Center Theatre Group 50th Anniversary Gala

Center Theatre Group’s 50th: A Starry Show, Gala Dinner and $4 Million   Belting out “I Know Where I’ve Been” from “Hairspray Live!,” Jennifer Hudson closed the one-night-only, star-studded show at the Ahmanson Theatre for the Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary, which was celebrated in high style May 20. In addition to Hudson’s performance, CTG’s festivities on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles had plenty of other highlights. A pre-show cocktail party gave patrons a chance to mingle with fellow theater aficionados, and a seated dinner in Grand Park followed. The celebration, which raised a whopping $4...

Gentleman’s Gu...

Murderous Cast Feted by Darren Criss, Barrett Foa and Friends at “Gentleman’s” After-Party     The minute John Rapson stepped into Vespaio following Opening Night of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at the Center Theatre Group’s...

Sardi’s Benefi...

“A Night at Sardi’s” Goes Out with a “Bang”     After 24 years and more than 500 performances of show-stopping Broadway tunes by familiar actors and well-known faces, the “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit had its swan song with what turned out...

Kansas City Choir Bo...

Courtney Love feted after premiere of ‘Kansas City Choir Boy’ in Los Angeles     The event: Rock icon Courtney Love and composer Todd Almond, stars of “Kansas City Choir Boy,” joined theater-goers in the lobby of the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre...

Stephen Schwartz Pre...

Stephen Schwartz Stages a Magical Preview for Princess Cruises     Stephen Schwartz conjured up an enchanting evening in Santa Clarita, when he previewed “Magic to Do,” the first of four musicals planned for Princess Cruises. One of my all-time favorite Broadway composers,...

Blithe Spirit Opening Night Los Angeles

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...