We are extremely pleased to bring Broadway's six-time Tony Award®- and 2018 Grammy®-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen to Los Angeles. And we also have four more shows from New York you're going to enjoy: the great new musical, Come From Away, which stole Broadway's heart last season; Lincoln Center Theater's terrific revival of Falsettos, William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking musical; The Play That Goes Wrong, a wonderful new madcap murder mystery; and Paula Vogel's two-time Tony winner Indecent, a very important and moving new play. Plus, our Associate Artist Sir Matthew Bourne returns to Center Theatre Group with his beloved and magical Cinderella. It all kicks off with the kind of production you won't find anywhere else in Los Angeles: Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, landing at the Ahmanson before heading to Broadway. I think you’ll agree that this top-notch season is filled with some of the finest offerings to come along in years.
At Center Theatre Group and under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, we believe theatre creates an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences that only starts on the stage. Theatre creates the energy that feeds a city, a culture, and a society. Theatre reflects the community it serves. As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, we proudly continue our 50-year tradition of using the art of theatre to broaden horizons and illuminate new perspectives.
We entertain. We create. We engage. We inspire. We put theatre at the center of it all.
We’re launching a new web series: Working in Theatre, which offers a glimpse into the many different jobs in the field—in the words of the people who do them. If you’ve always wondered what goes on behind the curtain, or aspired to work in theatre but not necessarily to be on stage, these short videos will give you an idea of what it takes to do everything from choreographing a show and designing costumes to working in general management for a theatre company.
Center Theatre Group’s annual Richard E. Sherwood Award for emerging theatre artists is a $10,000 fund designed to nurture innovative, adventurous Los Angeles theatre artists of promise associated with performance in LA. The Award's goal is to cultivate these artists and invite them to engage in a professional relationship with Center Theatre Group. Applicants must be dedicated to improving the future of their respective artistic fields, demonstrate leadership qualities, and push existing boundaries. Artists are not limited by title, role or genre, but they must have a relationship to the art of performance.
Originally created in 1996, the Sherwood Award was established in memory of Richard E. Sherwood. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for the energy and talent of emerging artists. He was president of LACMA and president and then chairman of the Center Theatre Group Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is an endowed fund at CTG by the Sherwood family and honors Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.
Against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ iconic City Hall, the famed Chicano theatre company El Teatro Campesino creates an epic visual feast. Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven tells the story of the Mayan creation myth with an L.A. twist through towering puppetry, music, and dance. Our neighbors in Boyle Heights will perform alongside members of El Teatro, culminating a year-long process of puppet-making, performance, and music workshops. Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven highlights the local talent within our midst and reaches across centuries and cultures to celebrate life and creation in three languages: Spanish, English, and Quiché. Come experience this FREE larger-than-life community performance, presented by Center Theatre Group at Grand Park, right across the street from the Music Center.