12:17pm PT by Chris Gardner
Jennifer Hudson to Perform at Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Celebration
On the heels of news that she's joining NBC's The Voice, Jennifer Hudson has lined up another high-profile appearance in Los Angeles. The Grammy- and Oscar- winner will take to the stage to help Center Theatre Group toast 50 years as part of the downtown artistic institution's anniversary gala.
Hudson is scheduled to sing the evening’s closing number May 20 at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre. The appearance will reunite her with NBC Entertainment chairman and CTG board member Robert Greenblatt, who is co-chairing the event. (Hudson starred in NBC's Hairspray Live!) Other co-chairs include board member Sue Tsao.
Hudson joins previously announced cast including Jon Robin Baitz, Annette Bening, Sir Matthew Bourne, Matthew Broderick, Bill Cain, Anthony Crivello, Culture Clash, Tyne Daly, Merle Dandridge, Tim Dang, Keith David, Shaila Essley, Barrett Foa, Davis Gaines, Louis Gossett Jr., Harry Groener, Charlie Hofheimer, Clint Holmes, David Henry Hwang, Gregory Itzin, Doug LaBrecque, Tzi Ma, Alan Mandell, Dakin Matthews, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos, Valerie Perri, Phylicia Rashad, Christy Carlson Romano, Thomas Sadoski, Christina Saffran, Benjamin Schrader, Jimmy Smits, Shoshannah Stern, Desean Terry, Rodney To, Lisa Vroman, Ed Waterstreet and Aryana Williams for the one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan.
In a release announcing the news, CTG writes that the evening's performance will "draw from the many landmark productions that have been brought to life on Center Theatre Group’s stages, as well as its continuing role in creating new work and helping to define the role of theatre both in Los Angeles and beyond." More information about the event can be found here.