World premiere of David Henry Hwang musical to lead Ahmanson's 2017-18 season / by David Hwang

Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The Humans,” the Stephen Karam one-act that won four Tony Awards last year including best play, and “Soft Power,” a world premiere David Henry Hwang that work takes the form of a Chinese musical about present-day America, lead the 2017-18 Ahmanson Theatre lineup to be announced Thursday by Centre Theatre Group.

The company commissioned Tony winner Hwang (“Chinglish,” “M. Butterfly”) to create “Soft Power” for the current 50th anniversary season of the Mark Taper Forum. But in the announcement expected from artistic director Michael Ritchie on Thursday, Center Theatre Group will move the production to the larger Ahmanson. Jeanine Tesori, the Tony-winning composer of “Fun Home” (now playing at the Ahmanson) and “Caroline, or Change,” will join the creative team for “Soft Power,” which starts as a contemporary play and time-shifts into a musical 100 years in the future. The production is set to open in May 2018.

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