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Written by Daniella Litvak
Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547 and died in Madrid in 1616. He was a soldier, a prisoner, a poet, and a playwright. He is also credited with authoring the first modern novel —Don Quixote. Hundreds of years have passed since it was written, and the world still loves Don Quixote. The novel has spawned numerous adaptations. One of the most popular is Man of La Mancha — a Broadway musical created by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh that debuted in 1965. Continue Reading
Written by Alina Mae Wilson
If you have been longing for a bit of Disney without the Disney feel, your time has finally come. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is playing over at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Based more closely on the plot from Victor Hugo’s markedly more sinister novel, this tale of the famed bell-ringer incorporates music from the 1996 Disney film to create a mesh of political intrigue and romance that promises to capture the spirit of the movie and pain from the novel but does not fully deliver on either front. Continue Reading
AMB Theatre Podcast #52 presented by OCR : American Idiot @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts– Podcast
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The groundbreaking Broadway musical! Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. this high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown. Taken from the website
April 29 – May 15, 2016
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.
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
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