Rock, comedy and Broadway: La Mirada Theatre releases 2018-19 schedule
LA MIRADA — La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced its 2018-19 calendar of special events, packed with performances by Paul Anka, Lee Ann Womack, the Blues Brothers, and more.
Below is the full schedule, which kicks off next month.
Lee Ann Womack
Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
Lee Ann Womack was born August 19, 1966 in Jacksonville, Texas. Her debut album, Lee Ann Womack, was released in 1997. The next year she was back in the spotlight with Some Things I Know. Her next effort, I Hope You Dance (2000), became her biggest success so far. Something Worth Leaving Behind (2002) was less successful. In 2005 she came back victorious with a return to traditional country music.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 pm
‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the hits such as ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and many more.
Nov. 16-17, 8 pm
One of the biggest classic pop performers, Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka moved from teen heartthrob to adult artist with a slew of hits. "Diana" sold millions of copies and set him up as a top teen idol with prolific songwriting abilities. He then appeared in several films, headlined a Vegas act, hosted TV variety shows and wrote hits for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. He rose to the top of the charts again with the 1974 duet "You're Having My Baby."
In this show, Anka honors Frank Sinatra by performing all his hits.
A Carpenters Christmas
Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 pm
Based on The Carpenters’ beloved holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, “A Carpenters Christmas” features “Merry Christmas, Darling,” the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and all the hits.
Lisa Rock and her six-piece band keep The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive.
The Ten Tenors
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 pm
Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera The Ten Tenors as they amaze and enthral with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favourites. With soaring versions of Joy to the World, White Christmas, Amazing Grace, Winter Wonderland, Feliz Navidad and more.
The Young Americans
The Young Americans transform the La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland, bringing holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages.
Featuring a cast of 250, the theater comes to life with 45-ft. digital screens, over 6,000 costumes, 30 festive scene changes, and even snow. There are also dancing Santas, toe-tapping penguins, The Nutcracker Suite, and your favorite Christmas songs.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
The beloved holiday classic comes to life in the acclaimed production from Santa Barbara’s State STreet Ballet. The majestic sounds of Tchaikovsky’s legendary score are matched by colorful sets and costumes.
Join young Clara on a magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince, as she travels through the Land of the Snowflakes to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets.
Back to the 80s Weekend: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
Friday, Feb. 8, 8 pm
One of the greatest synth electro-pop bands of all time, Berlin made its first national impression with the provocative single “Sex (I’m A…)” from the gold-selling debut EP “Pleasure Victim” in 1982.
Berlin topped the charts in 1986 with the single “Take My Breath Away,” the love theme from the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun.”
The Princess Bride Quote-Along
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 pm
A special screening of one of the most beloved romantic comedy adventures of all time. It’s an interactive experience with the beautiful Buttercup and “as you wish” Westley as they face kidnapping, sword duels, R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size) and more.
Costumes are encouraged for this quote-along screening, which comes with a fun pack of props and pre-show excitement including costume contests, trivia, and recitations of “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 pm
The epic journey continues for “Moana” fans with Disney’s sing-along version of the hit comedy adventure. With all the lyrics on screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of other delighted, enthusiastic fans.
Free goodie bags are included, and come dressed up for a costume contest.
O Sole Trio - From Pavarotti to Pop
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 pm
Songs made famous by legendary singers Enrico Caruso, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis and Andrea Bocelli are given new life by combining virtuosic musical feats with the engaging program of well-known classics. It’s fast-paced, funny and touching, with two stellar voices and one commanding accompanist.
Enjoy an afternoon performance that takes you on a musical journey, revealing how Italian Americans influenced popular music throughout the decades. From humorous storytelling to their innovative and unique arrangements, this trio of artists is incredible fun and a true tour de force.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 pm
A Valentine’s Day date night special. This hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling book.
Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Sexy and fast-paced, the show is definitely for adults.
The Choir of Man
Friday, Feb. 15, 8 pm
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour. Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show”, The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of part party, part concert, with foot-stomping choreography, high-energy dance, and live percussion.
The cast of nine men sings everything from pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock.
Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 pm
This long-running Broadway smash features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.
“Tango is passionate, it’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent,” says creator Luis Bravo. “More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life.”
Friday, Feb. 22, 8 pm
Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass, collectively known as The Clairvoyants, were 2016 finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” chosen from more than 100,000 contestants.
They first leapt to fame when they were offered a featured spot in “The Illusionists,” the largest touring magic show in the world, which took them to Australia, Mexico and the Middle East. Since then, they’ve lit up Broadway, were awarded the “German Champions of Mentalism,” and “Magicians of the Year.”
The Magic Theatre
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 pm and 9 pm
Five of the top magicians in the world -- all of whom have triumphed at the unparalleled Magic Castle -- will transform the La Mirada Theatre into the Magic Theatre for one night only.
Every space will become a private room featuring close-up magic, including lobbies, backstage, onstage, and even the bar.
Never attempted anywhere else, this night out will have only two showings limited to just 125 patrons each.
Mystic India: The World Tour
Sunday, March 10, 3 pm
The internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular is inspired by ancient India’s transition into modern India.
Lavishly produced and featuring renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, aerialists and acrobats, and over 750 opulent costumes, the show is a fusion of dance, theater, and special effects.
Corazon de Mana - A Tribute to Mana
Friday, March 15, 8 pm
Corazon de Mana is a tribute comprised of five fans of the beloved Mexican rock band Mana. It’s a celebration of all their hits, including “El Verdadero Amor Perdona,” “Oye Mi Amor,” “Labios Compartidos,” “Como Te Deseo” and the breakout smash, “Rayando El Sol.”
Saturday, March 16, 8 pm
Paul Reiser, known for co-creating and starring in the hit sitcom “Mad About You,” brings a comic view to his tales of love, life and the funny things about relationships.
A seasoned actor, writer, stand-up comedian and musician, Reiser has spent the last 30-plus years acting in Oscar and Emmy Award winning movies and TV shows, most recently Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
Along with roles in the hit films “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Diner,” “and “Aliens,” he’s written two No. 1 best-selling books: “Couplehood” and “Babyhood,” the latter featuring his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, March 17, 2 pm
With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present band was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently ever since.
Turn the Page: Tributes to Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Friday, March 22, 8 pm
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band provided the soundtrack to a generation. With 10 consecutive platinum albums between 1975 and 1995, the library of Seger’s beloved hits is nearly endless.
Blue Brothers Revue
Saturday, March 23, 8 pm
There are many imitators, but there is only one duo in North America sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues.
Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers.
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm and 7 pm
Free (must reserve online at lamiradatheatre.com)
Fans of the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” can let their collective voices ring out in this singalong, using tracks prepared by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
In addition to singing along from your seat, you can sing up to be one of the singers who leads songs from the stage. To be considered, visit LaMiradaTheatre.com. Singers are chosen at random and informed in advance. Costumes are encouraged.
Classic Albums Live: Damn the Torpedoes
Saturday, April 6, 8 pm
Classic Albums Live performs rock’s most influential albums live on stage. Featuring a roster of world class musicians, they will perform Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1979 album, “Damn the Torpedoes” in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits.
Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
Saturday, April 13, 8 pm
Angela Ingersoll celebrates American icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Ingersoll won acclaim for her portrayal of Garland in the hit production of “End of the Rainbow” last season.
In this live concert, Ingersoll captures Garland’s emotional and vocal power, and crafts stories with a naturally winning humor. Songs include the signature classics “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “The Man That Got Away.”
Saturday, May 18, 1 pm
Slapstick Sillies is a series of wild comedy shows, appropriate for all audiences. Highlights include live, composed-on-the-spot musical scores by pianist/historian Ben Model and a performance of Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock.”
An Evening with James Barbour
Saturday, May 18, 8 pm
Fresh from his Broadway run as “The Phantom of the Opera,” James Barbour takes the audience on a song-filled journey of show tune classics and pop hits that highlight his award-winning performance style.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Friday, May 24, 8 pm
Showcasing a European sensibility glossed with American ebullience, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s unique brand of contemporary ballet have fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West. Entering its third decade, the company maintains its focus on commissioned works and compelling, innovative dance.
Randal Keith in The Music of Robert Goulet
Wednesday, June 26, 2 pm
With movie star good lucks and one of the most beautiful baritone voices of all time, Robert Goulet’s rise to fame was instantaneous with his Broadway debut in “Camelot.” Soon, he was starring in films and on television and producing award-winning albums.
Kenny Metcalf as Elton: The Early Years
Saturday, June 29, 8 pm
Kenny Metcalf is a superstar performer -- and a La Mirada native. His show was featured twice on “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” launching him as a national touring act. It’s an on-your-feet night of nostalgia, with all of Elton’s hits of the 70s and 80s, compete with all the glam and bling.
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Sunday, June 30, 2 pm
This program offers a stirring look at George Cohan’s life and music, including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “H-a-rr-i-gan,” “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and all his other hits. As a special treat, Cohan’s great-granddaughter will be in attendance for a rare talk-back.
All events are the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased online at LaMiradaTheatre.com or by calling the box office at (562) 944-9801.