Center Theatre Group News

Photo Flash: Kate Shindle, Alison Bechdel and More Celebrate FUN HOME's Opening at the AhmansonPhoto Flash: Kate Shindle, Alison Bechdel and More Celebrate FUN HOME's Opening at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical 'Fun Home' opened last night, February 22, at the Ahmanson Theatre and continues through April 1, 2017. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry opening festivities below! (more...)

Darren Criss, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More Among 48th Annual LADCC Award NomineesDarren Criss, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and More Among 48th Annual LADCC Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre for the year 2016 (Dec. 1, 2015 - Nov. 30, 2016). (more...)

National New Play Network to Premiere 4 Plays at 15 Theaters This YearNational New Play Network to Premiere 4 Plays at 15 Theaters This Year
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces four Rolling World Premieres: Halftime with Don by Ken Weitzman, Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood, The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan. The four plays will receive a total of 15 NNPN RWP productions, with each play seeing at least three distinct productions in a discrete 12-month period. (more...)

THE HUMANS, David Henry Hwang's SOFT POWER Headline 2017-18 at the Ahmanson TheatreTHE HUMANS, David Henry Hwang's SOFT POWER Headline 2017-18 at the Ahmanson Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Stephen Karam's four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway play THE HUMANS will be the centerpiece of the Ahmanson Theatre's 2017-18 season at Center Theatre Group next June, along with David Henry Hwang's new commission SOFT POWER. (more...)

Center Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional FinalsCenter Theatre Group Announces Judges for 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Center Theatre Group is announcing five judges from varying professions that will participate in the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals taking place at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - HAMILTON's Javier Munoz Guests on Tonight's 'Blindspot'VIDEO: Sneak Peek - HAMILTON's Javier Munoz Guests on Tonight's 'Blindspot'
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Broadway's current Alexander Hamilton, Javier Muñoz will guest star on tonight's  all new episode of BLINDSPOT, titled 'Draw O Caesar, Erase A Coward.' The episode airs at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. (more...)

Works by Kimber Lee, Jen Silverman and More on Tap for MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading SeriesWorks by Kimber Lee, Jen Silverman and More on Tap for MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the lineup for this spring's Ted Snowdon Reading Series, formerly titled the Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series. (more...)

FUN HOME Opens Tomorrow at the AhmansonFUN HOME Opens Tomorrow at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home" opens February 22 at the Ahmanson Theatre and continues through April 1, 2017. "Fun Home" has one preview performance on February 21. (more...)

ZOOT SUIT Extends for Third and Final Time at the TaperZOOT SUIT Extends for Third and Final Time at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Due to continued extraordinary ticket sales and resounding critical response, Center Theatre Group is announcing a third and final one-week extension for the run of Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit' at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

BWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day PoliticsBWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day Politics
by Don Grigware - Feb 20, 2017

Let's get one thing perfectly clear from the get.go. Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway in 1978, is a milestone. Broadway had not seen anything quite like it up to that point. First of all, it put Mexicans into the mainstream ... and their Pachuco culture, including their music and dance. In form it's a serious play about the Zoot Suit murders of 1942 in Southern California, but it is laced with humor, song and dance, classifying it in both realms of fact and fantasy. Now, after 39 years, in the 50th anniversary year of Center Theatre Group, Zoot Suit returns in an all new revival, once again directed by the brilliant Valdez. It has a fantastic cast, is high on entertainment value...and its issues do indeed mirror those present in today's politically ruthless world. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley present CALLIGRAPHYPhoto Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley present CALLIGRAPHY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with the Regional Premiere of Velina Hasu Houston's international comic drama, Calligraphy. Two continents, two cultures, two estranged sisters, and two cousins determined to bridge the gap between them, are all boldly calligraphed in this free-wheeling work set in Los Angeles and Tokyo, past and present.  East and West collide as Japanese free-spirit Sayuri and biracial American Hiromi care for their feuding mothers, whom they gamely hope to reunite before it is too late. Directed by TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Director Leslie Martinson, Calligraphy will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley March 8-April 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For tickets ($35-$59) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Steppenwolf Adds One Week of Performances to STRAIGHT WHITE MENSteppenwolf Adds One Week of Performances to STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

By popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company extends its critically acclaimed Chicago premiere production of Straight White Men written and directed by Young Jean Lee. Hailed as "fascinating and hugely arresting" (Chicago Tribune, 3 ½ out of 4 stars) and "intriguing and entertaining" (Time Out Chicago), the production continues for seven additional performances, through March 26, 2017. Tickets ($20 - $89) to the additional performances of Straight White Men are now on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. (more...)

Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre on March 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

PRETTY FILTHY Cast to Celebrate Album Release at Feinstein's/54 Below This MonthPRETTY FILTHY Cast to Celebrate Album Release at Feinstein's/54 Below This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Civilians, Ghostlight Records, and Jon B. Platt will celebrate the recent release of the PRETTY FILTHY original cast recording with an unforgettable evening of this groundbreaking show about the "Other Hollywood" at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM.  (more...)

John Stamos, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan, Robert Greenblatt to Chair 2017 Mr. Abbott Award Gala Honoring Kenny LeonJohn Stamos, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan, Robert Greenblatt to Chair 2017 Mr. Abbott Award Gala Honoring Kenny Leon
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDC Foundation), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announces Robert Greenblatt, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning producer and Chairman of NBC Entertainment (The Wiz LIVE! and Hairpsray LIVE!), and John Stamos, star of stage and screen (Full House), as honorary co-chairs, and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan of Storyline Entertainment - Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Hairpsray LIVE!) as co-chairs of the 2017 'Mr. Abbott' Award Gala honoring Kenny Leon. (more...)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Return To The Music Center To Perform West Coast Premieres, 3/8-3/12Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Return To The Music Center To Perform West Coast Premieres, 3/8-3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Music Center, L.A.'s performing arts destination, welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 8 - 12, 2017 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company will perform three different programs during the five-day engagement. (more...)

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Continues 2016-2017 Season with CONSTELLATIONSKansas City Repertory Theatre Continues 2016-2017 Season with CONSTELLATIONS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Constellations, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Rosen. When it comes to this multi-dimensional love story, just how much is written in the stars?  Marianne and Roland's relationship unfolds across time and space in this spellbinding, heartbreaking look at life and love at the intersection of choice and destiny, written by Nick Payne. (more...)

Playwrights Foundation and Stanford to Continue 'Rough Readings' with OUR MOTHER'S MEALPlaywrights Foundation and Stanford to Continue 'Rough Readings' with OUR MOTHER'S MEAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Playwrights Foundation (PF) and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford's 2016/17 Rough Reading Series present early draft  readings on February 27 & 28 of OUR MOTHER'S MEAL by Novid Parsi in partnership with Golden Thread Productions. (more...)

HAMILTON's Javier Munoz to Guest Star on NBC's Hit Drama 'Blindspot'HAMILTON's Javier Munoz to Guest Star on NBC's Hit Drama 'Blindspot'
by TV News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

BWW has learned that Broadway's current Alexander Hamilton, Javier Muñoz  will guest star in next Wednesday's all new episode of BLINDSPOT titled 'Draw O Caesar, Erase A Coward,' airing February 22 (more...)

Court Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEMCourt Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problemruns March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago.  (more...)

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