SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

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LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
& McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT
THE FOURTH SHOW OF ITS 2018-2019 SEASON!
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Screenplay by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
Songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED
Musical Direction by KEITH HARRISION
Directed and Choreographed by SPENCER LIFF
THAT GLORIOUS FEELING BEGINS FRIDAY, APRIL 19
AT LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS!

The Tap-Happiest Show Ever!
GOOD MORNING TO YOU! LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary at the theatre) are thrilled to present SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, based on the greatest movie musical of all time with screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. The fresh new production will be directed & choreographed by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for TV's “So You Think You Can Dance” and Broadway's Head Over Heels, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Falsettos), associate director is Cynthia Ferrer (original “Kathy Selden” in the first National Tour of Singin' in the Rain) with musical direction by Keith Harrison. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will preview on Friday, April 19, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 12, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

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 showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Knock-‘em-dead danceroutines, 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! (more)

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

SPENCER LIFF (Director/Choreographer) Broadway: Head Over Heels, Falsettos, Spring Awakening (Deaf West revival), Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He's best known for his work on the past 9 seasons of FOX's “So You Think You Can Dance,” which have earned him 2 Emmy Award nominations for Best Choreography. Other TV: “Dancing with the Stars,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “One Day at A Time,” (Netflix), “Parks and Recreation,” “Mike and Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Alexa & Katie,” (Netflix), “The Latin Grammy Awards,” “The Emmy Awards,” and “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (NBC producer / choreographer) Film: Speech and Debate. Other regional theater includes Little Shop of Horrors (The Kennedy Center), Spring Awakening (The Wallis Annenberg/Ovation Award Winner, Best Choreography), The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street Theater), Aladdin (Laguna Playhouse Director/Choreo), Sleepless in Seattle the musical (Pasadena Playhouse), Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Oliver! (Human Race Theatre) World of Color (Disneyland). As a performer he's been seen on Film, TV, and Broadway winning the 2008 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.

KEITH HARRISON (Musical Director) is a writer-composer-performer whose credits
include: Off-Broadway: One Day, Emojiland (NYMF). Regional: The Boys From Syracuse
(Drury Lane Oakbrook, Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo), Romy & Michele's High School Reunion The Musical (Seattle 5th Avenue), Carousel (Long Wharf), Lythgoe Family Pantos (Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse), Falling For Make Believe (Colony). TV/Film: “American Idol,” “Grace & Frankie,” “American Horror Story,” “The Politician,” “Claws,” “Westside,” “9-1-1,” “Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Radio Disney Music Awards,” “Access Hollywood Live,” UglyDolls; Concert: Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center (with Jenifer Lewis), Celebrity Cruises, An Evening with Jason Alexander (Baltimore, Atlanta, Louisville, Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras). Commercial: Allstate, Toyota, McDonald's, Big Lots, STARS Nashville (Emmy Award Nomination).

The Cast of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will feature Michael Starr as “Don Lockwood,” Kimberly Immanuel as “Kathy Selden,” Brandon Burks as “Cosmo Brown,” Sara King as “Lina Lamont,” Jamie Torcellini as “Roscoe Dexter,” Peter Van Norden as “R.F. Simpson,” Kelley Dorney as “Dora Bailey” and Candace J. Washington as “Zelda Zanders.” The Ensemble will feature: Ethan Daniel Corbett, Justin Charles Cowden, Maggie Darago, Chaz Feuerstine, Veronica Gutierrez, Grant Hodges, Adam Lendermon, Bruce Merkle, Tayler Mettra, Shanon Mari Mills, Theresa Murray, Cheyenne Omani, Clarice Ordaz, Samuel Shea, DJ Smith, Rodrigo Varandas and Breanne Wilson.

The Design Team for SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is as follows: Scenic Design by John
Iacovelli; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Julie Ferrin; Projection
Design by David Murakami; Costume Design by Shon LeBlanc; Hair/Wig/Makeup Design
by EB Bohks; Properties Design by Kevin Williams. The Casting Director is Julia Flores
and the Production Stage Manager is Jill Gold.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will preview on Friday, April 19, 2019 (with a press opening on
Saturday, April 20 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 12, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre
for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Performances are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at
2:00pm & 8:00pm & Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be no performance on Saturday, April
20 at 2pm.

There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, May 4 at 2pm and an ASLinterpreted performance on Saturday, May 11 at 2pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 8.

Tickets range from $20 - $94 (prices subject to change) 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 and group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets available for the first 15
performances of the production. 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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"With the aid of brilliant technical minds, La Mirada Theatre provides the audience with an abundance of “glorious feelings” throughout the show, and also makes it rain on stage during the signature number as well as an encore. But it’s the core of the cast that precipitates the show's success."

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


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"The ensemble cast does an excellent job of keeping the action moving, the songs flowing, and the dance thriving – with kudos to Brandon Burks and Sara King for their very special talents. It's impossible not to join in the fun – and maybe even dance in the rain, given Southern California's recent weather. This is a not-to-be-missed production."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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"Honestly, this production surpasses the original Broadway show (these words have never been uttered by me previously in any context); he has shaped a dazzling Broadway salute to a film classic which now belongs on a theatre stage on its own merits. It's taken another thirty years, but it's finally here!"

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"I loved every moment of this wonderful production.  It is very deserving of being HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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"A cheery, sometimes goofy, sometimes endearing, but wholly satisfying revival filled with outstanding performances and presented with an overall entertaining gusto, La Mirada's "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN" is a laudable triumph of nostalgia and renewed excitement for those good, old-fashioned musicals. Go ahead… fall in love with that glorious feeling all over again."

sweet - Michael L. Quintos - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


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"At La Mirada, “Don Lockwood” is performed by Michael Starr, a wonderful singer and dancer that delivers the main song of the show – “Singin' in the Rain” – fantastically. He is helped by an amazing stage, on which it rains torrents and where the actor ends up looking like he really danced under a storm. This scene alone makes making the outing worth your time... These four principal artists are supported by another twenty actors, dancers, and singers, each of them uber talented. Add to that a flawless 14-piece orchestra, and do not doubt that you are in for an outstanding show."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


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"The success of a show is determined by the audience reaction to the production, and many moments bring extended applause and gasps of pleasure as fancy footwork is exhibited and all the elements of the original movie come to life... It's clear that Singin' in the Rain continues to be a welcome revival with its familiar music and cheerful romantic storyline."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


Leo Buck
"More a knowing ‘homage' to the 1952 cinematic mega-hit than an outright ‘reproduction' of it, Director-Choreographer Spencer Liff references just enough of the film, while re-envisioning other parts to keep this fresh–and in a few places, even nicely surprising! These ‘April Showers' bring a torrent of unparalleled entertainment!"

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


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"I not only thoroughly enjoyed this almost two hour, 40 minute two-acter, but fell in love with this entrancing, enchanting live stage version of a classic movie. We live in dark days that can get downright depressing, and during periods like ours theatre can serve several functions, such as plumbing the depths of the human condition and exploring society's ills. But works such as Rain take another tack, illumining the innate goodness of people and instilling a sense of sheer exuberance in joie de vivre: The act - and art - of the joy of living."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Whether you're seeing Singin' In The Rain live on stage for the first time or taking your umpteenth trip down Hollywood memory lane, Spencer Liff's tribute to the MGM movie classic is as sensational as big-stage revivals get."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"Ably handling the Lockwood role is Michael Starr, a rising talent who's been popping up everywhere, including Reprise's “The World Goes ‘Round” and La Mirada's “1776.” As Selden, Kimberly Immanuel contributes a winning soprano and a fun-loving spirit. Sara King, playing Lamont, keeps the audience giggling with her piercing voice (“and I caaan't stan 'im”) but also makes clear that she's no dim-bulb pushover. Portraying Brown, Brandon Burks handles the jokey face-making, pose-striking duties well, and ever-reliable Peter Van Norden amiably smooths the sharp edges of studio chief R.F. Simpson. A 16-musician orchestra is led by Keith Harrison."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"With the aid of brilliant technical minds, La Mirada Theatre provides the audience with an abundance of “glorious feelings” throughout the show, and also makes it rain on stage during the signature number as well as an encore. But it’s the core of the cast that precipitates the show's success."

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


Avatar
"The ensemble cast does an excellent job of keeping the action moving, the songs flowing, and the dance thriving – with kudos to Brandon Burks and Sara King for their very special talents. It's impossible not to join in the fun – and maybe even dance in the rain, given Southern California's recent weather. This is a not-to-be-missed production."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Avatar
"Honestly, this production surpasses the original Broadway show (these words have never been uttered by me previously in any context); he has shaped a dazzling Broadway salute to a film classic which now belongs on a theatre stage on its own merits. It's taken another thirty years, but it's finally here!"

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"I loved every moment of this wonderful production.  It is very deserving of being HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Avatar
"A cheery, sometimes goofy, sometimes endearing, but wholly satisfying revival filled with outstanding performances and presented with an overall entertaining gusto, La Mirada's "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN" is a laudable triumph of nostalgia and renewed excitement for those good, old-fashioned musicals. Go ahead… fall in love with that glorious feeling all over again."

sweet - Michael L. Quintos - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Avatar
"At La Mirada, “Don Lockwood” is performed by Michael Starr, a wonderful singer and dancer that delivers the main song of the show – “Singin' in the Rain” – fantastically. He is helped by an amazing stage, on which it rains torrents and where the actor ends up looking like he really danced under a storm. This scene alone makes making the outing worth your time... These four principal artists are supported by another twenty actors, dancers, and singers, each of them uber talented. Add to that a flawless 14-piece orchestra, and do not doubt that you are in for an outstanding show."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


Avatar
"The success of a show is determined by the audience reaction to the production, and many moments bring extended applause and gasps of pleasure as fancy footwork is exhibited and all the elements of the original movie come to life... It's clear that Singin' in the Rain continues to be a welcome revival with its familiar music and cheerful romantic storyline."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


Leo Buck
"More a knowing ‘homage' to the 1952 cinematic mega-hit than an outright ‘reproduction' of it, Director-Choreographer Spencer Liff references just enough of the film, while re-envisioning other parts to keep this fresh–and in a few places, even nicely surprising! These ‘April Showers' bring a torrent of unparalleled entertainment!"

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


Avatar
"I not only thoroughly enjoyed this almost two hour, 40 minute two-acter, but fell in love with this entrancing, enchanting live stage version of a classic movie. We live in dark days that can get downright depressing, and during periods like ours theatre can serve several functions, such as plumbing the depths of the human condition and exploring society's ills. But works such as Rain take another tack, illumining the innate goodness of people and instilling a sense of sheer exuberance in joie de vivre: The act - and art - of the joy of living."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Whether you're seeing Singin' In The Rain live on stage for the first time or taking your umpteenth trip down Hollywood memory lane, Spencer Liff's tribute to the MGM movie classic is as sensational as big-stage revivals get."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar
"Ably handling the Lockwood role is Michael Starr, a rising talent who's been popping up everywhere, including Reprise's “The World Goes ‘Round” and La Mirada's “1776.” As Selden, Kimberly Immanuel contributes a winning soprano and a fun-loving spirit. Sara King, playing Lamont, keeps the audience giggling with her piercing voice (“and I caaan't stan 'im”) but also makes clear that she's no dim-bulb pushover. Portraying Brown, Brandon Burks handles the jokey face-making, pose-striking duties well, and ever-reliable Peter Van Norden amiably smooths the sharp edges of studio chief R.F. Simpson. A 16-musician orchestra is led by Keith Harrison."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review