Wallis Annenberg Center Announces 2016-17 Season

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season will include over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance, and music featuring both local and world-renowned talent:

Theater @ The Wallis

The Wallis and For The Record production of
Scorsese: American Crime Requiem
September 21 – October 16, 2016
For The Record series is a form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into immersive theatrical concerts. American Crime Requiem explores more than 40 years of Scorsese’s storytelling, his passion for music and the people who make it. The show stars an eclectic mix of artists from the worlds of music, stage and screen performing an epic set list from GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and more.  (This production is made possible with support from David C. Bohnett.)

The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of
Merrily We Roll Along
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth, Directed by Michael Arden
November 22 – December 18, 2016
Merrily We Roll Along  travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history between three friends—Franklin, Charlie and Mary—who begin their careers in show business together. The story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” “Our Time” and “Not a Day Goes By.” Michael Arden, who reimagined The Wallis’ production of Spring Awakening with Deaf West Theatre that received rave reviews on Broadway and earned him Tony Award, Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, directs.

Kneehigh in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre present
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
February 9 – March 5, 2017
Imagine being twelve and having soldiers occupying your house and land, with only your cat to tell your secrets. Kneehigh’s signature of music, puppetry and foolishness will transport us to Slapton Sands, England in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings.

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre production of
At Home at the Zoo
By Edward Albee, Directed by Coy Middlebrook
March 7 – 26, 2017
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening, bring their sign language take to Albee’s classic short play The Zoo Story and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife. Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park.  Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.

Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Created by Filter Theatre, Directed by Sean Holmes
March 14 – 19, 2017
Filter’s new take on this romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music.

Complicite/Simon McBurney
The Encounter
Directed and Performed by Simon McBurney
April 6 – 16, 2017
In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil.  In this solo performance, Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre
Based on Mahabharata and the play written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
May 24 – 28, 2017
The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused? An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

The Wallis Production of
The Pride
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Michael Arden
June 6 – 30, 2017
In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride’s complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.

Hershey Felder’s
Tchaikovsky: A Play with Music
Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
July 19 – August 6, 2017
At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” of which he said, “Let them guess what it means…” Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died are still a mystery. Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.

Theater for Young Audiences

Theater Unspeakable presents
The American Revolution
September 30 – October 9, 2016
History in 50 minutes: seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actor’s bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history.  Recommended for ages 6+

Morgan’s Journey
Created by Robert Morgan
Directed David Craig
January 21 – 22, 2017
Morgan’s Journey has been delighting children and their families around the world for nearly three decades. From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the presents he receives, especially his last one, a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion.  Recommended for ages 4+

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences present
Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in A Play!”
April 22 – 23, 2017
Get ready for a musical experience from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books.  In this vaudevillian romp, Elephant and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense. Recommended for ages 4+

Concerts @ The Wallis

Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined
November 4 – 5, 2016
Kyle Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End and Off Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined brings his highly acclaimed arrangements of the many hits Burt Bacharach—many of which Bacharach wrote with lyricist Hal David—to The Wallis for an intimate solo concert. Riabko, accompanying himself on guitar, will perform his versions of such classics as “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and many more.

Dan Zanes & Friends
January 29, 2017
Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis after popular engagements the previous two seasons. Once again, the Grammy Award-winner will bring his friend Sonia de los Santos for a bilingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, Conductor
April 29, 2017
Under the baton of Maestra Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns to the Wallis with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works of Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
June 3, 2017
For over 37 years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been bringing people together and serving as a voice of equality. The Wallis welcomes back GMCLA to the Bram Goldsmith Theater for a spirited concert in celebration of June Pride Month.

Chamber Music: Modern

Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán
October 23, 2016
Harlem Quartet, comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky, will be joined by the acclaimed Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in a collaboration that bridges jazz, classical and traditional Cuban music through the works of Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Abelardito Valdés. The program also features several original works by López-Gavilán arranged specifically for this collaboration.

JACK Quartet
January 14, 2017
Comprised of violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and Steve Reich.

Brooklyn Rider
May 13, 2017
Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike. Equally at home in clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent.” (Time Out New York)

Chamber Music: Classic

Zukerman Trio
October 30, 2016
Since 2013, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng have performed as the Zukerman Trio.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
January 26, 2017
Join the Trio—pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson—on their special 40th Anniversary Tour for an exhilarating evening of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Ralph Kirschbaum & Shai Wosner: Beethoven
March 9 – 10, 2017
Over two nights in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and pianist Shai Wosner will tackle the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. (These concerts are made possible at The Wallis by generous support from Susan and Peter Strauss.)

Piano @ The Wallis

Joyce Yang
January 24, 2017
Joyce Yang will dazzle audiences with a varied program featuring both classic and contemporary works—from Schumann and Debussy to Granados, Ginastera and Carl Vine.

Andsnes & Hamelin: A World Music Friendship
April 26, 2017
Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin perform in a two-piano concert featuring Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky—including the composer’s own arrangement of his Le Sacre du Printemp – The Rite of Spring.  (Andsnes & Hamelin’s appearance at The Wallis is made possible in part by support from Steinway & Sons Beverly Hills.)

Benjamin Grosvenor
April 30, 2017
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations of wide-ranging repertoire.

Jazz @ The Wallis

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
January 20, 2017
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features Dan Brubeck (drums), Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone), guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb.

Eddie Palmieri: Latin Jazz Septet
March 30, 2017
With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri is a NEA Jazz Master and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards.

Diane Schuur
April 28, 2017
Ms. Schuur (nicknamed “Deedles”) was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. Schuur will play from her album I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), an homage to two of her mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz.

Colburn @ The Wallis

Colburn Piano Extravaganza Featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Fabio Bidini
March 29, 2017
Continuing its partnership with LA’s own Colburn School, The Wallis presents an all-piano concert featuring Colburn School Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Colburn Grigor Piano Chair Fabio Bidini in recital with students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Colburn Music Academy.

Dance @ The Wallis

As I Remember It: Celebrating Carmen de Lavallade’s 85th Birthday
October 28, 2016
Directed by Joe Grifasi, Co-written by Carmen de Lavallade and Talvin Wilks
Dance icon Carmen de Lavallade returns home to Los Angeles for her 85th Birthday Celebration. As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film and her personal writings.

Jacob Jonas The Company
January 13, 2017
The Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company has toured North America since its birth in 2014, bringing its mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement to stops including New York, Vancouver and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival.

Limón Dance Company
March 24 – 25, 2017
The Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. After Limón’s death in 1972, the Company pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, setting an example for the entire dance field.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
May 5 – 7, 2017
Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world’s most sought-after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries, bringing Paul Taylor’s repertoire—now numbering 144 dances—to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year—and will bring a program of new and classic work to The Wallis.

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures
May 18 – 21, 2017
Matthew Bourne is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.  With designs by longtime collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Ezralow Dance: Primo Passo
July 13 – 14, 2017
Choreographed and directed by Daniel Ezralow
Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returns to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo—Italian for “first step”—a deeply personal work that, as the title suggests, is both a career retrospective and an investigation of what’s next. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, the Oscars or the Olympics, it all begins with the first step—and this extraordinary evening will provide a glimpse inside the process

Conversations @ The Wallis

The Wallis and ASCAP present
An Evening with Stephen Schwartz: Music & Broadway Memories
with Special Broadway Guest Stars
February 3, 2017
Spend an evening of music and Broadway memories from Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist whose credits include the classic musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, as well as the Walt Disney films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted, and the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt.

About Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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