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About Pantages Theatre, the top theatre in Hollywood Los Angeles

History of Pantages Hollywood

The Pantages Theatre is owned and operated by The Nederlander Organization. Founded by David T. Nederlander, the Nederlander Organization began in 1912 with the purchase of a 99-year lease on the old Detroit Opera House. Now into their third generation of theatre development, ownership, management and production, the Nederlander Organization is clearly one of the largest, most experienced operators of live theatre in the world. Under the guidance of its Chairman, James M. Nederlander, the company owns and/or operates more than 20 stage venues worldwide.

The lifeblood of the Pantages Theatre is its devoted base of Season Ticket Holders, allowing them to experience a full slate of exciting Broadway shows. Season Ticket Holders are rewarded with the best possible priority seating for all engagements, usually at substantial discounts as compared with the purchase of single tickets..

The Pantages Broadway Season grew directly out of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, which was founded in 1938 by Edwin Lester, one of the most influential figures in 20th century musical theatre. He created the organization to present high-quality stage musicals, to present "light opera in the grand opera manner." With the inaugural production, "Blossom Time," starring John Charles Thomas, Lester commanded attention and showed that big Broadway-style entertainment of the highest quality could succeed in Los Angeles. By partnering with colleague, San Francisco-based Homer Curran, Lester was able to offer artists and producers the ability to book their shows in both L.A. and San Francisco, and because of this successful partnership, Broadway producers for the first time saw that it could be profitable to extend the route of touring Broadway shows West of the Rocky Mountains.

For decades, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera presented annual seasons of first-class musical theatre engagements, some of which were locally produced by Mr. Lester, and some of which were local engagements of big Broadway tours. The LACLO became the most successful musical theatre subscription organization of its kind. It wasn't until the 1970s that the organization began to see a downfall of its subscription audience; not only had the social revolution of the time been manifested in a modernization of public tastes, but the number of Broadway show openings was become drastically decreased.

(For a more detailed history of Edwin Lester and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, please CLICK HERE to read an article written by Jack Viertel and published on the occasion of Mr. Lester's 90th birthday.)

In 1981, the Nederlander Organization bailed out the financially-ailing Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. While many of these productions continued to light up the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles County Music Center, as available windows for booking shows at those venues became smaller and smaller, the Nederlanders eventually opted to utilize the Pantages to house the LACLO season of shows. Again and again, the Nederlander Organization proved that its flagship venue -- the Pantages Theatre -- could successfully draw big audiences to Hollywood; in fact, the 1984-85 engagement of "La Cage Aux Folles" became the longest running legit show in the Pantages Theatre’s history, and broke a number of Los Angeles box office records.

In 2000, the Nederlander Organization poured more than $10 million into an extensive renovation of its landmark Pantages Theatre. When the theatre re-opened to the public in September of 2000, it was to herald the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s The Lion King," the blockbuster hit musical which would go on to run over 2 years at the Pantages Theatre, breaking all previous attendance records.

Two long-running engagements helped solidify the Pantages growing reputation as the go-to venue for blockbuster Broadway entertainment. For most of 2003, Jason Alexander and Martin Short headlined the musical smash, "The Producers – The New Mel Brooks Musical." In February 2007, "Wicked" returned to the Pantages, having played a limited engagement in 2005 which was a sold-out smash. The return of "Wicked" showed that Southern Californians just couldn’t get enough of this show, and it remained for another two years, breaking every box office record to date.

 

Production History


Production> Start Date End Date
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying 9/18/1996 9/29/1996
Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees 10/22/1996 11/3/1996
Riverdance 11/15/1996 12/1/1996
Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night 1/8/1997 1/18/1997
West Side Story 6/10/1997 6/15/1997
Cats 9/9/1997 9/14/1997
Tango x 2 9/16/1997 9/28/1997
The Phantom of the Opera 10/11/1997 1/31/1998
Riverdance 4/10/1998 5/3/1998
The King and I 5/19/1998 5/31/1998
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan 7/28/1998 8/9/1998
The Phantom of the Opera 8/28/1998 11/15/1998
Annie 1/5/1999 1/17/1999
Cirque Ingenieux 4/27/1999 5/9/1999
Evita 5/12/1999 5/30/1999
The Wizard of Oz 6/17/1999 7/4/1999
Footloose 8/24/1999 9/5/1999
Jekyll & Hyde 9/7/1999 9/19/1999
Petula Clark in Sunset Blvd 10/5/1999 10/10/1999
Rob Becker’s Defending The Caveman 10/12/1999 10/24/1999
Fame 11/23/1999 12/5/1999
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story 2/1/2000 2/13/2000
Richard Chamberlain in The Sound of Music 3/1/2000 3/5/2000
The Lion King 9/29/2000 TBD
Cats 4/11/2003 4/20/2003
The Producers 5/2/2003 1/6/2004
Chicago starring Patrick Swayze 1/7/2004 1/25/2004
Starlight Express 1/27/2004 2/8/2004
Mamma Mia! 4/22/2004 6/13/2004
Miss Saigon 6/16/2004 6/27/2004
Hairspray 7/20/2004 9/5/2004
Movin' Out 9/20/2004 10/31/2004
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan 11/9/2004 11/21/2004
Les Miserables 12/2/2004 1/1/2005
Oklahoma! 1/18/2005 1/30/2005
Chicago  2/1/2005 2/13/2005
Evita  3/1/2005 3/13/2005
Stefanie Powers in The King And I 4/5/2005 4/17/2005
Wicked 6/17/2005 7/31/2005
Annie 10/4/2005 10/16/2005
Irving Berlin's White Christmas 11/22/2005 1/1/2006
Dragon Tales Live 2/2/2006 2/5/2006
Riverdance 2/7/2006 2/19/2006
Tommy Tune in Dr. Dolittle 2/21/2006 3/5/2006
Cats 4/11/2006 4/16/2006
Stomp 5/9/2006 5/21/2006
Hairspray 5/23/2006 6/4/2006
Les Miserables 6/7/2006 6/18/2006
Joseph ... Dreamcoat 6/20/2006 7/2/2006
Rent 7/18/2006 7/23/2006
Little Women 8/2/2006 8/13/2006
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 8/15/2006 8/27/2006
Molly Ringwald is Sweet Charity 10/11/2006 10/22/2006
The Ten Tenors 10/24/2006 11/5/2006
The Lion King 11/16/2006 1/7/2007
Wicked 2/10/2007 1/11/2009
The Phantom of the Opera 1/21/2009 2/21/2009
Rent Starring Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp 2/26/2009 3/8/2009
Grease 3/10/2009 3/22/2009
Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles 3/31/2009 4/5/2009
Mamma Mia! 4/7/2009 4/19/2009
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage 5/8/2009 6/28/2009
Topol in Fiddler On The Roof 7/21/2009 8/9/2009
Legally Blonde The Musical 8/12/2009 9/6/2009
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical 11/10/2009 12/27/2009
Riverdance 1/12/2010 1/24/2010
Stomp 1/26/2010 2/7/2010
The Color Purple Starring Fantasia 2/10/2010 2/28/2010
Cats 3/9/2010 3/21/2010
Chicago 4/20/2010 5/2/2010
A Chorus Line 6/1/2010 6/13/2010
In The Heights 6/22/2010 7/25/2010
Young Frankenstein 7/27/2010 9/5/2010
The Phantom of the Opera 9/23/2010 10/31/2010
West Side Story 11/30/2010 1/2/2011
Hair 1/5/2011 1/23/2011
Spring Awakening 2/8/2011 2/13/2011
Rock Of Ages 2/15/2011 2/27/2011
Avenue Q 3/1/2011 3/6/2011
NETworks Presents Disney's Beauty And The Beast 3/9/2011 3/26/2011
Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles 4/12/2011 4/17/2011
Burn The Floor 4/26/2011 5/8/2011
Shrek The Musical 7/12/2011 7/31/2011
Come Fly Away 10/25/2011 11/6/2011
Riverdance 11/15/2011 11/20/2011
Wicked 11/30/2011 1/29/2012
Monty Python's Spamalot 2/28/2012 3/4/2012
Rock of Ages 3/20/2012 3/25/2012
Mamma Mia! 3/27/2012 4/08/2012
Billy Elliot the Musical 4/11/2012 5/13/2012
Chicago- Christie Brinkley, John O'Hurley 5/15/2012 5/27/2012
The Addams Family 6/5/2012 6/17/2012
Million Dollar Quartet 6/19/2012 7/1/2012
La Cage Aux Folles 7/10/2012 7/22/2012
Memphis 7/31/2012 8/12/2012
The Book of Mormon 9/5/2012 11/25/2012
Donny & Marie - Christmas Los Angeles 12/4/2012 12/23/2012
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan 1/15/2013 1/27/2013
Jekyll & Hyde - Constantine Maroulis/Deborah Cox 2/12/2013 3/3/2013
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth 3/8/2013 3/10/2013
Catch Me If You Can 3/12/2013 3/24/2013
NETworks Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3/26/2013 4/7/2013
West Side Story 4/9/2013 4/14/2013
Experience The Beatles with Rain 5/7/2013 5/12/2013
Priscilla Queen of the Desert 5/28/2013 6/16/2013
Sister Act 7/9/2013 7/28/2013
Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production of The Wizard of Oz 10/17/2013 10/6/2013
War Horse 10/8/2013 10/13/2013
Evita 10/23/2013 11/10/2013
Disney's The Lion King 11/20/2013 1/12/2014
The Book of Mormon 1/21/2014 2/9/2014
Green Day's American Idiot 5/13/2014 5/18/2014
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber 6/3/2014 6/22/2014
Ghost the Musical 6/27/2014 7/13/2014
Jersey Boys 10/1/2014 10/19/2014
Pippin 10/21/2014 11/9/2014
Kinky Boots 11/11/2014 11/30/2014
Wicked 12/10/2014 3/15/2015
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