Universal Amphitheatre Announces 2001-02 Season

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Astaging of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," featuring guest stars from the Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Ballet of Cuba; a Down Under bill of Midnight Oil, INXS and Men at Work; and a barbecue with Willie Nelson highlight the Universal Amphitheatre's 2001-02 season.

The schedule:

ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, De La Soul featuring Busta Rhymes, others, April 7; Academy of Country Music Awards, May 9; Alejandro Sanz, May 11.

The Queens of Comedy featuring Sommore, Mo'nique, Adelle Givens, May 12; Kelly Chen, May 17; David Gray, May 18; The Greatest Stars of Doo-Wop with the Spaniels, others, May 19; Paloma San Basilio, May 20 ; K-Ci & JoJo, Jon B., Case, May 26; Styx, Bad Company, Billy Squier, Joe Stark, May 31.

The Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Chi-Lites, others, June 2; Olga Tanon, Tito Puente Jr., June 8; the Irish Tenors, June 9; Ricardo Arjona, June 10 ; Polo Polo, June 16; Alabina starring Ishtar, June 17; Aaron Carter, A*Teens, June 21; Midnight Oil, INXS, Men at Work, June 25; Ani DiFranco, July 1; Berlin, Asia, the Fixx, the Outfield, the Motels, July 21; Cedric the Entertainer, July TBA; Will Downing, Chante Moore, Jonathan Butler, July TBA.

Mystikal, Jagged Edge, Aug. 2; the Cult, Monster Magnet, Aug. 3; Pepe Aguilar, Aug. 4-5; Marco Antonio Solis, Aug. 18; Ringo Starr and the "New" All Starr Band 2001 featuring Sheila E., Roger Hodgson, Ian Hunter, Howard Jones and Greg Lake, Aug. 30; Jo Dee Messina, Shedaisy, Aug. 31; Poison, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Enuff Z'Nuff, Aug. TBA; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. TBA.

Willie Nelson Labor Day BBQ, Sept. 1; Watcha Tour, Sept. 6; Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, Sept. 8; Margaret Cho, Sept. 15; Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Sept. 21-23; Alejandra Guzman, Nek, Sept. 28; Yo Quiero Comedy Jam with Paul Rodriguez, Joey Medina, Alex Reymundo, Marilyn Martinez, Sept. 29.

Juan Gabriel, Oct. 5-7; B.B. King Blues Festival & Food Fair, with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, Tommy Castro, Oct. 13; Jose Carreras, Oct. 14; George Carlin, Oct. 20; Vicente Fernandez, Alejandro Fernandez, Nov. 9-11; Jaguares, Nov. 16; Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Nov. TBA; Premios Que Buena Award Show, Dec. 5; George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," Dec. TBA; Ballet Nacional de Espana, April 27-28, 2002.

The Marquee Club also offers shows at the Hollywood Bowl: Yes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, July 30; Michael W. Smith with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sept. 28; the Hollywood Bowl Salsa & Latin Jazz Festival with Fania All-Stars featuring Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Cheo Feliciano, Sept. 29, and James Taylor, Oct. 6.

Universal Amphitheatre's House of Blues Concerts Marquee Club memberships are available via mail order at Universal Amphitheatre, P.O. Box 8679, Universal City, CA 91618-8679; fax: (818) 622-8691; phone: (213) 252-TIXS; online: http://www.hob.com/marquee. Season schedules and order blanks will be available online Saturday and in The Times' Sunday Calendar section. The deadline to subscribe is April 27.

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