Jun 212017
 

Big Night World Premiere At Kirk Douglas Theatre

 

“Big Night”
Written by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Walter Bobbie
World Premiere

 

It is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change – he just doesn’t know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found. Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews Begin September 10.
Opens September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Through October 8, 2017.
Previews: Sunday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; No Monday performance.
Regular Performances (September 19 through October 8): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO:
Ticket Prices: $25 – $70 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles) or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Box Office two hours prior to performances.
Groups: (213) 972-7231.
Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION:
Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

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Jun 172017
 
Cast Of King of the Yees at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

L-R: Stephenie Soohyun Park, Angela Lin, Rammel Chan and Daniel Smith in the world premiere production of Lauren Yee’s “King of the Yees,” playing July 9 – August 6, 2017, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, “King of the Yees” is produced in association with Goodman Theatre. Photo by Liz Lauren.

 

“KING OF THE YEES”

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Lauren Yee’s New Play Will Run July 9 Through August 6, 2017

 

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the world premiere production of “King of the Yees” by Lauren Yee. Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, “King of the Yees” begins previews July 9, opens July 16 and continues through August 6, 2017, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Rammel Chan, Francis Jue, Angela Lin, Stephenie Soohyun Park and Daniel Smith.

The creative team includes set design by William Boles, costume design by Izumi Inaba, lighting design by Heather Gilbert, sound design by Mikhail Fiksel, projections by Mike Tutaj, casting by Adam Belcuore, CSA and Erica Sartini-Combs, and dramaturgy by Tanya Palmer. David S. Franklin is the production stage manager.

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren plunges into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown to confront a world both foreign and familiar. “King of the Yees” is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.

Lauren Yee’s plays include “Cambodian Rock Band” (South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival), “Ching Chong China Man” (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and Mu Performing Arts), “The Great Leap” (Denver Center for the Performing Art’s New Play Summit), “The Hatmaker’s Wife” (Playwrights Realm and Moxie), “Hookman” (Encore Theatre, Company One and Steep Theatre), “in a word” (San Francisco Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company and Lesser America), “Samsara” (Victory Gardens Theater, Single Carrot Theatre and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright Conference) and “The Tiger Among Us” (MAP Fund and Mu Performing Arts). Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and has received commissions from the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory and Trinity Repertory Company. She received her B.A. from Yale University and MFA from UCSD.

 

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Jun 152017
 

 

PRE-BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF “CRAZY FOR YOU” ANNOUNCED AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S 51ST SEASON AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

FIVE-TIME TONY-WINNING DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER SUSAN STROMAN

RETURNS TO THE SHOW THAT LAUNCHED HER CAREER

With Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and

Book by Two-Time Tony Nominee Ken Ludwig,

“Crazy for You”

Will Play Los Angeles February 7 through March 18, 2018

 

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Joey Parnes announced today that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Crazy for You,” with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor”), will be produced by Center Theatre Group in an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre. Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “Show Boat,” “Contact”), who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production of the musical, will direct and choreograph this limited Los Angeles engagement which will begin performances February 7, 2018, and run through March 18, 2018.

“‘Crazy for You’ is – at its heart – a raucous musical tale about the power art has to bring life to a community and purpose to its people,” Ms. Stroman said. “It’s as resonant today as ever, and I am thrilled at the chance to re-discover this show and introduce a whole new generation to its great comedy, unabashed romance and the most choreographically-inspiring Gershwin music the world has ever known.”

“I’m thrilled that a whole new generation of theatregoers will get to see ‘Crazy for You’ at the great and glorious Ahmanson Theatre,” said Ken Ludwig. “It will be a treat for me to roll up my sleeves, revisit the show and spend time once again in Deadrock, Nevada with Bobby, Polly and Bela Zangler.”

Featuring a score of showstoppers by George and Ira Gershwin including “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Slap That Bass” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Crazy for You” is an irresistibly funny valentine to the American musicals of the 1930s. The book by Ken Ludwig brings audiences into a world of cowboys and showgirls, where a Wall Street guy and a Main Street gal can fall madly in love, put on a show and dance their way to happiness.

 

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Jun 082017
 

 

“King of the Yees”
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

Produced in association with Goodman Theatre.
World Premiere Production.

 

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. “King of the Yees” is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.

Previews Begin July 9, 2017.
Opens July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Through August 6.
Previews: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday at 8:30 p.m. No Monday performance.
Regular Performances (July 18 through August 6):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $25 – $70 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles) or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Box Office two hours prior to performances. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre; 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

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Jun 062017
 
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time At Ahmanson Theatre

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone (center) with the cast of the touring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre August 2 through September 10, 2017. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

A New Play by Simon Stephens
Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel
Directed by Marianne Elliott

 

A new play by Simon Stephens, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. The play follows 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Previews August 2 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Opens August 3 at 8 p.m. Through September 10, 2017.
Regular Performances (August 4 – September 10):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $25 – $130 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 972-4400 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre: The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Jun 052017
 
Heisenberg At Mark Taper Forum

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets are currently available by season ticket membership only. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

Heisenberg At Mark Taper Forum
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Mark Brokaw

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Mary-Louise Parker) spots Alex (Denis Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

Previews begin June 28. Opens July 6. Through August 6, 2017.
Previews (June 28 – July 5):
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
No Monday performances.
Opens Thursday, *July 6 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (*July 7 – August 6):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $25 – $95 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available by season ticket membership only at CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper or by calling the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. Single tickets go on sale on May 7 and will be available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Jun 042017
 
Kirk Douglas Theatre 2017-2018 Season

L-R: Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell in the Off-Broadway production of “Spamilton” at the Triad. “Spamilton” will play the 2017-2018 Season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre November 5 through December 31, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

2017-2018 SEASON AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Center Theatre Group’s 14th Season at the Douglas Features
a World Premiere Comedy, a Pulitzer Finalist Drama,
the West Coast Premiere of a Smash Hit Parody of a Mega-Hit Musical, Plus the Continuation of an Exciting New Tradition

Paul Rudnick’s “Big Night,” Gerard Alessandrini’s “Spamilton”, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” and the Second Annual Block Party Make Up the New Season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

The New Season Begins September 3, 2017, and Runs Through May 20, 2018.

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2017-2018 Season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

“This is a diverse season of productions at the Douglas,” said Ritchie. “But one thing they all have in common is that they resonate with the arts and culture of Los Angeles. “We open with humorist Paul Rudnick’s hilarious but moving look at that uniquely L.A. holiday, Oscar night. In ‘Big Night,’ Paul begins his story on a day when Hollywood seems to be the center of the universe and then turns the world upside down.

“The next work also looks toward Hollywood, where the run of ‘Hamilton’ promises to be a juggernaut,” said Ritchie. “And for the people who come out of ‘Hamilton’ wanting more or those just left wanting tickets, Gerard Alessandrini’s ‘Spamilton’ salutes and skewers Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterwork … and it’s a flat-out funny night in the theatre.

“Next we looked to our own theatre across town, the Mark Taper Forum, where we are producing Quiara Alegría Hudes’ ‘Water by the Spoonful.’ It’s a powerful work, but it is only one chapter in Quiara’s stunning trilogy. By producing ‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’ at the Douglas, we are able to dive more deeply into the work of this exciting playwright.

“And finally, right after the inaugural Block Party, it is clear that this is a tradition that needs to continue. We chose three productions from Southern California’s many intimate theatres for this year’s Block Party. It has allowed us to introduce our audiences to three amazing theatre companies and deepen our connections with the deep pool of talent and creativity that makes the L.A. theatre community such a singular force.

“Theatre is a collaborative art form that, at its best, sparks conversations among the artists that create it and the audience members that experience it. This season’s productions are guaranteed to keep people talking – at times they may change the way you see your neighbor, at other times they may change the lyrics you sing to your favorite tune – but over the course of the season they will make you laugh, cry, dance and explore the countless theatrical opportunities the city has to offer.”

“Big Night” by Paul Rudnick

Kirk Douglas Theatre 2017-2018 Season

Playwright Paul Rudnick. Rudnick’s “Big Night” will be part of the 2017-2018 Season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Walter Bobbie, “Big Night” runs September 3 through October 1, 2017. Photo by Michael Mahoney.

Obie-winning playwright and renowned humorist Paul Rudnick brings his sharp wit and insightful eye to “Big Night,” getting its world premiere as the first play of the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Big Night” runs September 3 through October 1, 2017, with the opening set for September 10.

It is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change – he just doesn’t know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found.

Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.

Paul Rudnick is a playwright, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, whom The New York Times has called “one of our pre-eminent humorists.” His plays have been produced both on and Off-Broadway and include “I Hate Hamlet,” “Jeffrey,” “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” “Regrets Only” and “The New Century.” He’s won an Obie Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the John Gassner Playwriting Award.
Rudnick’s novels include “Social Disease” and “I’ll Take It,” both from Knopf. He’s a regular contributor to The New Yorker and his articles and essays have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and The New York Times. HarperCollins published his “Collected Plays” and a book of essays entitled “I Shudder.” He’s rumored to be quite close to Premiere magazine’s film critic, Libby Gelman-Waxner, whose collected columns were published under the title “If You Ask Me.” His screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” the screen adaptation of “Jeffrey” and “In & Out.”

“Spamilton” by Gerard Alessandrini

Center Theatre Group will produce the West Coast premiere of the hit musical parody “Spamilton,” November 5 through December 31, 2017, with opening set for November 12. Created, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, “Spamilton” celebrates and satirizes the Broadway blockbuster with a versatile cast of five.

The world premiere Off-Broadway production of “Spamilton” has been extended several times and had Lin-Manuel Miranda exclaiming, “I laughed my brains out!”

Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes – is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody ‘Spamilton’ simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” And Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, “This smart, silly and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motormouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”

“We’re very excited about expanding the show a bit,” Alessandrini said. “We will also be adding up-to-date references to ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and their impact on the current Broadway season. So look out Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Evan Hansen!”

Gerard Alessandrini is best known for creating and writing all 25 editions of “Forbidden Broadway” in Los Angeles, New York, London and around the world. Alessandrini was featured in the 1982 cast of “Forbidden Broadway” and can be heard on four of the 12 “Forbidden Broadway” cast albums. Television writing credits include comedy specials for Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury and Carol Burnett. Directing credits include Maury Yeston’s “In the Beginning.” As a director, he is currently working on an upcoming revue focusing on the songs of Maury Yeston, entitled “Anything Can Happen (In the Theatre).” Alessandrini is the recipient of an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League and seven Drama Desk Awards (including two for Best Lyrics for “Forbidden Broadway”
and two special lifetime awards). Alessandrini was also awarded an Honorary Tony Award for “excellence in the theatre.”

“Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” by Quiara Alegría Hudes

The 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” by Quiara Alegría Hudes will be produced at the Douglas January 27 through February 25, 2018. Directed by Shishir Kurup, the opening is set for February 3.

A soldier, like his father and his father’s father, 19-year-old Elliot is back from Iraq with a Purple Heart. As he recovers from his injuries and decides whether to return to Iraq, he yearns for a truer connection with his father and considers his own limited options outside the military.

Kirk Douglas Theatre 2017-2018 Season

Playwright Quiara Alegra Hudes. Hudes’ “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” will be part of the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Shishir Kurup, “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” runs January 27 through February 25, 2018. Photo by Joseph Moran.

Phoebe Hoban of The New York Times said “‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’ is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new. The playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes, who has degrees in music (a bachelor’s from Yale) and playwriting (a master’s from Brown), combines a lyrical ear with a sophisticated sense of structure to trace the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family.”

“Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” the first in a trilogy of plays, will be produced at the Douglas at the same time as Center Theatre Group is presenting the second play in that trilogy, Hudes’ Pulitzer-winning “Water by the Spoonful” at the Mark Taper Forum.
Presented together, they offer Los Angeles theatre audiences a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of this exciting playwright’s work. Quiara Alegría Hudes’ trilogy continues with “The Happiest Song Plays Last” (2012). “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” premiered Off-Off-Broadway by Page 73 Productions and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “Water by the Spoonful” premiered at Hartford Stage Company and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “The Happiest Song Plays Last” premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2013.

Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical “In the Heights,” which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical and was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Other works include the plays “26 Miles” and “Yemaya’s Belly” and the children’s musical “Barrio Grrrl!” Hudes grew up in West Philadelphia where she studied music with Don Rappaport, Dolly Kranzapolski and Linda Hudes. She was later mentored by playwright Paula Vogel at Brown University. Hudes is an alumna of New Dramatists and sits on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the 10th grade.

Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre

Drawing upon the rich local theatre community, Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre will return to the Kirk Douglas Theatre for its second season. Presented over six weeks, March 29 – May 20, 2018, Block Party will feature three productions
from local 99-seat or smaller theatres.

Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies that feature an abundance of talent, diversity and ingenuity. Center Theatre Group is tapping into this deep pool of artists for Block Party – a selection of three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work the city has to offer.

Center Theatre Group has a long history of pairing with local theatre companies including the Deaf West production of “Big River” which was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 2003 and went on to Broadway before returning to the Ahmanson Theatre in 2005 as part of a national tour. More recently, Center Theatre Group partnered with Ebony Repertory Theatre for the remounting of “A Raisin in the Sun” (which played at the Douglas in conversation with the play’s sequel/prequel “Clybourne Park” which was presented simultaneously at the Taper), with 24th STreet Theatre for “Walking the Tightrope” (also at the Douglas) and participated in other productions around the city such as “The Behavior of Broadus” (with Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company) and “Birder” (with the Road Theatre Company).

Center Theatre Group received 76 submissions for the inaugural Block Party, which is currently running at the Douglas. The plays selected for the current Block Party are Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of “Failure: A Love Story” by Philip Dawkins, The Echo Theater Company’s production of “Dry Land” by Ruby Rae Spiegel and The Fountain Theatre’s production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.

Theatre companies from the greater Los Angeles area are invited to submit shows for the 2018 Block Party. The plays must have opened at a local intimate theatre between January 1, 2016, and May 30, 2017. Applications are being accepted beginning Friday, April 28 and continuing through May 30, 2017. Theatre companies interested in submitting an application should visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/BlockParty.

2017-2018 Season is Currently Available by Season Ticket Memberships Only
The 2017-2018 season at the Douglas is currently available by season ticket memberships only. For information and to purchase season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Membership Hotline at (213) 972-4444. For more information
about season tickets visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Douglas.

The Douglas Experience
A popular feature of the Kirk Douglas Theatre is The Lounge, where patrons can enjoy a cocktail before the show in the comfortable lobby of the theatre, and chat with the well-informed and engaging staff. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be taken into the seating area. (Many of the productions feature themed cocktails – Tiny Timtinis for The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!”)

Patrons are encouraged to come early and explore the interactive displays and activities in The Lounge that are specially crafted for each production. Past productions have included experiences as diverse as a photo booth where patrons could have their photo taken laughing alone with the salad of their choice (for “Women Laughing Alone with Salad”), a timeline showing the history of Chavez Ravine with an area left blank for patrons to add their own memories of Los Angeles (for “Chavez Ravine”), and an electric
guitar in the historic ticket booth of the theatre for patrons to rock out with (for “The Black Suits”).

In addition, the productions are followed by Audience Talks – post-show conversations in The Lounge facilitated by Center Theatre Group’s knowledgeable and specially trained staff.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. Parking is free in the nearby Culver City’s City Hall garage, and a number of the restaurants within steps of the theatre offer exclusive discounts to Kirk Douglas Theatre ticket holders.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

First Season Production:
September 3 – October 1, 2017 “Big Night”
(Opens September 10) Written by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Walter Bobbie.
World Premiere.

Second Season Production:
November 5 – December 31, 2017 “Spamilton”
(Opens November 12) Created, Written and Directed by
Gerard Alessandrini.
West Coast Premiere.

Third Season Production:
January 27 – February 25, 2018 “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue”
(Opens February 3) by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Shishir Kurup.

Fourth Season Production:
March 29 – May 20, 2018 Block Party:
(Openings March 31, April 21 Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre
and May 12, 2018) Three productions selected from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work of L.A.

Apr 292017
 

Star Studded Celebration Of CTG 50th Birthday

CENTER THEATRE GROUP TO HOST

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

Star Studded Evening Will Feature a One-Night-Only Production Starring Stage Alums Annette Bening, Matthew Bourne, Danai Gurira, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos, Phylicia Rashad and More to Be Announced

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Named Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles’ leading non-profit theatre company and one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, announced today its 50th anniversary celebration to be hosted on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Joined by Co-Chairs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Sue Tsao, Center Theatre Group board member, the star-studded event features a one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan, followed by dinner in downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park. The celebration will not only pay homage to 50 years of excellence, it will also spotlight Center Theatre Group’s education and community outreach programs as well as its continuing role in creating new work and helping to define the role of theatre both in Los Angeles and beyond.

Star Studded Celebration Of CTG 50th Birthday

Annette Bening and Alfred Molina in “The Cherry Orchard” at the Mark Taper Forum. Bening and Molina will participate in Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Ahmanson Theatre. For more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/50thCelebration. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Honoring Center Theatre Group’s past, present and future, the performance will draw from the many landmark productions that have been brought to life on its stages, and feature celebrated alumni such as Annette Bening, Matthew Bourne, Danai Gurira, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos, Phylicia Rashad and more to be announced.

Following the production, guests will proceed to Grand Park for an extraordinary evening complete with culinary delights led by Patina Restaurant Group’s Joachim Splichal with pieces by celebrated chefs Vartan Abgaryan (71Above), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), Bruce Kalman (Union) and Frania Mendivil (Patina).

“We are thrilled to have so many incredible artists returning to help us celebrate this exciting milestone, and the power of theatre to shape the cultural landscape of Los Angeles,” said Center Theatre Group Board President Kiki Ramos Gindler. “Our 50th Anniversary Celebration will bring together some of our most beloved and talented artists to reflect on Center Theatre Group’s proud history of world-class productions, innovative programs and field-defining new work.”

“For more than 50 years, Center Theatre Group has been working with the world’s greatest artists to present unforgettable experiences for our audiences,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “Through our 50th Anniversary Celebration, we will reflect on the incredible work that has shaped the Los Angeles theatre community, as well as welcome the journey of our next 50 years.”

Center Theatre Group has welcomed to its stages some of today’s biggest stars, including Angela Bassett, Matthew Broderick, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Al Pacino, Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and more.

Happy 50th Birthday Center Theatre Group!

 

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Apr 222017
 
Mark Ballas To Star In Jersey Boys

Mark Ballas, who will appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by SMOG design.

MARK BALLAS REPRISES HIS ACCLAIMED BROADWAY PERFORMANCE AS FRANKIE VALLI IN LOS ANGELES CAST OF

“JERSEY BOYS”

Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-Winning Best Musical

Directed by Des McAnuff

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, previewing May 16 and 17, opening May 18 and continuing through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre.

Mark Ballas will reprise his hit Broadway performance as Frankie Valli for the Los Angeles engagement of the tour. Ballas, known for his Emmy nominated work on “Dancing with the Stars,” made his Broadway debut in the role last fall (October 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017). Critically acclaimed ‘Frankie veterans’ Aaron De Jesus and Miguel Jarquin-Moreland will play Frankie Valli at certain performances during the week. The cast of “Jersey Boys” will also feature Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi) and Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella.

The ensemble of “Jersey Boys” includes Mark Edwards, Corey Greenan, Bryan Hindle, David LaMarr, Austin Owen, Kristen Paulicelli, Leslie Rochette, Andrew Russell, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Dru Serkes, Jonny Wexler and Jesse Wildman.

“Jersey Boys” is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). “Jersey Boys” has been seen by over 24 million people worldwide (as of January, 2017).

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, “Jersey Boys” is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

“Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard – and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

“Jersey Boys” opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005, running 11 record-breaking years and becoming the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. The boys said goodbye to Broadway on January 15, 2017. The “Jersey Boys” U.S. National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006. Tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The “Jersey Boys” design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award for his lighting design of “Jersey Boys”), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Clark (projections design), Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Orich (orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (music supervision, vocal/dance arrangements and incidental music).

“Jersey Boys” is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The original Broadway cast recording of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit. “Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas,” a holiday CD featuring international cast members of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

Tickets for “Jersey Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

The Four Seasons
Mark Ballas (Frankie Valli) has captivated audiences on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for 18 seasons. He’s a two-time champion, nine-time finalist and 2011 Emmy nominee for his work on the show. Stage Credits: Buddy – “The Buddy Holly Story,” “Copacabana,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He choreographed Pepsi’s Super Bowl commercial starring Sofía Vergara and the Oscar commercial for Shonda Rhimes’ “The Catch.”
He is half of the duo Alexander Jean with wife BC Jean. Their debut single/EP reached #1 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart. Mark is an accomplished flamenco and electric guitar player.
Training: The Italia Conti Performing Arts School, London. www.alexanderjean.net

Aaron De Jesus (Frankie Valli at certain performances). Credits: “Jersey Boys” (Joey), Disney’s “The Lion King” (Timon), “Wicked” (Averic, Boq u/s), “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (Patsy), “Peter Pan” (Peter), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Seymour), “Big River” (Tom Sawyer), “Guys and Dolls” (Nicely), “Cats” (Gus), “Oliver!” (The Artful Dodger), “A Funny Thing . . . Forum” (Pseudolus), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Joseph), “El muerto disimulado” (Clarindo), “The Crucible” (Ezekiel Cheever). aarondejesusonline.com. Instagram: @aaron.dejesus

Miguel Jarquin-Moreland (Frankie Valli at certain performances). Theatre: “Jersey Boys” (First National Tour); “Grease” (North Shore); “Buddy Holly” (Walnut St.); “Kingdom” (Old Globe); “Rent” (National Tour). Film/TV: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Great Fight,” “One Life to Live,” “At the Top of the Pyramid.” Training: B.M. in Musical Theatre from Catholic University; The Barrow Group; Margie Haber Studio.

Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito). Originally from Denver, Colorado, Matthew has performed professionally from the age of nine. Most recently, Matthew traveled Spain, Italy and France in “Saturday Night Fever – The Musical.” Favorite performances include “Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), “7 Brides…Brothers” (Daniel/Frank), “A Chorus Line” (Mike), “1940’s Radio Hour” (BJ Gibson), “Cinderella” (Prince), and “Viva Vegas” (Elvis). @mdailey88

Keith Hines (Nick Massi). Recent off-Broadway: “Cougar the Musical” (Buck), “Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man” (Stefan). Credits include: “Les Miz” (Enjolras, WVPT), “Camelot” (Lancelot, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), “1776” (Thomas Jefferson, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), “Urban Cowboy” (Bud, WVPT), “The Crucible” (John Proctor), “Picnic” (Hal). Master’s Degree in music, Oklahoma City University (voice: Florence Birdwell), The Studio/NY (Jayd McCarty’s acting conservatory). www.keith-hines.com

Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio). Regional: “Legally Blonde” (Warner, Fulton Theatre), “Mamma Mia!” (Sky, MSMT). Lincoln Center’s Sinatra Centennial Concert. Education: BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University 2016. Twitter/Instagram @cocojeacoco

Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys! Log on to www.JerseyBoysTour.com/watch.

 

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Apr 202017
 
“SPAMILTON” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

L-R: Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell in the Off-Broadway production of “Spamilton” at the Triad. “Spamilton” will play the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre November 5 through December 31, 2017. For season tickets and information, please call (213) 972-4444, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or www.Spamilton.com. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

CENTER THEATRE GROUP ANNOUNCES WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

“SPAMILTON” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

NOVEMBER 5 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017

The Hit Musical Parody will launch its National Tour in Los Angeles

 

Center Theatre Group will produce the West Coast premiere of the hit musical parody “Spamilton” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Presented as part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, “Spamilton” will run November 5 through December 31, 2017, with opening set for November 12. The production will launch a national tour with additional cities and dates to be announced. The rest of the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will be announced at a later date.

Created by Gerard Alessandrini, “Spamilton” celebrates and satirizes the Broadway blockbuster with its versatile cast of five. The world premiere Off-Broadway production has been extended three times and is now in its ninth smash month at The Triad and had Lin-Manuel Miranda exclaiming, “I laughed my brains out!”

Marilyn Stasio of Variety mused, “Hip-hop, Broadway showtunes, Viennese waltzes — is there anything this guy can’t write? No, not ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but Gerard Alessandrini, whose ingenious parody ‘Spamilton’ simultaneously salutes and sends up Miranda and his signature musical.” And Ben Brantley said “This smart, silly and often convulsively funny thesis, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues, is the work of that eminent specialist in Broadway anatomy, pathology and gossip, Gerard Alessandrini.”

Following a run of packed audiences at The Triad on W. 72nd St., “Spamilton,” the comedic musical take on all things “Hamilton” and Broadway, announced its move to 47th Street Theatre/The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre with performances beginning June 2, 2017. The show’s move puts it just a stone’s throw from the theatre housing its inspiration and main punchline.

In addition to the Off-Broadway move in New York City, the new production in Los Angeles and the upcoming tour, “Spamilton” recently opened a production in Chicago.

“We’re very excited about expanding the show a bit,” Alessandrini said. “We will also be adding up-to-date references to “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, and their impact on the current Broadway season. So look out Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Evan Hansen!”

 

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Apr 192017
 

CTG COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS

“COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR FOR THE ARTS”

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017, AT THE MUSIC CENTER ANNEX

Free Workshops, College Counseling and More Offered to High School Students

Center Theatre Group invites current high school students, parents and teachers to attend the second annual “College & Career Fair for the Arts” on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Music Center Annex located at 601 W. Temple St. in Downtown L.A. Center Theatre Group will also be hosting the previously announced “Going Pro Career Fair” for college and university students on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at East Los Angeles College. Both events will give students the opportunity to explore education and career opportunities in the arts.

Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts” is intended to help students navigate the transition from high school to college, and learn more about careers in the arts. More than 30 colleges, universities and organizations will be in attendance including the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Fashion Careers International and more. The fair will include free workshops, a food truck with free lunch (12 to 2 p.m.) and opportunities for one-on-one college counseling and personal statement help.

The free workshops will give students the opportunity to learn about the college application process and what admissions staff are looking for; the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), student loans, scholarships and financial aid; and hear from professional theatre artists across the field, from designers to actors. Workshops are open to students only.

To RSVP to Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts,” students should email StudentBody@CTGLA.org with the following information: the student’s full name, grade and school; which discussions they would like to attend; and if they are interested in participating in a 20-minute session with a college counselor or personal statement expert. Those who RSVP in advance will receive a free gift upon entry. For more information about Center Theatre Group’s “College & Career Fair for the Arts,” the “Going Pro Career Fair” and other upcoming student events, please visit https://www.centertheatregroup.org/programs/students-and-educators/teen-and-college-initiatives/upcoming-student-events/.

 

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Mar 262017
 

GOING PRO CAREER FAIR

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS THE “GOING PRO CAREER FAIR” SATURDAY, APRIL 8th 2017, AT EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CO-PRESENTED WITH LA STAGE ALLIANCE, UCLA AND USC

 

For Current College and University Students Interested in a Professional Theatre Career Center Theatre Group invites current undergraduate and graduate-level college and university students to attend the “Going Pro Career Fair” on Saturday, April 8th 2017, hosted by East Los Angeles College (ELAC) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Copresented with LA STAGE Alliance, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television, and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts, the fair will take place at the ELAC Performing and Fine Arts Complex, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
Center Theatre Group’s “Going Pro Career Fair” is intended to help current undergraduate and graduate-level students prepare for a professional theatre career.

The event will include a resource fair, speed networking sessions, panel discussions and a networking mixer.

The fair will feature tables hosted by graduate theatre programs, LA STAGE Alliance, Actors’ Equity and other unions to learn more about their work and the resources they offer theatre artists. Free snacks and beverages will be provided by UCLA.

The “Going Pro Career Fair” will also include a series of panel discussions. Guests are welcome to stop by at any point during the fair; however students are encouraged to RSVP to guarantee a spot. Those who RSVP in advanced will receive a free gift upon arrival at the fair.

The schedule for the panel discussions is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Working in Theatre Tech
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Life as an Actor
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Art + Business = Arts Management
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Life as a Playwright
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Finding Your Art: How Inspiring Theatre Artists Came of Age

Students may also participate in 20-minute speed networking sessions with theatre professionals ranging from producers to costume designers to casting directors.

Professionals will review students’ resumes and portfolios, and give advice about their professional careers.
The fair will conclude with a networking mixer from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. hosted by USC. The informal mixer will give students the opportunity to meet with professionals, ask additional questions and make connections.

The “Going Pro Career Fair” is co-presented by Center Theatre Group’s Education and Community Partnerships department. Currently one of the most active theatre education programs in the country, Education and Community Partnerships reached more than 18,000 students, teachers and community members throughout Southern California in the 2015-2016 season. To stay informed about Center Theatre Group’s latest offerings, students ages 13 to 23 can sign up for the Student Body mailing list.
Student Body members hear about free workshops, specially priced ticket offers and chances to mingle with peers at events designed for, by and about the next generation.More information is available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/StudentBody.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

To RSVP to Center Theatre Group’s “Going Pro Career Fair,” students should email StudentBody@CTGLA.org with the following information: the student’s full name, school and year, and which discussions they would like to attend. Students interested in participating in a 20-minute speed networking session should email CSchenkkan@CTGLA.org. For more information, please call Felipe at 213.972.7587.

 

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