Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts looking North-West 2015.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Location Corner of North Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, California
Coordinates 34°04′20″N 118°24′04″W / 34.07228°N 118.40124°W / 34.07228; -118.40124Coordinates: 34°04′20″N 118°24′04″W / 34.07228°N 118.40124°W / 34.07228; -118.40124
Completed 2013
Design and construction
Architect Zoltan Pali

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a community arts center in Beverly Hills, California, funded by philanthropist Wallis Annenberg. It is colloquially known as The Wallis.[1]

The restored Post Office portion of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, as seen from the corner of South Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive.
The 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office, now part of the Wallis.

Location[edit]

The Wallis is located on the corner of North Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[2]

Amenities[edit]

The center was designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects.[3][4][5][6] It includes the historic 1933 Beverly Hills post office, the newly built 500-seat Goldsmith Theater, the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, GRoW at The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, a sculpture garden and a promenade terrace designed by Ron Lutsko.[5][7] The Goldsmith theater is named after Bram Goldsmith, the Chairman Emeritus of City National Bank.[4] The restored landmark Beverly Hills post office is named for Paula Kent Meehan.[4]

History[edit]

Endowed by heiress and philanthropist Wallis Annenberg (born 1939), who donated US$25 million, The Wallis was under construction for ten years.[8][9][10] The total cost of creating the center is estimated at $70 million, with an annual operating budget of several million dollars.[11]

The opening on October 17, 2013 was celebrated with a black-tie gala, co-chaired by Wallis Annenberg and Jamie Tisch.[4][8][9][10][12] Kevin Spacey, John Lithgow and Diane Lane inaugurated the 500-seat Goldsmith Theater by reading letters from Groucho Marx, Tennessee Williams, Peter Tchaikovsky, Will Rogers and others.[4][8] The evening was followed by a fashion show by Salvatore Ferragamo and performances by the likes of Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo and Paris Opera Ballet members Mathias Heymann and Myriam Ould-Braham.[10]

As of December 2015, the center's Chairman of the Board is philanthropist and arts patron David Bohnett. The Wallis' Managing Director is arts administrator and fundraiser Rachel Fine and the Artistic Director is Paul Crewes of Kneehigh Theatre.[13][1][14]

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre's acclaimed 2015 co-production of Spring Awakening (musical), performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27, transferred to Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre in September 2015 and went on to receive 3 Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director Michael Arden.[15][16]

Performances[edit]

2013/2014 Inaugural Season

2014/2015 Season

2015/2016 Season

2016/2017 Season

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Production Nominations Wins Notes
2014 Ovation Awards Maurice Hines is Tappin Through Life 8 2 Won for Acting Ensemble of a Musical and Music Direction
2015 Ovation Awards Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening (Musical) 12 5 Won for Best Production of a Musical, Acting Ensemble of a Musical, Director of a Musical (Michael Arden), Choreography (Spencer Liff), and Lighting Design (Ben Stanton)
2015 Ovation Awards 1 1 Won for Best Season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ocamb, Karen. "David Bohnett and Rand Schrader: The Love Story That Defied AIDS and Homophobia". Frontiers. December 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: About Us
  3. ^ SPF:architects: Wallis Annenberg Center, Beverly Hills, CA
  4. ^ a b c d e Ellen Olivier, Gala opens Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, The Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2013
  5. ^ a b Steve Chagollan, Annenberg Set to Unveil New Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills Tonight, Variety, October 17, 2013
  6. ^ a b c d e Brandon Kirby, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Reveals Line-Up, The Hollywood Reporter, 8/15/2013
  7. ^ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: About Us: Map
  8. ^ a b c The Associated Press, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Opens in Beverly Hills, CA (+Photos), The Epoch Times, October 18, 2013
  9. ^ a b Danielle Berrin, Wallis’s world: The Annenberg heir launches Beverly Hills performing arts center with glamorous gala, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, October 18, 2013
  10. ^ a b c Deborah Vankin, Starry gala opens Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2013
  11. ^ David Ng (July 24, 2014), Lou Moore departs as head of Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ "The Wallis Hosts Star-Studded Opening Night Gala". bhcourier.com. Beverly Hills Courier. October 18, 2013. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ "David C. Bohnett is Named Chairman of the Board for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts" (news release). TheWallis.org. November 3, 2015.
  14. ^ Ng, David (24 September 2015). "Wallis Annenberg Center Names Paul Crewes as Artistic Director". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Viagas, Robert (7 July 2015). "Radically Reconceived Broadway Spring Awakening Revival Sets Dates". Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Ng, David (3 May 2016). "'Spring Awakening' and Deaf West's Unlikely Road to Three Tony Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c "Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Announces Theater, Dance, Music, Lectures and Theater for Young Audiences Programming for its 2014-15 Season" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Deaf West Theatre, and Cody Lassen Present Spring Awakening" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Announces Artistic Advisors and Programming for 2015-16 Season" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "Michael Arden-Helmed 'Merrily', Bacharach Reimagined, Stephen Schwartz and More Slated for The Wallis in 2016-17". Broadway World. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 

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