Orange County Theatre Reviews

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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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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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McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents : RENT @ La Mirada Theatre of Performing Arts in La Mirada – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

There are shows, and then there are phenomenons. RENT is a phenomenon. Now, being popular does not necessarily equate to being a good show or even being quality material.  In RENT‘s case, the two happen to coincide. The popularity is balanced with a story and a “realness” that the happy-go-lucky musical genre doesn’t always tackle. Still this “realness” does not go that far. Continue Reading

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