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The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

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

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AMB Theatre Podcast #52 presented by OCR : American Idiot @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts– Podcast


(photo courtesy: NICK AGRO)

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

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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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AMB Theatre Podcast #44 presented by OCR : Empire The Musical @ La Mirada Theatre- Podcast

Empire is an original musical about those who bravely embodied the American spirit during the dark days of the Great Depression by building what was then the tallest structure in the world, the Empire State Building. When the roaring 20’s collapsed into the reeling 30’s, these industrialists, laborers and their families mortgaged all that was safe and reasonable for the dream of leaving their mark on New York City and the world. Taken from the website 

Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, 2016

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Empire State of Mind : EMPIRE The Musical @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts – Review

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

–Henry David Thoreau

Written by Daniella Litvak 

The stock market crashed, and with it came high unemployment rates and uncertain futures for people all over the world. Despite how depressing (yes, dreadful pun intended) this all was, people refused to give up on themselves. They were going to make their dreams come true. For many New Yorkers at the time, that meant having to construct the world’s tallest building.

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Caleb Shaw and Katharine McDonough are featured in the musical “EMPIRE” – directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Photo Courtesy : MICHAEL LAMONT

While the people building the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street are also competing in “the race to the sky,” Empire The Musical (“Empire”) is rooting for the all-star team former New York Governor Al Smith and John Raskob have assembled to raise the one hundred story Al Smith Building. First, there is Frankie Petersen. She is Smith’s right hand man, so she solves all the problems. Mike Shaw is the project’s brilliant, young architect. Rounding out the team is the ensemble of construction workers who are going to build the skyscraper. Included among them are crew leader Ethan O’Dowd and newbies Bill Johnson and Bucky. Continue Reading

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