Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles

"Blithe Spirit" Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre Opening Night
Stars Turn Out for Angela Lansbury in ‘Blithe Spirit’ at L.A.’s Ahmanson

Bryan Cranston, Jesse Tyler Ferguson among ‘Blithe Spirit’ well-wishers

 

 

The event: Opening night for Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” starring Angela Lansbury, brought an impressive array of big names Dec. 14 to the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. For theater supporters and other VIPs, a cast party followed at the nearby Spear Steak & Seafood House.

The crowd: Among the stars and movers and shakers who turned out were Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and Robin Dearden; Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family”; Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace”; Dan Bucatinsky of “Scandal”; Wendie Malick of “Hot in Cleveland”; John Larroquette, Jane Seymour, Barrett Foa, John Glover, Tracie Bennett and Michael Learned; TV critic Leonard Maltin; writer-director-producer David Mamet and his wife, actress Rebecca Pidgeon; and CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie and his actress-wife Kate Burton of “Scandal” for the show.

"Blithe Spirit" Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre Opening Night
The play: In the Los Angeles production, Lansbury…

Click here to read my entire story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. To see more pictures, scroll down the page and to the gallery below.

As an aside, I find it remarkable that at age 89, Angela Lansbury is not just performing in eight shows a week, but performing brilliantly in this role, for which she won her 5th Tony Award for the 2009 Broadway production.

 

Top photo: From left, cast members Sandra Shipley, Simon Jones, Charlotte Parry, Angela Lansbury, Charles Edwards, Jemima Rooper and Susan Louise O’Connor at Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Second photo: From left, Robin Dearden and Bryan Cranston greet Angela Lansbury backstage at Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Third photo: Jesse Tyler Ferguson among stars who turned out for Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

"Blithe Spirit" Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre Opening Night

 

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Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles

Published Dec. 20, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA