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Jennifer Hudson, Frank Langella, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening and More Celebrated The Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary

Jennifer Hudson, Frank Langella, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening and More Celebrated The Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary
Annette Bening

Annette Bening Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Last night, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Langella, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alfred Molina, Louis Gosset Jr., and more theatre greats took the stage at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary. The exclusive event—Co-Chaired by NBC Entertainment Chairman and Center Theatre Group board member Robert Greenblatt and fellow Center Theatre Group board member Sue Tsao—included a one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan, followed by dinner in downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theater Group

Fresh off her announcement as coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Jennifer Hudson brought the house down with her closing number, “I Know Where I’ve Been,” from Hairspray. Matthew Broderick performed a scene from Brighton Beach Memoirs with Tyne Daly and Annette Bening. Edward James Olmos and Alma Martinez performed a scene from Zoot Suit.

Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Backstage the energy was festive and contagious as performers greeted one another with big hugs and watched each other’s performances from the wings. Everyone from performers to staff to the audience joined in as Merle Dandridge, Ben Schrader, Barrett Foa, Christy Romano and Doug LaBrecque sang Rent’s “Seasons of Love.”

Frank Langella

Frank Langella Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

The full cast included: 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, Jennifer Hudson, Gregory Itzin, Doug LaBrecque, Frank Langella, Tzi Ma, Alan Mandell, Dakin Matthews, Francis McDormand, Alfred Molina, Richard Montoya, Edward James Olmos, Valerie Perri, Phylicia Rashad, Christy Carlson Romano, Thomas Sadoski, Christina Saffran, Ric Salinas, Benjamin Schrader, Herbert Siguenza, Jimmy Smits, Shoshannah Stern, Paul Oakley Stovall, Rodney To, Lisa Vroman, Ed Waterstreet, and Aryana Williams.

Benjamin Schrader, Matthew Broderick, Jon Robin Baitz

Benjamin Schrader, Matthew Broderick, and playwright Jon Robin Baitz Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Alfred Molina, Bill Cain, Annette Bening

Alfred Molina, playwright Bill Cain and actress Annette Bening Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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