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July 29, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Richard Kagan used to write summer-camp musicals in the Poconos, collaborating with young Marvin Hamlisch. Then he became a commercial theater producer. Now he's the president of the board of Center Theatre Group, L.A.'s biggest nonprofit theater company, which runs the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre. He succeeds Phyllis Hennigan, who had served since 1997. Elected president last month, Kagan is the first CTG president who has previous experience as a theatrical producer.
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July 29, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Richard Kagan used to write summer-camp musicals in the Poconos, collaborating with young Marvin Hamlisch. Then he became a commercial theater producer. Now he's the president of the board of Center Theatre Group, L.A.'s biggest nonprofit theater company, which runs the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre. He succeeds Phyllis Hennigan, who had served since 1997. Elected president last month, Kagan is the first CTG president who has previous experience as a theatrical producer.
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October 10, 1991 | BILL HIGGINS
The Scene: The premiere of Paramount's "Frankie & Johnny," starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino, Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences theater in Beverly Hills. The screening and party benefited the Center Theatre Group. Who Was There: Pfeiffer and director Garry Marshall, plus co-stars Kate Nelligan and Jane Morris.
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October 2, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The Kirk Douglas Theatre, constructed from the framework of an old Culver City movie theater, was unveiled Thursday accompanied by confetti, champagne, performances -- and a couple of technical glitches. The evening was the culmination of a 35-year campaign by Center Theatre Group and Gordon Davidson, the organization's founding artistic director, to create a permanent CTG venue that is more intimate than the group's downtown theaters, the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre.
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October 1, 2006
I know I speak for our staff when I say we could not disagree more with Charles McNulty's opinion of artistic director Michael Ritchie's first season at Center Theatre Group. Michael has great instincts developed over a 30-year career, and more important he is collegial, solicitous of new ideas and unafraid of disagreement. And he has the fortitude to take calculated risks. My 40 years of working with artistic directors such as Nikos Psacharopoulos, William Ball, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gordon Davidson have shown me that only strong, decisive personalities are successful in this extremely difficult role.
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February 25, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Michael Ritchie, who took over as artistic director of Center Theatre Group on Jan. 1, has tossed out an idea that has many in the L.A. theatrical community salivating -- even though no one knows exactly how it might work. He wants to open his group's new Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City for use by other local theater companies. Ritchie mentioned the idea last week before several dozen theater artists who gathered for a reception sponsored by CTG's new Diversity Advisory Committee.
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January 23, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saturday night's double-whammy opening night crowd came out as much to experience the cozy new Ahmanson Theatre redesign as to preview the international hit musical "Miss Saigon." "It's open. There's no--what do you call that soft fabric?--velvet. The seats are very comfortable. New York theaters have a feel, this theater feels like L.A.," said director Garry Marshall.
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February 5, 1997 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was an evening of accolades to the memory and talent of the late Irving Berlin, but it started out with pictures of young Samuel Goldwyn Jr. chucking pebbles in the direction of the late, great songwriter. "That's me, the skinny kid bawled out for throwing stones," Goldwyn told the full house at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday night, after a home movie had revealed his prank on a long ago cruise to Alaska with the Berlin family.
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October 7, 2003 | Don Shirley and Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writers
The head of the celebrated Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts will assume the leading position in Los Angeles theater in January 2005 as artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the new Kirk Douglas Theatre, it was announced Monday. Center Theatre Group, which oversees the three theaters, named Michael Ritchie to take over what is considered the most powerful theatrical producing job in the West and a key position in American theater.
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September 29, 2002 | ANN CONWAY
Mamma Mia! Call it a social triathlon: They wined and dined. They watched the opening night performance of "Mamma Mia!" They discoed at a post-performance cast party. And so it went for patrons of the Center Theatre Group who celebrated the launch of its 36th season at a sellout benefit that netted $160,000 for its outreach programs.
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December 28, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to get a jump on competitors and on government health reformers, Blue Shield of California announced Monday that it will drop all health exclusions from its coverage plans for individual enrollees and their families, without raising rates. Effective Jan. 1, the San Franciso-based insurer will no longer exclude benefits for specific medical problems or impose waiting periods for pre-existing conditions. But it will still refuse coverage to some applicants with health problems.
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