Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre

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La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fourth production in its 2013-1014 season of shows with one of the most popular musical events of all-time, the Tony award-winning, CATS, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot, with musical direction by John Glaudini and directed and choreographed by Dana Solimando. CATS will feature Kelly Provart as Grizabella and Todrick Hall (whose hilarious YOUTUBE video parodies have been seen by millions of viewers) as Rum Tum Tugger. CATS opened on Saturday, April 19, and runs through Sunday, May 11, 2014 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years.CATS' London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Winter Garden Theatre for just over 18 years.

CATS features: Kelly Provart as Grizabella, Todrick Hall as Rum Tum Tugger, Dane Wagner as Mr. Mistoffelees, Clent Bowers as Old Deuteronomy, Karl Warden as Munkustrap and will also feature: Madison Mitchell, Chryssie Whitehead, Neil Dale, Nina Schreckengost, Colette Peters, Derek Lewis, Lauren Decierdo, Daniel Dawson, Brian Steven Shaw, Jamie Joseph, Steven Agdeppa, Melvin Ramsey,Hannah Simmons, Autumn Crockett, Jenna Wright, Jake Dupree and Tiffany Reid.

The design team for CATS is as follows: The Lighting Design is by Jean Yves Tessier. The Sound Design is by Josh Bessom. The Costume Design is by Christine Bogle. The Props Coordinator is Terry Hanrahan. Billy Johnstone will serve as Associate Director/Choreographer. The Casting is by Julia Flores. The Production Stage Manager is Jill Gold.

Performances will be 7:30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. (with two added Sunday evening performances; May 4 and May 11 at 7:00pm). There will be no matinee performance on Saturday, April 19. Talkbacks with the actors will be on Wednesday, April 23 and Wednesday, May 7. Tickets range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310.

Photo Credit: Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging

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Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
The cast of CATS takes their bows on opening night

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
The cast of CATS takes their bows on opening night

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
The cast of CATS takes their bows on opening night

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
The cast of CATS takes their bows on opening night

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
The cast and crew pose during the party for the opening night performance of CATS

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Todd Heugheus and Carson Twitchell

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Austin MacPhee, Chris Meissner, Isabella Bolognini and Katheryne Penny

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Jeff Maynard and Jamison Lingle

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Jaebbel Arce and cast member Kelli Provart

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Melanie Mitchell and cast member Madison Mitchell

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Sammy Gayer, Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando, Bryndal Braithwaith and Julia Masseui

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast members Kelli Provart and Todrick Hall

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast members Jake Dupree and Steven Agdeppa

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast members Daniel Dawson, Madison Mitchell and Jamie Joseph

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast member Hannah Jean Simmons and Jaebbel Arce

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast members Chryssie Whitehead and Lauren Decierdo

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando and cast member Jamie Joseph

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Brian Kite, Producing Artistic Director, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Producer Tom McCoy

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
James C. Mulligan and cast member Todrick Hall

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Chester Lockhart, Harvey Guillen, cast member Todrick Hall and Cassandra Murphy

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Producer Kathy Rigby and cast member Todrick Hall

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast member Todrick Hall and Producer Tom McCoy

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast member Jamie Joseph, Jaebbel Arce and cast members Jenna Wright and Dane Wagner

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast member Brian Steven Shaw, Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando and cast member Daniel Dawson

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Cast members Nina Schreckengost, Brian Steven Shaw, Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando and cast member Lauren Decierdo

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Ashley Matthews, Producer Tom McCoy and Producer Kathy Rigby

Photo Flash: CATS Celebrates Opening at La Mirada Theatre
Director/Choreographer Dana Solimando and cast member Todrick Hall

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