Apr 272017
Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

Mark Ballas, who will appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by SMOG design.



Free Concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Grand Park Across From The Music Center

“Into the Woods and “Jersey Boys” Casts Perform Hits From Their Smash Broadway Shows

“Jersey Boys” to Perform “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night”

On Friday, April 28, Center Theatre Group will launch the newly created free concert event “Broadway at Grand Park” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with cast members from the Ahmanson Theatre’s “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” performing some of the biggest hits from these popular shows. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mark Ballas as Franki Valli will lead the Jersey Boys for the Grand Park concert with Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines and Cory Jeacoma as Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio, respectively. The Jersey Boys will perform the hits “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night,” “Who Loves You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Cast members from “Into the Woods” will perform a selection of favorites from the hit Sondheim musical.

Ballas will reprise his acclaimed Broadway performance as Frankie Valli in the Ahmanson engagement of “Jersey Boys.” Ballas, known for his Emmy nominated work on “Dancing with the Stars,” made his Broadway debut in the role last fall. “Jersey Boys,” plays at the Ahmanson May 16 through June 24, 2017.

Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

The cast of the Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods,” which plays April 4 through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company’s “Into the Woods” is currently playing at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre through May 14. The Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

“Into the Woods” includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky in this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The award-winning musical has been mounted with boundless imagination: a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Music and lyrics for “Into the Woods” are by Stephen Sondheim, the book is by James Lapine and the co-directors are Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard—and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

The book for “Jersey Boys” is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the music is by Bob Gaudio, the lyrics are y Bob Crewe, the choreography is by Sergio Trujillo and the director is Des McAnuff.

Bank of America is the season sponsor for the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Grand Park Mainstage is located at 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event will also feature a pop-up box office open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grand Park so attendees may purchase tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys.”

Tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets will also be available for purchase from 11:30 to 2 p.m. in Grand Park on Friday, April 28 only. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012




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Oct 132014

Previously-Announced Paxton Whitehead is Joined by
Charles Shaughnessy, Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan and Rod McLachlan
Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, October 14

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy, who will appear in “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Written by Joe Orton, “What the Butler Saw” will be directed by John Tillinger.

Casting is set for award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw,” opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on November 23, 2014. Rehearsals begin October 14, previews begin November 12 and performances run through December 21.

Joining previously-announced cast member Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”), are Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”) and Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

Tickets for “What the Butler Saw” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Dec 272012

Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan

Union Station is the region’s primary transit hub, connecting Southern California counties whose combined population totals more than 17 million. Metro purchased the iconic downtown LA station in 2011.

More than 60,000 travelers and commuters access the station’s transit providers, which include Metro bus and rail lines, Metrolink commuter rail, Amtrak long-distance rail, and numerous municipal carriers and specialty shuttles with connections to downtown Los Angeles. As Measure R funds Metro’s system expansion, Union Station is expected to see upwards of 100,000 boardings per day.

The Union Station Master Plan will develop Metro’s vision and plan to guide future development at the station, including transit operations, enhanced pedestrian access, and new private and/or public real estate development.

Project Goals

Create a great destination

Building on the significant attributes of Union Station, the Master Plan will shape the city’s premier destination for transit users, residents and visitors. Potential enhancements include creating a public space that is sensitive to the site’s historic and cultural fabric and adjacent neighborhoods.

Celebrate the site’s history

The Master Plan will celebrate the station and embrace all adjacent neighborhoods’ rich history, providing for development that complements the station’s architecture and heritage to reinforce Union Station’s place in history.

Provide connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods

One of the Master Plan’s primary goals is to create greater accessibility to Union Station from surrounding neighborhoods.

Improve the Union Station passenger experience

A program of improvements — ranging from upgraded signage to expanded services — will be designed to enhance each passenger’s visit.

Prepare for High Speed Rail

The Master Plan will be flexible to accommodate anticipated future arrival of high speed rail (HSR) serving Union Station.

Oct 262012

CALENDAR OF EVENTS November 2012-January 2013

EVENT:                    “Other Desert Cities”    by Jon Robin Baitz    Directed by Robert Egan with Jeannie Berlin, Robert Foxworth, Robin Weigert, Michael Weston and JoBeth Williams.

DESCRIPTION: Directed by Robert Egan, “Other Desert Cities” tells the story of a once promising novelist who returns home after a six year absence to spend the holidays with her parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the reunion is thrown into turmoil.

DATES/TIMES: Previews begin November 28.  Opens December 9. Continues through January 6, 2013. Previews (November 28 — December 8): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances on Sunday, December 2. No performance on Mondays. Exceptions: Matinee on Saturday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m. Opens Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning December 11): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays. Exceptions: No performance on Tuesday, December 25. Added performance on Monday, December 31 at 8 p.m. No performance on Tuesday, January 1.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $20 to $65 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the CTG box office or on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:  Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., 90012