WEST SIDE STORY

It takes brilliance and balls to pull off the reinvention of a musical theater classic, particularly one as renowned for its iconic choreography as for its book, music, and lyrics, but this is precisely what director Richard Israel and choreographer John Todd have accomplished in the brilliant, ballsy West Side Story they have mounted for The La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment.
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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Star-crossed Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt fall in and out of love once more in McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s exceptional revival of Jason Robert Brown’s exquisite The Last Five Years, now thrilling audiences at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
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LEND ME A TENOR

A sensational cast performing under Art Manke’s inspired direction make McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s pitch-perfect revival of Ken Ludwig’s 1986 smash Lend Me A Tenor a crowd-pleaser if there ever was one, and the best possible reason to brave L.A. traffic for an evening of farce at its most fabulous at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Take a classic novel by Victor Hugo, half-a-dozen songs from a favorite Disney film, and the inspired casting of a deaf actor as Quasimodo and you’ve got three, though hardly the only reasons for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame to top any musical theater lover’s must-see list as summer turns to fall.
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DISNEY THE LITTLE MERMAID

It’s taken nearly ten years for Disney The Little Mermaid to make it from Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to “Under The Sea” at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts, but director Glenn Casale’s ingeniously reconceived, spectacularly staged take on the New York original makes it well worth the wait.
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AMERICAN IDIOT

Generation Y-ers have set up shop for the next couple weeks at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in the very best of the five incarnations I’ve seen so far of Green Day’s addictive rock musical American Idiot.
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DREAMGIRLS

Spectacular design, inspired direction and choreography, and above all one electrifying star turn—elements that together made the 2010 National Tour of the legendary Dreamgirls one for the ages—have been reassembled at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts to make for the big-stage, big-budget Dreamgirls revival its fans have been waiting for.
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EMPIRE THE MUSICAL

RECOMMENDED

A pair of stellar lead performances, a sensational young ensemble executing director-choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s thrilling dance moves, and the fascination already built into the story behind the construction of NYC’s most iconic landmark are the best reasons to catch Empire The Musical at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts, though its producers’ exhortation to “See it before it goes to Broadway” is, at least as things stand now, wishful thinking.
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