La Mirada PAC Presents ‘1776’

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LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT THE THIRD SHOW OF ITS 2018-2019 SEASON!

James Barbour, Caleb Shaw, Andy Umberger & Peter Van Norden starring in

1776 THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS Book by PETER STONE
Based on a concept by SHERMAN EDWARDS

Musical Direction by JEFF RIZZO

Directed & Staged by GLENN CASALE

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS! AND FEBRUARY 8, 9 AND 10 AT THE SORAYA

Be in the room where it actually happened…

December 17, 2018…La Mirada, CA…LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary at the theatre) are thrilled to present the award-winning and revolutionary 1776 THE MUSICAL, with musical direction by Jeff Rizzo and directed & staged by Glenn Casale. 1776 THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 11, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 12 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, February 3, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Following the La Mirada Theatre engagement, 1776 THE MUSICAL transfers to the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) at CSUN for four performances Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10.

Before Hamilton, there was 1776 THE MUSICAL, the electrifying musical about the founding of America. Featuring a thrilling cast, this Tony Award-winning smash begins with a deadlocked Congress – sound familiar? Its attempts to adopt the Declaration of Independence are boiling over in heated confrontations. Spoiler alert: by the evening of

July 2nd, the two sides are still miles apart!

But remarkably, these contentious Founding Fathers harness their shared determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. See how they get it done! Engaging, tuneful, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical shows us the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as we’ve never seen them before — with humor and humanity. Irreverent and topical, 1776 THE MUSICAL is the musical that celebrates what truly made America great…in the first place.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

GLENN CASALE (Director) Broadway: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Tony Award nomination Best Revival) which was filmed by A&E and garnered two Emmy Awards. Off-Broadway: The Property Known as Garland starring Adrienne Barbeau, and Dragapella at Studio 54 (Drama Desk Lucille Lortel Award nominations for best Production). International: Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast (The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Russia), and The Wiz. Regional: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre DameThe Little Mermaid, Ballroom, Camelotwith Rachel York and Lou Diamond Phillips. Wrestlers starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney, Bingo!M, From the Top starring Carol Burnett. Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning Best Musical Anything Goes starring Rachel York, Brent Barrett, Sally Struthers and Fred Willard, Camelot starring Michael York, The Prisoner of Second Avenue with Jason Alexander. Television: ABC’s “The Faculty” starring Meredith Baxter and “The Wayans Brothers.”

JEFF RIZZO (Musical Director) has conducted countless musicals in many U.S. cities, Japan, and China. Recently: White Christmas at the Ordway Center in Saint Paul, H2$ and Mary Poppins at TUTS in Houston, and Cabaret at the Sacramento Music Circus. Jeff experienced the 2011 Tokyo earthquake and the nuclear meltdown doing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He toured China in 2007 with 42nd Street, as well as the two-year run of the 2002 US National Tour, which played Segerstrom Hall and the Ahmanson Theatre. Jeff was the audition accompanist for the film of Dreamgirls. He musically directed Madison Square Garden’s The Wizard of Oz starring Roseanne, the subsequent national tour, and the Grammy-nominated cast recording starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. He was associate conductor of the US premiere of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close at the Shubert Theatre in LA. Jeff toured three years with Annie, as associate conductor of the 2nd National Tour and conductor of the 4th National Tour. He has served on the faculty of the American Music and Dramatic Academy (LA campus) for thirteen years. As a composer, his work includes the scores for Jailbirds on Broadway, Wanna Play?! (published by Baker’s Plays) and a new musical version of A Christmas Carol. With partner Eric Andrist, he co-founded the Musical Theatre Guild. Born in Utica, NY, raised in Sacramento, CA, and graduated from the University of Southern California,

The Cast of 1776 THE MUSICAL will feature James Barbour as “Edward Rutledge,” Peter Van Norden as “Benjamin Franklin,” Andy Umberger as “John Adams,” Teri Bibb as “Abigail Adams,” Caleb Shaw as “Thomas Jefferson,” Ellie Wyman as “Martha Jefferson,” Nick Santa Maria as “John Hancock,” Peter Allen Vogt as “Samuel Chase,” Victor E. Chan as “Robert Livingston,” Brad Rupp as “George Read,” Gordon Goodman as “Stephen Hopkins,” Jason Chacon as “Dr. Josiah Bartlett,” Joey Ruggiero as “Joseph Hewes,” Jordan Goodsell as “Charles Thomson,” Jordan Schneider as “Dr. Lyman Hall,” Jotapé Lockwood as “Lewis Morris,” Matthew Kimbrough as “Colonel Thomas McKean,” Michael Dotson as “Roger Sherman,” Michael Rothhaar as “Andrew McNair,” Michael Starr as “Richard Henry Lee,” Michael Stone Forrest as “John Dickinson,” Mitchell McCollum as “Reverend John Witherspoon,” Ted Barton as “James Wilson,” Rodrigo Varandas as “Leather Apron/Painter,” and Nick McKenna as “Courier.”

The Design Team for 1776 THE MUSICAL is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Jared A. Sayeg; Co-Sound Design by Leon Rothenberg & Phil Allen; Costume Design by Shon LeBlanc; Hair/Wig/Makeup Design by EB Bohks; Properties Design is by Kevin Williams. The Casting Director is Julia Flores and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING

1776 THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 11, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 12 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, February 3, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. Performances are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 2:00pm & 8:00pm & Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be no performance on Saturday, January 12 at 2pm.

There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, February 2 at 2pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 30.

Tickets range from $20 – $84 (prices subject to change) and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets available for the first 15 performances of the production.

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.

1776 THE MUSICAL then performs Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10 at the four performances Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 9 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 10 at 3:00pm at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330. Tickets range from $44 – $86 (prices subject to change) and can be purchased at TheSoraya.org or by phone at (818) 677-3000.

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To schedule press interviews, photos, press comps or for additional information, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or by e-mail at DAVIDELZER@ME.COM or visit www.demandpr.com. Photos and press information also available at lamiradatheatre.com.

The Tony-nominated LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (BT McNicholl, Producing Artistic Director) has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the best Broadway-style houses in Southern California.”  This beautiful state-of-the-art theatre has been presenting quality productions since 1977, co-producing several national tours. The recipient of Tony, Emmy and Ovation Award nominations, La Mirada Theatre won the won the 2012-13 L.A. Stage Alliance OVATION AWARD for “Best Season of the Year.”  The theatre is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, California, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue. Parking is theatre-adjacent and free. For further information call 562-944-9801 or visit www.lamiradatheatre.com.

Celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary season at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (MRE), is one of the world’s premier theatrical production companies. Headed by Executive Producers Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby, MRE has produced over one hundred musicals, plays, and concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry today. 

 In addition, MRE has launched several Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Broadway, international, and national touring productions including: ASIA- Dreamgirls (Japan), Miss Saigon (China), Peter Pan (China) CANADA- Peter Pan (Vancouver) USA- Seussical the Musical, and Annie Get Your Gun, starring Cathy Rigby; Jesus Christ Superstar starring Carl Anderson and Sebastian Bach; Camelot starring Michael York and Lou Diamond Phillips, Happy Days written by Gary Marshall and Paul Williams. BROADWAY- Frank Wildhorn‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’s Jekyll and Hyde starring American Idol contestant and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ and Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox.  Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby has made four stops on Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. The A&E TV network premiere of Peter Pan received one Emmy Award and four Emmy Award nominations.

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

 

1776 The Musical

Music and Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS

Book by PETER STONE
Based on a concept by SHERMAN EDWARDS

Musical Direction by JEFF RIZZO

Directed & Staged by GLENN CASALE

 

 

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

 

OPENS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 at 8pm

and runs through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3.

 

PREVIEW: Friday, January 11 at 8pm

 

PERFORMANCES: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.

 

There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, February 2 at 2pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 30.

 

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada, CA 90638. 

Arrive Early To Find Best Parking — It’s Free!

Tickets range from $20 – $84 (Prices subject to change)

$15 Student Tickets for the first 15 performances of the production.

For tickets, please call (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310 or buy online at www.lamiradatheatre.com. Student, Senior and Group discounts are available.

YOUNES AND SORAYA NAZARIAN CENTER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (THE SORAYA)

 

DATES: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 9 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 10 at 3:00pm

 

YOUNES AND SORAYA NAZARIAN CENTER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (THE SORAYA)

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.

 

Tickets range from $44 – $86 (prices subject to change)

 

For tickets, please visit TheSoraya.org or phone at (818) 677-3000.