tour, which no longer will stop in Los Angeles.

"Grey Gardens" is based on the 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles about two eccentric women living in a tumble-down Long Island mansion. The musical received 10 Tony nominations and won in three categories after it first premiered on Broadway in 2006.

"This is a classic piece of Americana that intrigues with a touching story of riches to rags that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It is a pleasure to bring the legendary Betty Buckley and to welcome back Rachel York ('Anything Goes') to Los Angeles in this lauded Bay Street Theater production," Michael Ritchie, Center Theatre Group's artistic director, said in the announcement.

The show will be the fifth and final production in the Ahmanson's 2015-16 season. Season ticket holders with seats for "Titanic" will be reissued new tickets for "Grey Gardens."

For more information: CenterTheatreGroup.org/Season, (213) 972-4444.

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