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Dreamgirls @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Mike Martin 

Let me get a few things out-of-the-way…

Dreamgirls has a script that runs a bit long and does tend to show its age.

Lyrically the score is a bit one note and juvenile.

This production had some sound hiccups when I attended.

There.

Whew.

Now that the unpleasantness is out of the way, let me say that this production of Dreamgirls is an absolute treat. This production not only makes one pine wistfully for the big, spectacle shows of the 80’s in its staging but showcases talent that transcends the very limitations I mentioned above. Masterful choreography and direction keep the pace moving and fluid, and technically (other than the sound issues mentioned above) the production value is top-notch. If you haven’t been to La Mirada (or it has been a FEW years as in my case), do yourself a favor and see some big shows done right. While I applaud the efforts of smaller theatres, even I am capable of forgetting what a great night of theatre can be with a bit of a budget behind it. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #49 presented by OCR : Dreamgirls @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

March 25 – April 17
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Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls features the unforgettable hits: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.”  Taken from the Website    PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont

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Fame: The Musical @ Mysterium Theater – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Fame is the hit movie from the 1980s, featuring teenagers dancing in the streets of New York City to the proclamation of “Fame! I’m gonna live forever/I’m gonna learn how to fly (high!)”–these lyrics have since become an indelible part of pop culture. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. It spawned two television series – a reality show competition –and even a film remake in 2009. Most importantly, Fame: The Musical made its stage debut in 1988 and has been performed around the world at all levels ever since. Continue Reading

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Bodice Ripper @ Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s hard to do comedy, especially when they’re straight comedies. It’s also a type that’s lacking in Orange County Theatre, which isn’t to say it isn’t attempted.  There are a few successful improvisational comedy groups in the OC and every once in a while a show will come around that does the genre justice.  Using what I would describe as an awkward comedic plot structure, El Camino Real’s “Bodice Ripper” takes you on a weird roller coaster ride full of cheesy nonsensical dialogue, cleverly awkward situations and yes, it even makes you think (a little). Continue Reading

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Fame : The Musical “Fame” Performed By The Mysterium Theater – Video

Fame – the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 hit musical film Fame which starred Irene Cara and featured the famous title song. The show had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before it transferred to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived and developed by David de Silva, who was one of the original producers of the film. After the film’s success, a television series was mounted and it ran for six seasons. The musical was developed away from the film and TV adaptations, and although there are similarities, their scripts and book are fundamentally different. The score for the musical was completely re-written and the title track only included as an addition. This talented and energetic cast brings new life into the story set in the 1980’s high school of the performing arts. Taken from the Youtube page

March 17 – April 10 2016

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