La Mirada & McCoy Rigby Announce 41st Season, Leslie Uggams in STORMY WEATHER, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, and More

La Mirada & McCoy Rigby Announce 41st Season, Leslie Uggams in STORMY WEATHER, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, and More

Tony-nominated LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCoy Rigby Entertainment are thrilled to announce its 41st season of shows. We start the season rockin' with A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin, with Broadway's original "Janis" re-creating her Tony-nominated role as the legendary singer; followed by the incomparable Leslie Uggams starring as the ground-breaking Lena Horne in STORMY WEATHER; then, be in the room where it actually happens as our great country gets founded in 1776; next, experience that 'glorious' feeling all over again with one of the greatest musicals of all time SINGIN' IN THE RAIN from Emmy-nominated "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Spencer Liff; and our season finale triumphs with the family favorite, the 'tale as old as time,' Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! This extraordinary season also includes the bonus options of the dynamic duo of DONNY & MARIE, and one of the greatest showmen to ever command the stage, Paul Anka. LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCoy Rigby Entertainment is the place to be as for our most rockin' and rollin', singin' and dancin' greatest season of shows ever! Our Southern California subscribers and audiences are going to experience it all this coming year at

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts!

The 2018/2019 Season will feature:

Starring the ORIGINAL Broadway "Janis" -- Mary Bridget Davies --

in her TONY Award-nominated performance!

A NIGHT WITH

Janis Joplin

September 14 - October 7, 2018 (Press Opening September 15)

Choreography by Patti Wilcox

Written and Directed by Randy Johnson

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime" plus a remarkable cast headed by the show's original Broadway star, Mary Bridget Davies, A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences-icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll's greatest legends.

Leslie Uggams

stars as "Lena Horne" in

STORMY WEATHER

October 19 - November 11, 2018 (Press Opening October 20)

Conceived & Written by Sharleen Cooper Cohen

Directed by Sheldon Epps

Tony & Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams stars as the legendary "Lena Horne" in this fascinating new bio-musical featuring sensational hits such as "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stardust" and "How Deep is the Ocean." With glamour, grace and an inner fire that blazed a trail for generations, the powerful Lena Horne never failed to amaze. Taking both Hollywood and the music industry by storm, her voice resonated throughout the decades, not only through her incredible vocal talent but also through her determination to fight for what she believed. This sensational musical extravaganza takes us on the sometimes stormy, always extraordinary journey of an American icon.

BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!

1776

January 11 - February 3, 2019 (Press Opening January 12)

Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards

Book by Peter Stone

Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards

Original Production Directed by Peter Hunt
Originally Produced on the Broadway Stage by Stuart Ostrow

Direction and Musical Staging by Glenn Casale

Before Hamilton, there was 1776, the electrifying musical about the founding of America. Featuring a diverse contemporary cast, this Tony Award-winning smash begins with a deadlocked Congress - sound familiar? Its attempts to adopt the Declaration of Independence are boiling over in heated confrontations. Spoiler alert: by the evening of July 3rd, the two sides are still miles apart! But remarkably, these contentious Founding Fathers harness their shared determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. See how they get it done!

Engaging, tuneful, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical shows us the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as we've never seen them before --- with humor and humanity. Irreverent and topical, 1776 is the musical that celebrates what truly made America great... in the first place.

WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING!

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

April 19 - May 12, 2019 (Press Opening April 20)

Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

Directed and Choreographed by Spencer Liff

Gotta dance! The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" has been faithfully adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm!

Knock-'em-dead dance routines, hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the Golden Age of movie musicals. What a glorious feeling!

FALL IN LOVE AGAIN WITH THE FAMILY FAVORITE...

DISNEY'S

BEAUTY AND

THE BEAST

May 31- June 23, 2019 (Press Opening June 1)

Book by LINDA WOLVERTON

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

Choreography by Robbie Roby

Directed by Michael Heintzman

Be our guest! Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that continues to amaze and delight with its captivating story of soaring romance, bright humor and thrilling adventure.

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of composer Alan Menken's (The Little Mermaidand Newsies) memorable songs from the film, plus delightful new ones. Nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, it's a tale as old as time... given a fresh, inventive, lively new production you won't want to miss!

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

DONNY & MARIE

July 25 & 26, 2018 at 7:30pm

America's beloved sibling entertainers will bring their beloved show to La Mirada Theatre this summer! Donny and Marie mix the spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career in a dynamic stage show showcasing fan favorites including "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n Roll," "Paper Roses," "Puppy Love" and "It Takes Two."

In addition to doing concerts in America and around the world, Donny and Marie continue an extraordinary run at the legendary Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. They were named Best Show by the Las Vegas Review Journal for three years in a row. Entertainment Weekly raved that their live performance is "INSANELY ENTERTAINING. A song and dance spectacular." With their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny & Marie feature hits from their illustrious careers, all mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars.

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

Paul Anka

November 16 & 17, 2018 at 8pm

See him LIVE onstage! The legendary singer/songwriter and one of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s, continues to be an ever-popular performer with a career spanning over sixty years. With well over 500 songs to his credit, Paul Anka has cemented his place as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation. Mr. Anka's countless classics include "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Diana,"" My Way" and the famous theme from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." He is the only artist in history to have a song in the Billboard Top 100 in seven consecutive decades. Join us for an unforgettable evening with the one and only Paul Anka.

Subscriptions to this extraordinary season are now available by calling the Box Office at 562-944-9801. Subscription prices range from $42.50 - $301.50. Single tickets will go on sale July 16, 2018 (with the exception of DONNY & MARIE which is now on sale) and will be available by calling the Box Office at 562-944-9801 or 714-994-6310 or online at www.lamiradatheatre.com.

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.

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