Is Chicago’s Hamilton Coming to LA?


Chris De’Sean Lee, José Ramos, Wallace Smith, and Miguel Cervantes (Joan Marcus)

It has been revealed on Playbill that the Chicago production of Hamilton will be coming to a close after a 3-year run at the CIBC Theatre. Final performance is scheduled for January 5, 2020.

When the Pantages Theatre announced their 2019-2020 Broadway Season earlier in the year, they showed us that Hamilton will be returning to the Pantages in March 2020. Will this Chicago company/production be coming to Los Angeles? I did tweet at them today. Still waiting for a reply. I might just be onto something.

I haven’t seen the Chicago production of Hamilton. I haven’t even been to Chicago. But from what I read on Twitter and Instagram from people who have seen it, some say that it is the greatest version of Hamilton that they have ever seen.

Gotta Dance!

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a great Easter weekend. I spent my Easter Sunday seeing a production of Singin’ in the Rain by McCoy Rigby Entertainment at the La Mirada Theatre. It was my first time attending the 1,251 seat venue. Because of the smaller size, your seat is never too far away from the stage and you’ll never be seated too far to the side where you end up watching a performance at an awkward angle. There’s plenty of parking and it’s free. Just find a spot and walk.

Singin’ in the Rain at La Mirada was amazing. It follows the movie of the same name almost exactly. Having seen the movie so many times, I was able to repeat lines and lyrics in my head. There are a few minor changes. For example, Don Lockwood runs into Kathy Selden at a bus stop instead of jumping into her car. In both instances, Lockwood is running away from his adoring fans. Lina Lamont also has a scene where she sings in her high nasally voice. One song that stayed true to its namesake was the performance of Singin’ in the Rain. I’ve watched many big Broadway shows on tour. I’ve seen lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics being used on stage. But this was the first time I’ve seen water. During the number, it was pouring actual water from the ceiling. Yes, it was raining indoors. Michael Starr (Don Lockwood) really was singing and dancing in the rain. Gene Kelly would’ve been proud.

This is my third time attending the local theatre. I’ve watched one show at each venue in Cerritos, Long Beach, and La Mirada. With theatres announcing their 2019/2020 season, I intend to see more at these three places. It’s amazing what they’re able to achieve with a smaller production budget. I implore you to go see and support your local theatre. Broadway is closer than you think.

I Sold My Nikon

I’ve been thinking of switching systems for a while now. A lot of my photographer friends have traded in their DSLRs for full-frame mirrorless bodies. Many of them have switched over to Sony. Last week I sold my entire Nikon gear to my local camera store, Tuttle Cameras. I sold them my D600, battery grip, charger, flash, Tokina 24-70 2.8, 50mm 1.8, an older version of the 50mm 1.8, and a 35mm 1.8. The last item is a 35mm for cropped sensor.

I don’t go out and shoot as much as I use to. My camera only gets used once or twice throughout the year. If I do take a camera to photograph something, it tends to be a little point-and-shoot. It’s a Panasonic LX10 so it’s an advanced point-and-shoot. I still want to have an interchangeable lens camera, but I’m definitely going to go mirrorless. I don’t think I’ll go full-frame. I’m really eyeing Olympus at the moment and I’m not even looking at their more advance bodies. I’m looking at their entry-level body, the OMD EM-10 Mark III.

Musical Theatre West 2019-2020

Early in the year we got announcements for the 2019-2020 Season at the big southern California theatres. Now it’s time for the smaller local theatres and companies and it looks like Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA. (my hometown) is the first to announce their 2019-2020 season.

Welcome to the Renaissance… The season kicks off with Something Rotten in October. It’s a musical comedy set in 1595 about Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are struggling to find success in theatre. After seeing a soothsayer, they find out that musicals are the future of theatre and get working on the “first” musical. Their main antagonist is some playwright guy named William Shakespeare. You might have heard of him. I love Something Rotten. I saw it a few years ago at Segerstrom when it was on tour. It was the second show I ever saw.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to summarize the rest of the shows because I’ve never seen them. So I’ll just simply list them. I do want to check out Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn though. I streamed a little bit of it on BroadwayHD.

  • Something Rotten: October 18 – November 3, 2019
  • Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Bonus): December 6 – 15, 2019
  • Ragtime: February 7 – 23, 2020
  • Mame: March 27 – April 12, 2020
  • Treasure Island: July 10 – 26, 2020

I’m Singin’ in La Mirada

Way before I was even into the live stage musicals, there were two movie musicals that I have always been a fan of, Grease and Singin’ in the Rain.
I was introduced to it through TV. It was on one day and it was the scene where Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont were filming the first talkie for Monumental Pictures. I think it was the first time a classic movie made me laugh. Many years later after getting a job, I bought it on DVD and again when it came out on Blu-Ray.

So far I still haven’t hit up a local theatre and production yet. Looks like this is going to be my first for 2019. I’ve been to The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach where Musical Theatre West performs and I’ve been to The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, home of 3-D Theatricals. I still haven’t been to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts to see a performance by McCoy Rigby Entertainment. I personally haven’t been to La Mirada and according to Google Maps, there’s plenty of dining options before the show.

Performances of Singin’ in the Rain at La Mirada runs from April 19 to May 12. There are some gaps in their performance calendar so please go to the site for more details.