Jane Fonda to bring Broadway production of ’33 Variations’ to L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre


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Jane Fonda, who returned to Broadway last year after a 46-year absence and earned a Tony nomination for her performance in ’33 Variations,’ will reprise the role at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles next year.

The Center Theatre Group said Thursday that the play, written and directed by Moises Kaufman, would be part of the Mark Taper Forum’s 2011 season but would be staged at the neighboring Ahmanson from Jan. 30 through March 6. Ahmanson subscribers will be offered tickets as a bonus option.


Fonda, 72, stars as a musicologist who, despite a serious illness, is determined to carry out research on the last years of Beethoven’s life. Critics praised the New York performance as ‘elegantly restrained,’ ‘sterling’ and ‘robust and confident.’ The production received four other Tony nominations besides the one for its lead actress, including for best play.

The rest of the cast will be announced later, CTG said, as will the rest of the Taper season.

Fonda won Oscars for her performances in ‘Klute’ and ‘Coming Home’ and also starred in such films as ‘The China Syndrome,’ ‘Nine to Five,’ ‘Barbarella,’ ‘Barefoot in the Park’ and ‘Monster-in-Law.’

-- Lee Margulies


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