Tony Bennett, Todrick Hall and More Among La Mirada Theatre's 40th Anniversary Special Events Lineup
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Producing Artistic Director BT McNicholl announced today its celebratory 40th Anniversary season of truly fantastic, fabulous and phenomenal special events!
There is something for everyone to enjoy during this milestone year for the iconic theatre! 26 diverse and electrifying events in this amazing anniversary season; beginning with Tony Bennett, singing to the same piano he sang to when he opened the theatre 40 years ago; country superstar Clint Black; animal expert Jack Hanna bringing his live furry friends, singing sensation Todrick Hall; superstar comedian Rita Rudner; Classic Albums Live presenting Led Zeppelin & Pink Floyd's "The Wall," Sing-Alongs with "Mamma Mia" and "Frozen;" also, National Theatre Live screenings of London's "Angels In America" and so much more! There is so much to celebrate and experience this anniversary year at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts!
LA MIRADA'S 40th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENTS will include:
Tony Bennett in Concert
Thursday, October 12 - 8pm
$55 - $176
THE LEGEND RETURNS! 40 years after inaugurating its stage, Tony Bennett will return to La Mirada Theatre in celebration of its anniversary season! With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes nineteen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true interNational Treasure. La Mirada Theatre has fully restored the original grand piano he sang to 40 years ago to make this truly a night for the ages!
THE GOONIES - Halloween Screening
Friday, October 13 - 8pm
$7 - $10
"First, you gotta do the truffle shuffle" YES! Experience "The Goonies" on our magnificent, humongous movie screen with your fellow fans of this '80s classic. From the genius of Steven Spielberg comes the story of a group of ordinary kids who discover a secret treasure map, and soon their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride filled with heart-pounding adventure and peril. "Hey, you guuuuys!" bring the kids for a not-too-spooky Halloween event for the entire Family! "The Goonies never say die!" Rated PG.
COSTA DE ORO - FIESTA EN EL PANTEÓN
Saturday, October 14 - 2pm & 8pm
$15 - $40
Ballet Folklo?rico Costa de Oro performs a special program for Di?a de los Muertos: Fiesta en el Panteo?n, featuring over 40 dancers and musicians. Join us on a sacred journey to witness the vibrant traditional dress, dynamic footwork and experience the unforgettable sound of the live mariachi band. A traditional altar will be built in remembrance of those whom have passed. This "south of the border" performance captures the rich spirit of Dia de los Muertos.
40 YEARS - OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 22 - 12pm to 4pm
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
A celebration of our theatre with rotating performances by McCoy Rigby Entertainment CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS, PHANTOM PROJECTS, LAMIRADA SYMPHONY, HART DANCE ACADEMY and VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHOIRS - plus, at 2pm: "The Making of..." - Discover the fascinating, dramatic story of how this Theatre came to be from those who made it happen in '77! Plus BACKSTAGE TOURS - FREE refreshments and special souvenir programs!
THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Starring The Young Americans
Thursday, December 7 - Sunday, December 14
2pm & 8pm
$19 - $60
Join us as we transform La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland and bring holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages. Featuring state-of-the-art 45-foot LED walls, over 6,000 costumes and 30 festive scene changes. Creatively produced and choreographed, these 'fun for the whole family' musical numbers range from hip- hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and Christmas choral music including Handel's Messiah.
REDUCED SHAKESPEARE CO. THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Friday, December 22 at 8pm
$15 - $30
Need a laugh this Christmas? The fruitcakes of Reduced Shakespeare Company take you on an irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays. It's the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we'll believe anything! It's festive funny physical family fun as these Three Wise Guys send-up and celebrate your favorite winter holiday traditions. Let RSC rekindle the joy, inner-child and familial dysfunction inside us all!
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS
Saturday, December 23 - 2pm
$15 - $35
The wildly popular PBS show "Christmas with The Celts" comes LIVE to LaMirada after 3 years on the air! This high-stepping spirited show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively Irish Carols, spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children's choir and lush string arrangements, giving audiences a most memorable Christmas experience. "Christmas with The Celts" isn't just a concert; it's a celebration of the holiday spirit perfect for the whole family.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE:
"ANGELS IN AMERICA" - SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Sunday, January 7 - "Millennium Approaches" - 2pm
Thursday, February 15 - "Perestroika" - 7:30pm
$18 or both screenings for $25
Catch the must-see theatrical event of the year - which feels uncannily LIVE when experienced on our magnificent screen. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play is by Olivier and Tony winner Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).
AN EVENING WITH Davis Gaines
Friday, January 12 - 8pm
$15 - $35
The thrilling voice of Man of La Mancha returns! Broadway veteran Davis Gaines brings his intimate evening of song to the La Mirada stage for one performance only. The New York Post said of his Carnegie Hall debut, "a breathtaking concert artist...the way he can express great tenderness one moment, great power the next, seems little short of miraculous." L.A.'s longest-running Phantom of the Opera and also star of La Mirada's Lend Me a Tenor, Davis will sing his favorite Broadway show tunes and share experiences from his long career on Broadway and beyond. Don't miss him!
FLY ME TO THE MOON
A SWINGIN' RAT PACK VALENTINE
Wednesday, February 14 - 2pm & 8pm
$20 - $30
The perfect Valentine's "date night" special! You won't be Strangers in the Night when The Rat Pack's romantic melodies are given the swingin' treatment of the sensational trio "3 Men and a Baby... Grand!" With their smooth harmonies, each singer brings star power -- from Broadway shows to symphonic stages - with snazzy arrangements cooked up by the musical director for Liza Minnelli. Experience these hand-holding hits: "Fly Me to the Moon," "That's Amore," "Night & Day," "You're Nobody til Somebody Loves You," and "One for My Baby." So get your sweetie, grab a drink, and Come Fly with Us!
MAMMA MIA - SING-A-LONG SCREENING
Friday, February 16 - 8pm
$15 (in advance); $18 (day of performance)
Mamma Mia, here we go again! The energetic team that presented "Grease: The Sing- along Experience" is back with "Mamma Mia: The Sing-Along Experience!" with all the wonderfully silly in-movie antics you've come to expect. There is truly something magical about this movie musical that makes you want to jump out of your chair and start belting out ABBA tunes with stars Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Put together a big group of "dancin' queens", or just bring your "honey-honey." The event begins with our host leading a raucous vocal warm-up before you learn how to use the props in your Fun Pack. Come in costume. It'll be ABBA-salutely spectacular!
FROZEN- SING-A-LONG SCREENING
Saturday, February 17 - 8pm
$8 - $18 (day of performance)
"Let it go!" and sing-along to your heart's content with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf in this interactive experience! Our host begins by leading a raucous vocal warm-up before you learn how to use the props in your free Fun Pack. We'll even teach you choreography from the movie so you can channel your inner Elsa by conjuring an actual snowstorm! Once the movie starts, you can soft shoe into summer with Olaf and a theater full of fellow Disney musical devotees! And don't worry if you're a bit of a "fixer-upper!" -- our host will be there every step of the way to make sure you have an amazing experience as we race to save the kingdom from that ice cold evil villain!
QUEEN NATION & LIVE FROM EARTH
Tributes to Queen & Pat Benatar
2 Shows/1 Night - Friday, February 23 - 8pm
$10 - $40
QUEEN NATION: A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN
QUEEN NATION's live concert of Queen's greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen, paying homage to the legendary band. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation's live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as "We Will Rock You," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "You're My Best Friend," "Another One Bites The Dust," "Under Pressure," and many more.
LIVE FROM EARTH: A TRIBUTE TO Pat Benatar
LIVE FROM EARTH is Southern California's hottest tribute to Pat Benatar. Named after Benatar's 1983 live album, LFE is an explosive tribute to one of the most influential female rock vocalists of all time. LFE provides exhilarating renditions of all Pat's biggest hits including "Heartbreaker," "Love is a Battlefield," and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
Saturday, February 24 - 8pm
$20 - $100
Visually compelling, emotionally moving, and musically masterful: Batare? provides an enthralling performance that is not only seen and heard... but that is felt. A story that is captivating to all, married with an intense modernization of taiko drumming, and an orchestrally motivated approach to progressive rock leaves audiences with an emotional charge that is hard to shake. Described as a unique blend of elegant choreography and powerful music, Batare? imparts an unparalleled experience. A limited number of BEHIND THE CURTAIN tickets are available. Go backstage before the show to see the drums, take photos, and more!
THE PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA
Sunday, March 11 - 2pm
$10 - $25
We bring you the nation's #1 award-winning ensemble for this fun-time recreation of "America's Original Music," the peerless PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA. For 31 years, their recordings have delighted audiences on lm soundtracks, TV shows, and at Disneyland -- all with the original, authentic orchestrations! You'll have a lilt in your step from the joy-inducing classics of Joplin, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." A breezy, bubbly afternoon you'll treasure -- so come on and hear!
ONE FUNNY MOTHER
Written and Performed by Comedian Dena Blizzard
Friday, March 16 - 8pm
$15 - $35
"Plenty of laughs!" - New York Times
Comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, stars in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side-splitting 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena on a hilarious journey through her day as she prepares for her big "Girls Night Out." Along the way she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, "Have I gone crazy since having these kids?" The answer is a hysterical, "laugh 'til your face hurts" comedy that you won't want to miss!
THE Midtown Men
Saturday, March 17 - 2pm & 8pm
$35 - $85
FOUR STARS FROM THE ORIGINAL CAST OF
BROADWAY'S JERSEY BOYS!
They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now on their 7th national tour, THE Midtown Men are bringing their magic to La Mirada, singing their favorite "Sixties Hits" from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons and more. This sensational production reunites Four Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys. Tony Award-winner Christian Ho, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s. (Not a performance of, not affiliated with the showJersey Boys.)
INTO THE WILD LIVE!
Sunday, March 18 - 4pm
$25 - $45
America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage. In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world's most spectacular animals and share humorous stories and amazing footage from his worldwide adventures. You've seen his countless appearances on "David Letterman," "Good Morning America" and so many more - now you can enjoy Jungle Jack's infectious energy as he takes you "into the wild!" to see some of the world's most fascinating animals, LIVE!
CLEAN STAND-UP COMEDY
Wednesday, March 21 - 2pm
What's better than laughter? When 3 hysterical comics take the stage - with witty jokes that make you laugh and think at the same time - you'll be reliving the Golden Days of Comedy! A mid-week pick-me-up that you'll absolutely LOVE!
MASTERS OF ILLUSION
Friday, March 30 - 8pm
$20 - $45
Believe the impossible! The hit television series breaks out of the box and into the theatre. Experience grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers... everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible - all rolled up into a live show! And it's all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics...just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience. The entire family will be mesmerized by Masters of Illusion!
Todrick Hall LIVE!
Saturday, March 31 - 8pm
$25 - $100 ($100 is VIP Seating)
Todrick Hall is one of the most successful multi-talented entertainers today who rose to fame in the 9th season of "American Idol." His popular YouTube channel has over 2.5 million subscribers who love his elaborate music videos and choreographed ash mobs for the likes of Ariana Grande and Beyonce?. On Broadway, he starred as Lola in Kinky Boots and was in the Tony-winning hit musical Memphis.
He has also taken the stage alongside Fantasia in The Color Purple and LaMirada audiences saw him on stage last in CATS. He starred in the MTV series "Todrick" and recently completed two successful tours of "Straight Outta Oz." Experience Todrick Hall live in this high-energy production full of music and explosive choreography that will leave you wanting more.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE perform Led Zeppelin I
Friday, April 6 - 8pm
$25 - $60
Classic Albums Live has earned their reputation of performing
rock's most influential albums live on stage note for note, cut for cut. Featuring a roster of world-class musicians from across the globe, they will perform Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut studio album which shook
the world with its majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable rifts and lumbering rhythms.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE perform PINK FLOYD'S THE WALL
Saturday, April 7 - 8pm
$25 - $60
"The Wall" was Pink Floyd's eleventh studio album, released in 1979, and is regarded as one of the most famous concept albums of all time. Classic Albums Live, with its roster of world-class musicians (and a children's choir), will recreate the legendary album live on stage, note for note.
Friday. April 13 & Saturday, April 14 - 8pm
$35 - $95
Country Superstar Clint Black produced 22 #1 singles which made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era with hits like "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," and "Like the Rain."
Over 20 million records sold, he earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen Grammy nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
THE PIANO MEN
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE '70s
Friday. May 18 - 8pm
$10 - $30
Billy Joel and Elton John's timeless classics propel this fantastic musical journey through the hit-filled '70s. Award-winning Canadian recording artist Jim Witter and his incredible band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with "Your Song" and winds us along on a musical time machine, utilizing spectacular visuals on a giant screen and celebrating two of the century's most popular contemporary songwriters in an evening that's so much fun, you won't want it to end.
Saturday. May 19 - 2pm & 8pm
$35 - $85
The witty Rita Rudner, winner of an American Comedy award for Funniest Stand-Up Comedian, has crafted an acclaimed career, covering everything from Broadway shows to appearances on late-night talk shows to films and her own HBO specials. The nine-time Las Vegas Comedian of the Year has the longest running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas with over 14 years on the Vegas Strip. Known for her thought provoking one-liners and her observations on everyday life, Rudner keeps it real talking about the things that amuse her.
MARIACHI SOL DE MÉXICO
DE JÓSE HERNÀNDEZ
Saturday. June 30 - 2pm & 8pm
$25 - $85
When you listen to Mariachi Sol de Me?xico, you're not only listening to some of the finest mariachi music, you're also hearing the actual sounds of Mexican history. Bandleader Jose? Herna?ndez is the proud descendant of five generations of mariachi masters, and today he leads one of the most respected mariachi ensembles in the world. Famed for upholding the genre's traditions even as it expands the music's possibilities, Mariachi Sol de Me?xico has achieved many firsts, including being the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy and the first to perform in Beijing and Pyongyang. Their original rhythms, fresh sounds and inspiring ideas have energized the world of mariachi for over 30 years.
AND JUST ADDED!
MID-WEEK SERIES OF SPECIAL SHOWS!
"END OF THE RAINBOW,"
"FLY ME TO THE MOON" &
"CLEAN STAND-UP COMEDY"
See fantastic shows on weekday afternoons! This new affordable series offers convenient show times, captivating entertainers and options ranging from Broadway plays to Rat Pack hits to Laugh-inducing Comedians! All performances are at 2 PM, which makes for a wonderful daytime theater experience, offering something for everyone. You can't beat the price -- and you'll beat the traffic!
The 3-show package is $35, a savings of $25 of individual ticket prices.
All events will perform at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, lamiradatheatre.com or call the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Ticket prices subject to change. LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue. Parking is free.
Winner of the L.A. Stage Alliance OVATION AWARD for 2012-2013 "Best Season of the Year," LAMIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the best Broadway-style houses in Southern California." This beautiful state-of-the-Art Theatre has been producing quality productions for its Southern California audiences since 1977. The theatre has produced several national tours and is the recipient of many accolades including Ovation and Emmy Awards and Tony Award nominations. The theatre is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, California, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue. Parking is theatre-adjacent and free.