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’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.