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Reprise Theatre Company announces shortened lineup for 2010 season

April 23, 2009 |  2:39 pm

Alexander Productions of "Carousel," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" will headline a truncated 2010 season at Reprise Theatre Company.

Instead of a fourth production, the company is producing a special series of concerts, revues and readings celebrating the music of Richard Rodgers. The events will take place in venues across Los Angeles in the fall of 2009.

Jason Alexander, who is completing his first full season as the company's artistic director, said the shortened 2010 line-up was because of scheduling conflicts with UCLA Live, which uses the same theater.

"It was not a financial decision so much as we couldn't get our space," he told Culture Monster. "We're actually finishing the current season in good shape. We're financially sound."

"Carousel" will run Jan. 6 to Feb. 7 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be directed by Michael Michetti and choreographed by Lee Martino.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" first ran on Broadway in 1962 and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. David Lee will direct the Reprise production, which will run March 16 to 28, also at the Freud Playhouse.

The final offering will be the Frank Loesser musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which debuted on Broadway in 1961. No director was announced for the production, which runs May 11 to 23.

Reprise Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in reviving classic musicals. The company was formerly known as Reprise! Broadway's Best.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jason Alexander, artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times