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About the other night: Center Theatre Group raises $4 million as stars come out to celebrate its golden anniversary

About the other night: Center Theatre Group raises $4 million as stars come out to celebrate its golden anniversary

Belting out “I Know Where I’ve Been” from “Hairspray Live!,” Jennifer Hudson closed the one-night-only, star-studded show at the Ahmanson Theatre for the Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary, which was celebrated in high style May 20.

In addition to Hudson’s performance, CTG’s festivities on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles had plenty of other highlights. A pre-show cocktail party gave patrons a chance to mingle with fellow theater aficionados, and a seated dinner in Grand Park followed.

The celebration, which raised a whopping $4 million, included food stations from celebrity chefs as well as a dazzling sound-and-light show that splashed images from past plays from...

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