1998–2007

New Theatre, New Leadership

The Kirk Douglas Theatre opened, Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson retired, and Artistic Director Michael Ritchie assumed leadership of Center Theatre Group in our fourth decade.

By breaking the rules, The Cider House Rules proves to be a powerful landmark piece of Los Angeles Theater.

Debbie Arrington, Press Telegram

The Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre was very proud to have ['Cinderella'] [first], and that showed in the way they cared about the piece.

Matthew Bourne on what it felt like to work with Center Theatre Group
Al Pacino in 'Hughie.'
June 27 – July 25, 1999

Al Pacino stars in and directs Eugene O’Neill’s 'Hughie' at the Taper., June 27 – July 25, 1999

Al Pacino in 'Hughie.' Photo by Jay Thompson/Craig Schwartz

Anjali Bhimani (front) and Hallie Beaune Jacobson (rear) in 'Metamorphoses.'
April 6 – May 21, 2000

Anjali Bhimani and Hallie Beaune Jacobson in 'Metamorphoses', April 6 – May 21, 2000

Anjali Bhimani (front) and Hallie Beaune Jacobson (rear) in 'Metamorphoses.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

The myth is a public dream,
dreams are private myths.

from 'Metamorphoses', based on the myths of Ovid,written and directed by Mary Zimmerman at the Taper
Harry Lennix in 'King Hedley II.'
September 14 – Oct 22, 2000

Harry Lennix in August Wilson's "King Hedley II", September 14 – Oct 22, 2000

Harry Lennix in 'King Hedley II.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

If we want to make something new, we must love what is old.

Ta in David Henry Hwang's 'Flower Drum Song',
(L–R) John Earl Jelks, Yvette Ganier, and Phylicia Rashad in 'Gem of the Ocean.'
July 31 – September 7, 2003

The World premiere production of August Wilson’s 'Gem of the Ocean.' , July 31 – September 7, 2003

(L–R) John Earl Jelks, Yvette Ganier, and Phylicia Rashad in 'Gem of the Ocean.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

(L–R) John Fleck and Jim Anzide in 'A Perfect Wedding.'
November 7 – 28, 2004

'A Perfect Wedding', November 7 – 28, 2004

(L–R) John Fleck and Jim Anzide in 'A Perfect Wedding.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, A Perfect Wedding sends the Douglas Theatre off to a fast, bold start.

Daryl H. Miller, Los Angeles Times
(L–R) Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor in 'The Paris Letter.'
December 12, 2004 – January 2, 2005

Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor in 'The Paris Letter.', December 12, 2004 – January 2, 2005

(L–R) Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor in 'The Paris Letter.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

But in every way, [August Wilson's] 10-play saga documenting the black American experience through each decade of the 20th century has to rank as one of the greatest achievements in the history of American theater.

Jim Farber, Daily Breeze
Sutton Foster and the cast of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.'
November 18 – December 24, 2005

Sutton Foster in the 'The Drowsy Chaperone', November 18 – December 24, 2005

Sutton Foster and the cast of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

(L–R) Matt Lanter and Laurence Fishburne in a scene from 'Without Walls.'
June 11 – July 16, 2006

Matt Lanter and Laurence Fishburne in Alfred Uhry's 'Without Walls', June 11 – July 16, 2006

(L–R) Matt Lanter and Laurence Fishburne in a scene from 'Without Walls.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

(Front, L–R) Tyler Mann, Emma Degerstedt, J.D. Phillips, Caitlin Baunoch, (Back, L–R) Ricky Ashley, Sara Niemietz, and Seth Zibalese in '13.'
January 7 – February 18, 2007

The cast at the world premiere of Jason Robert Brown's musical '13.', January 7 – February 18, 2007

(Front, L–R) Tyler Mann, Emma Degerstedt, J.D. Phillips, Caitlin Baunoch, (Back, L–R) Ricky Ashley, Sara Niemietz, and Seth Zibalese in '13.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.