This story first appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Arts nonprofits and stars: perfect for symbiotic brand burnishing! NPR has memorably corralled Alec Baldwin's wit for its pledge drive.
PBS made Laura Linney its madam of Masterpiece. Now L.A.'s Center Theatre Group might have outdone them by assembling an all-star cast of veteran CTG performers, including Alfred Molina and Jeff Goldblum, for its new preshow recorded announcements.
Felicity Huffman debuted her own endearingly self-aware voiceover address at the Ahmanson Theatre opening of Anything Goes on Nov. 28, advising the audience -- which included Seth MacFarlane and Lawrence Bender -- to refrain from texting (extended beat: "that's super-annoying"), take note of the exits (beat: "in case you hate the play") and, please, make a tax-deductible donation. After all, CTG hires "out-of-work actors like myself."