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More theater, music and dance announced for new Annenberg Center

September 7, 2013
originally posted by Los Angeles Times

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which will finally open its long-awaited doors for a gala celebration in October, has announced additional programs for its inaugural season.

As previously announced, the 2.5-acre, two-theater arts complex in Beverly Hills will debut with the Martha Graham Dance Company in November, followed by a new production of the play “Parfumerie,” as well as Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, “A Coffin in Egypt,” among other programming.

On Thursday, the Annenberg Center announced additions to its lineup — more dance, theater music. Coming up: Ballet Jazz de Montreal in January 2014, a tap performance by Broadway legend Maurice Hines in May, as well as concerts by pianists Rueibin Chen and Ramin Bahrami in the spring.

Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole and Obie Award-winner Edward Hibbert will also appear in “Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward” in February.

The center, adapted from the 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office building, will house a 500-seat, state-of-the-art theater for performances. It also will collaborate with Sundance Institute Film Music Program on “ComposersLab LA On Stage,” exploring the creative process of a film composer.

The center is named for Wallis Annenberg, the Los Angeles philanthropist who made two gifts to the organization totaling $25 million.

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