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.

Broadway San Diego

Since “SoCal” is in my tagline, I might as well include this too. I don’t live in San Diego. I have been there a few times. First was an 8th grade field trip where we sailed down there. The last few times in my adult life was for San Diego Comic-Con. I shall return one of these days.

If you live down in SD and don’t want to deal with the 100+ mile drive to Los Angeles or Orange County, then the San Diego Civic Theatre‘s got your back. Missing from the picture is Rent and Blue Man Group. I’m assuming those shows will be add-ons when purchasing or renewing your season package.

If you don’t plan on getting a season package, I recommend you watch Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. You can’t go wrong with a Tony Award winner for Best Musical and nominee. Believe me, they will not disappoint.

Ahmanson Theatre 2019-2020?

With all of the excitement coming from the Pantages and Segerstrom recently, I forgot about the Ahmanson Theatre. I feel a little bad about not remembering them. It was at the Ahmanson where I had my first theatre experience in 2017 seeing Jersey Boys. That show at that location was what turned me into a theatre geek.

At the moment, Once on This Island and Torch Song are the only two shows scheduled for their 2019-2020 Season. Performance dates are yet to be announced. I’m interested to see how Once on This Island will be performed in LA. A friend of mine saw it in New York where the stage was in the center surrounded by seats similar to a stadium setup.

In addition to the Ahmanson, I’m also waiting for the small local theatre companies in SoCal to make their 19-20 announcements.