Center Theatre Group Plans Star-Studded 50th Anniversary Event

The evening will feature a one-night-only performance as well as a VIP dinner at Grand Park featuring a menu led by Patina Restaurant Group's Joachim Splichal.
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From left: Annette Bening, Phylicia Rashad, Bob Greenblatt

Center Theatre Group is putting the pieces in place for its 50th anniversary celebration, scheduled for May 20 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Joined by co-chairs Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Sue Tsao, Center Theatre Group board member, the exclusive event will feature a one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan. As a way to honor CTG's past, present and future, the performance will nod to previous productions and feature alumni including Annette Bening, Matthew Bourne, Danai Gurira, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos, Phylicia Rashad and others.

Following the production, attendees will then proceed to Grand Park for a dinner 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 CTG 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."

Added CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie: “For more than 50 years, Center Theatre Group has been working with the world’s greatest artists to present unforgettable experiences for our audiences. 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.”

CTG includes the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600- to 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre, both located at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, as well as the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. More information about the big birthday bash can be found here.

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