The revival of Luis Valdez’s ‘Zoot Suit’ at downtown’s Mark Taper Forum has been such a hit that the run of the play with music has been extended one more week. Producers at Center Theatre Group are saying that this “final” extension will now take the run through April 2.

In order to ensure that the new dates are first made available to the Los Angeles community, the extended week dates will be sold in-person only at the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre beginning Thursday, February 23 at noon and continuing through Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets will become available online at on Saturday, February 25 at noon.

“It’s clear that Los Angeles has been awaiting the return of this iconic play by Luis Valdez since it was first premiered on our stage nearly 40 years ago,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in a press release. “We felt it was important to truly honor that spirit and welcome the community to join us for one final celebration at The Music Center as the last remaining tickets go on sale. With the overwhelming response to this revival, tickets have been hard to come by, so it’s our hope that as many Angelenos as possible can experience the legend that is ‘Zoot Suit.’”

Written and directed  by Valdez, the  play with music has strong ties to Los Angeles’ Eastside Chicano community. It is based on the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder of a member of the 38th Street gang in Commerce and the racist Zoot Suit riots of the period, mostly in downtown and East Los Angeles.

Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre are located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Photo above: Demian Bichir stars as El Pachuco in the revival of ‘Zoot Suit’. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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