Malibu Seen: Bravo, Bravo Gustavo!

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The music world’s rising star gets his star and a permanent place in local LA lore.

Malibu classical music buffs like Eli and Edye Broad were proud to learn of the latest accolades bestowed on our main maestro. Gustavo “The Dude” Dudamel has been a superstar in every sense of the word since he set foot on the Disney Hall stage. He was last seen at the 91st Academy Award ceremony performing a moving rendition and tribute to the talented actors and other professionals who passed this year. Playing to a worldwide audience followed another special local honor—his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He made his acceptance speech in a sharp gray suit, delivering his remarks in both English and Spanish, his native tongue, saying the honor belongs to the people of Los Angeles and Venezuela. “We hope that we will send a small measure of hope and inspiration in such terrible times,” he said.

Another thing that Gustavo wants to bring is hope and inspiration through his YOLA program, which encourages and mentors young people through music. He said he presents the music “not just for the elite, but for the masses. It is for anyone in Los Angeles and in the world who love music.”

CURTAIN CALL!

The Center Theatre Group has released its 53rd season lineup and these compelling performances sound like ones where you’ll want to keep the date. The 2019-20 calendar includes local crooner Sting’s “The Last Ship.” There is also much to learn about everything, from new music to Mormons to yes, even morons.

Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced Center Theatre Group’s exciting season at the Ahmanson Theatre, featuring seven shows from all across the theatrical spectrum with three exciting musicals, two hilarious one-person plays, the return of a landmark dance theatre piece plus one production to be announced at a later date.

“The 2019-20 season at the Ahmanson Theatre showcases work from some of the world’s finest artists and creators,” said Ritchie. “From an iconic rock star—Sting starring in his heartfelt and empowering musical ‘The Last Ship’—to a pair of raconteurs direct from Broadway—John Leguizamo in ‘Latin History for Morons’ and Mike Birbiglia in ‘The New One’—we’ve curated a collection of shows that are both passionate and personal.” Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of the century,” “The Book of Mormon” makes its Ahmanson debut. Also, you won’t want to miss the 2018 Tony Award-winning revival of “Once on This Island.” Finally, the beloved and groundbreaking Matthew Bourne’s now-legendary “Swan Lake” makes a grand return 22 years after its American premiere here at the Ahmanson. Sir Matthew Bourne promises an exciting reimagining of the dance theatre piece that introduced him to Los Angeles.

These six productions, joined by an additional title to be announced later, will ignite the imagination of Los Angeles audiences. Malibu’s Sting and “Book of Mormon” top Seen’s list. As they say, “It’s always an event at the Ahmanson.”