Natalie Wood

Backstage with Broderick, Olmos, Gossett Jr. and more at Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary

Backstage with Broderick, Olmos, Gossett Jr. and more at Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary

You could barely move backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday night. Turn right and you’d bang into Matthew Broderick, turn left and you’d slam into Edward James Olmos, and Louis Gossett Jr. was behind. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson was onstage belting out the soulful finale of the Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The dozens of actors and actresses, including Alfred Molina, Phylicia Rashad and Tzi Ma, were getting ready to take the stage for the evening’s curtain call. It was a stage most of them were intimately acquainted with. The performers had highlighted each decade of Center Theatre Group’s history through the memories, monologues and songs of...

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