Photo Flash: Broadway Hopeful EMPIRE at La Mirada Theatre
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & MC Coy Rigby Entertainment presents their third show of their 2015-2016 season, the pre-Broadway engagement of EMPIRE, book, music & lyrics by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, musical direction by Sariva Goetz, and directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominated Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show, below!
EMPIRE opened on Saturday, January 23 and runs through Sunday, February 14, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.
EMPIRE is an original musical about the dreamers and doers who bravely embodied the American spirit during the dark days of the Great Depression by building 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. EMPIRE is a celebration of the American spirit with big dance numbers, pop-driven melodies, and captivating spectacle. EMPIRE puts a contemporary spin on the classic romantic musicals of the '40s and '50s!
The Cast for EMPIRE features (in alphabetical order): Michael Baxter, Chassey Bennett, Tommy Bracco, Ricky Bulda, Juan Caballer, Caitlyn Calfas, Kevin Earley, Fatima El-Bashir, Tory Freeth, Stephanie Gibson, Joe Hart, Charlotte Maltby, Tony Sheldon, Michael McCormick, Katharine McDonough, Gabriel Navarro, Rachel Osting, Caleb Shaw, Cooper Stanton, Michael Starr, Christine Tucker, Rodrigo Varandas, Josh Walden and Justin Michael Wilcox.
The Design Team for EMPIRE is as follows: Scenic and Projection Design by Tony Award winner David Gallo; Lighting Design by Jared Sayeg; Sound Design by Phil Allen; Costume Design by Leon Wiebers; Orchestrations by Tony Award winner Michael Starobin; Flying Sequences Choreographed by Paul Rubin; Co- Projection Design by Brad Peterson; Hair/Make-Up/Wig Design by Rick Geyer; and Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is Jill Gold.
Performances are 7:30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. There will be no matinee performance on Saturday, January 23. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, January 27 and Wednesday, February 10.
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. Student, Senior, Child and group discounts are available.
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.
Caleb Shaw and Katharine McDonough
Kevin Earley (center) and the company