Center Theatre Group News

Revised Preview Date For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TaperRevised Preview Date For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Taper
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Previews Now Begin September 1, 2016 Phylicia Rashad, who directed Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Directed by Phylicia Rashad. the Taper in 2013, will direct this groundbreaking play which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is inspired by the real-life Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. (more...)

The Latino Theater Company to Preview A MEXICAN TRILOGY This AugustThe Latino Theater Company to Preview A MEXICAN TRILOGY This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Latino Theater Company will offer an advance look at its upcoming epic presentation of A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story with a series of free public events set to take place at venues in Whittier, Boyle Heights, Santa Monica and Hollywood. (more...)

The Second City's UNELECTABLE YOU Sets Cast for Chicago Debut, TourThe Second City's UNELECTABLE YOU Sets Cast for Chicago Debut, Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Slate and The Second City are pleased to announce casting for 'Unelectable You,' a new live political comedy show launching at UP Comedy Club in Chicago on July 28 before heading out on a national tour this election season. The 'Unelectable You' tour cast will feature The Second City alums Carisa Barreca and Frank Caeti, Cleveland alum Cody Dove, Alan Linic, Ian Owens and Tien Tran. (more...)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Awards Two Directing FellowshipsStage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Awards Two Directing Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Director Joshua Chase Gold has been selected to be the 2016 SDCF Charles Abbott Fellow. He will be assisting Charles Abbott on his production of South Pacific at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Promo Video of GREY GARDENS, Starring Rachel York and Betty BuckleySTAGE TUBE: New Promo Video of GREY GARDENS, Starring Rachel York and Betty Buckley
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2016

GREY GARDENS The Musical opened at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre July 13, 2016. Directed by Michael Wilson, performances of the bittersweet story continue through August 14. Check out the new promo video below! (more...)

PAI Foundation Presents a 3-day Playwriting WorkshopPAI Foundation Presents a 3-day Playwriting Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

PA'I Foundation, in association with Kumu Kahua Theatre, presents a 3-day Playwriting Workshop for island writers, with Native American playwrights Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe. The workshop ? designed to serve writers of all levels, from novice to experienced ? will focus on jump-starting the writing process, exercises for the imagination, writing from your cultural perspective, and practical tips for completing and developing your work. Think of it as a crash course in getting started! (more...)

Rachel York and Betty Buckley Set for Stage Talks at Ahmanson's GREY GARDENSRachel York and Betty Buckley Set for Stage Talks at Ahmanson's GREY GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

A series of Stage Talks have been set for 'Grey Gardens' The Musical at CTG/Ahmanson, to take place following the performance on Tuesdays, July 26, August 2 and 9. Cast members Rachel York and Betty Buckley will comment on the production and answer questions from audience members. (more...)

Aug 16-23: Free Events to Offer Peek at LATC's MEXICAN TRILOGYAug 16-23: Free Events to Offer Peek at LATC's MEXICAN TRILOGY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The Latino Theater Company will offer an advance look at its upcoming epic presentation of A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story with a series of free public events set to take place at venues in Boyle Heights, Santa Monica and Hollywood. The award-winning trilogy, comprised of three plays by Evelina Fernandez individually titled 'Faith,' 'Hope' and 'Charity,' will be presented in its entirety for the first time at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown L.A. this fall. (more...)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA to Play DeVos Performance Hall This FallRodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA to Play DeVos Performance Hall This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play at DeVos Performance Hall for a limited engagement from September 27-October 2. (more...)

Lillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los AngelesLillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' which begins previews August 31, opens September 11 and continues through October 16, 2016, at the Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

Shattered Globe Theatre Announces 2016-17 SeasonShattered Globe Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with Rob Frankel.   (more...)


by Nicole Rosky - Jul 20, 2016

After over 300 performances on Broadway, a sold-out run at the Public Theater, eleven Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, a Pulitzer Prize and countless other honors, HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said goodbye to the role for which he'll be forever remembered. What comes next? The age of Javilton. Javier Muñoz has been the Hamilton alternate dating back to the musical's early development and debut at the Public Theatre in January 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement. Now he has officially taken over the title role- something he has past experience with. He previously took over the role of Usnavi - again, replacing Miranda - in the latter's Tony-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. (more...)

World Premieres by Rajiv Joseph & David Henry Hwang, Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES Highlight CTG's 50th Season at Mark Taper ForumWorld Premieres by Rajiv Joseph & David Henry Hwang, Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES Highlight CTG's 50th Season at Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Center Theatre Group celebrates 50 years in the iconic Mark Taper Forum with the 2017-2018 season announced today by Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. The new season features five plays that represent the past, present and future of the theatre, plus a special immersive event on the streets of Los Angeles. (more...)

World Premiere of New Play by Theresa Rebeck: SEAREDWorld Premiere of New Play by Theresa Rebeck: SEARED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) begins its fourteenth season with the tasty World Premiere Seared by powerhouse playwright Theresa Rebeck. Searedis a special commission by San Francisco Playhouse. Margarett Perry will direct. (more...)

Carla Ching's THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHIT UP to Make World Premiere in Los AngelesCarla Ching's THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHIT UP to Make World Premiere in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Tumultuous relationships, spin-outs and epic life fails forge an unlikely friendship in The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up by Carla Ching, a play about falling in and out of love with your best friend. (more...)

Theresa Rebeck's SEARED to Make World Premiere at San Francisco Playhouse This FallTheresa Rebeck's SEARED to Make World Premiere at San Francisco Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse begins its fourteenth season with the World Premiere SEARED written by powerhouse playwright Theresa Rebeck. SEARED is a special commisson by San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post Street, San Francisco, California). Margarett Perry will direct. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes and Highlights of GREY GARDENS Starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York!STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes and Highlights of GREY GARDENS Starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York!
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2016

GREY GARDENS The Musical opened at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre July 13, 2016. Directed by Michael Wilson, performances of the bittersweet story continue through August 14. Check out a behind the scenes look below, along with highlights of the performance! (more...)

Libby Winters and Ito Aghayere Set For UNIFORMS Off-BroadwayLibby Winters and Ito Aghayere Set For UNIFORMS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Director Jimmy Maize (Spoon River Anthology at The Invisible Dog) and BOSS (En Garde Arts) will lead actresses Libby Winters (American Idiot) and Ito Aghayere (Lortel Nomination for Familiar at Playwrights Horizons) in Uniforms by Jeffrey James Keyes (The End of Days &Imaginary Friends) next month in the Samuel French 41st Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Angela Lansbury & More Attend GREY GARDENS THE MUSICAL Opening NightPhoto Coverage: Angela Lansbury & More Attend GREY GARDENS THE MUSICAL Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

GREY GARDENS THE MUSICAL opened at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry opening night - check them out below! (more...)

Amigos del REP Announces 2016 ScheduleAmigos del REP Announces 2016 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Amigos del REP and San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) have announced the schedule of their free reading series by Latino/a artists for the remainder of 2016. The six performances in San Diego REP's Lyceum Stage and Lyceum Space theatres include the variety show "Club Cafe" produced by John Padilla and Dave Rivas; "King Liz" written by Fernanda Coppel (ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder") and directed by Elsa Martinez; the politically driven "The Sweetheart Deal" written and directed by Center Theatre Group's Associate Artistic Director Diane Rodriguez; "El Cipitio," a collaboration from original Culture Clash members Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas withRandy Ertll, directed by Siguenza and based on Ertll's novel "The Lives and Times of El Cipitio;" the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration "Historias Tenebrosas" produced by Dave Rivas; and a yet to be announced family-friendly holiday show presented in December at the Downtown Central Library, directed by Bryant Hernandez. (more...)

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