EMPIRE THE MUSICAL

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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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RENT

Rent is back … in the big-stage, big-talent production the now iconic Jonathan Larson Broadway smash deserves, news which ought to send every Renthead zooming over to La Mirada to catch as sensational a regional Rent as you’ll ever see.
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FIRST DATE

First impressions, no matter how dismal, do indeed merit a second glance when boy meets girl in First Date, the smart, funny Broadway musical romcom now getting an absolutely Grade-A Southern California Premiere at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
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MARY POPPINS

Forget practically perfect. Only someone as nitpicking as Mary Poppins herself could find nits to pick with the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh Broadway smash as produced to utter perfection by La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment.
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JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A MUSICAL

If a World Premiere musicalization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in which the 19th-century novelist figures not only as part of its title but as one of the its leading players seems fraught with peril, then Austen fans can rest assured. To quote from La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts’ next-up Mary Poppins, Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, A Musical is practically perfect in every way.
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CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

The La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts at long last gives Stephen King’s tormented telekinetic teen Carrietta N. White the smash hit musical her fans have been waiting for since Carrie: The Musical’s 1988 Broadway debut became, according to The New York Times, “the most expensive quick flop in Broadway history.”
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JOHNNY GUITAR THE MUSICAL

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Whittier Community Theatre celebrates 93 years of entertaining audiences (and providing local 9-to-5ers a stage on which to strut their stuff by night) with Johnny Guitar The Musical, the campy off-Broadway adaptation of the 1954 Joan Crawford potboiler-turned-cult classic.
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BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

Few Broadway shows of recent years combine the drama, the laughter, the heart, and the emotional punch of Billy Elliot The Musical, now playing at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts. Factor in the music of Sir Elton John, brilliantly original direction and choreography by La Mirada’s very own Brian Kite and Dana Solimando, and a cast who prove that nobody does it better than our SoCal triple-threats and you’ve got not only the first Must-See big-stage musical of 2015, you will likely find yourself waiting a good long while before any other locally-staged musical achieves the heights to which Billy—at one point quite literally—soars.
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