“Singin’ in the Rain” – Umbrellas Optional!
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Musical Direction by Keith Harrision
Directed and Choreographed by Spencer Liff
Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film’s legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Singin’ in the Rain” comes to The Soraya thanks to a lavish new production by McCoy Rigby Entertainment. The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds appears on every list of cinema’s greatest. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Knock-‘em-dead dance routines, hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make ”Singin’ in the Rain” the perfect entertainment for any fan of the Golden Age of movie musicals! Umbrellas optional!
“Singin’ in the Rain” will have four performances Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), 18111 Nordhoff Street, in Northridge. Then it transfers to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada where it performs beginning Friday, April 19, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 12, 2019.
About the Creative Team and Cast
SPENCER LIFF (Director/Choreographer) Broadway: “Head Over Heels,” “Falsettos,” “Spring Awakening” (Deaf West revival), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He’s best known for his work on the past nine seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which have earned him two Emmy Award nominations for Best Choreography. Other TV: “Dancing with the Stars,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “One Day at A Time,” (Netflix), “Parks and Recreation,” “Mike and Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Alexa & Katie,” (Netflix), “The Latin Grammy Awards,” “The Emmy Awards,” and “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (NBC producer/choreographer) Film: “Speech and Debate.” Other regional theater includes “Little Shop of Horrors” (The Kennedy Center), “Spring Awakening” (The Wallis Annenberg/Ovation Award Winner, Best Choreography), “The Man in the Ceiling” (Bay Street Theater), “Aladdin” (Laguna Playhouse Director/Choreo), “Sleepless in Seattle the musical” (Pasadena Playhouse), “Circus in Winter” (Goodspeed), “Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera” (Shakespeare Theatre Company), “Oliver!” (Human Race Theatre) “World of Color” (Disneyland). As a performer he’s been seen on film, TV, and Broadway, winning the 2008 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.
KEITH HARRISON (Musical Director) is a writer-composer-performer whose credits include: Off-Broadway: “One Day,” “Emojiland” (NYMF). Regional: “The Boys From Syracuse” (Drury Lane Oakbrook, Joseph Jefferson Nomination), “Million Dollar Quartet” (Apollo), “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion The Musical” (Seattle 5th Avenue), “Carousel” (Long Wharf), “Lythgoe Family Pantos” (Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse), “Falling For Make Believe” (Colony). TV/Film: “American Idol,” “Grace & Frankie,” “American Horror Story,” “The Politician,” “Claws,” “Westside,” “9-1-1,” “Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Radio Disney Music Awards,” “Access Hollywood Live,” UglyDolls; Concert: Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center (with Jenifer Lewis), Celebrity Cruises, “An Evening with Jason Alexander” (Baltimore, Atlanta, Louisville, Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras). Commercial: Allstate, Toyota, McDonald’s, Big Lots, and STARS Nashville (Emmy Award Nomination).
The Cast of “Singin’ in the Rain” will feature Michael Starr as Don Lockwood, Kimberly Immanuel as Kathy Selden, Brandon Burks as Cosmo Brown, Sara King as Lina Lamont, Jamie Torcellini as Roscoe Dexter, Peter Van Norden as R.F. Simpson, Kelley Dorney as Dora Bailey and Candace J. Washington as Zelda Zanders. The Ensemble will feature: Ethan Daniel Corbett, Justin Charles Cowden, Maggie Darago, Chaz Feuerstine, Veronica Gutierrez, Grant Hodges, Adam Lendermon, Bruce Merkle, Tayler Mettra, Shanon Mari Mills, Theresa Murray, Cheyenne Omani, Clarice Ordaz, Samuel Shea, DJ Smith, Rodrigo Varandas and Breanne Wilson.
The design team for “Singin’ in the Rain” is as follows: scenic design by John Iacovelli; lighting design by Steven Young; sound design by Julie Ferrin; projection design by David Murakami; costume design by Shon LeBlanc; hair/wig/makeup design by EB Bohks; Properties Design by Kevin Williams. The casting director is Julia Flores and the production stage manager is Jill Gold.
“Singin’ in the Rain”
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
Friday, April 12 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 13 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Prices: Starting at $41. Prices subject to change.
Phone: (818) 677-3000
La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638
(Arrive early to find best parking — It’s free!)
Preview Friday, April 19 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, May 12
Performances: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets range from $20 – $94 (Prices subject to change)
$15 student tickets for the first 15 performances of the production.
Student and Group discounts are available
Phone: (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310
About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
The 2018-19 Season marks the eighth year the award-winning Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, which has quickly become one of the cultural jewels of the greater Los Angeles region. Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues to expand its programming and outstanding multidisciplinary performances. The mission of The Soraya is to present a wide variety of performances that not only includes new and original work from the Los Angeles region but also work from around the world that appeal to all of L.A.’s rich and diverse communities. Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that will serve to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.” www.thesoraya.org
About La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
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
About McCoy Rigby Entertainment
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.
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