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.

Aladdin’s OC Debut

Last night I went to go watch Aladdin at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This was show number four in Segerstrom’s 2018-2019 Broadway Season and my second time watching it. I saw it last year while it was at the Pantages.

There was a change in the main cast compared to the Los Angeles stop. Clinton Greenspan, who was in the ensemble last year, is now Aladdin. Lissa deGuzman, formerly a swing, is Jasmine. In LA, we got the original Broadway Aladdin and Jasmine, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed. Greenspan and deGuzman’s performance were just as amazing. I loved it and enjoyed just as much as the first.

Speaking of firsts, this was the first time I saw a show that experienced technical difficulties. A backdrop being raised got stuck about 1/8th of the way up. An announcement was made over the speaker that the show was experiencing technical difficulties and the audience cheered. I saw a few phones getting pulled out. There’s probably pictures of it on Instagram.

Go see the show while you still can. It runs through March 23. Buy your tickets at scfta.org.

CTGLA 2019-2020

Center Theatre Group (CTGLA) has finally revealed their 2019-2020 Season lineup for the Ahmanson Theatre. If you want to see John Leguizamo, Mike Birbiglia, and Sting in Los Angeles, then this is the season package for you. Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song is no longer part of the Ahmanson lineup. I don’t know what happened. I’m not an insider with information. However, a new show will be announced at a later date. I’m hoping it’s a Broadway musical.

Being a theatre geek in SoCal for almost two years now, I’ve noticed that the Ahmanson is probably the only big southern California theatre that have plays and one-man shows. Others are just filled with musicals which I prefer. I personally haven’t gotten into plays with pure dialogue just yet. But if there’s a stage production of 12 Angry Men happening somewhere, I’ll check it out. It’s one of my favorite movies.

I’ll definitely go see Once on This Island and The Book of Mormon. I saw the latter last year when it was at Segerstrom and laughed throughout the entire show. Performance dates for both shows do coincide with The SpongeBob Musical at the Dolby Theatre next year. Now I must decide whether to make my weekend an oceany, beachy, and watery themed one or to make it a fun smiley one.