REVIEW: "First Date" at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts E-mail
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The company performs in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment Southern California Premiere Production of the Broadway Musical "FIRST DATE" - directed by Nick DeGruccio and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Welcoming in the new 2015-16 McCoy Rigby Season is First Date, a musical comedy fresh from Broadway making its Southern California debut!

This charming and hilarious performance is set in real time as first time blind-dater, Aaron, and “dateaholic,” Casey, enjoy a few drinks and get to know one another.  Nothing says awkward like, well, a First Date.

Casey (Erica Lustig) is energetic and artistic yet when it comes to meeting the right guy, her track record proves otherwise.  Aaron (Marc Ginsburg), is an investment banker recovering from a previous relationship and is everything Casey isn't.

 So how does their First Date go?  Exactly as one would suspect; fellow restaurant patrons transform into best friends, family members, and those oh-so-bad boyfriends.

Talent is not limited though, as we see the intentions of a wickedly creative waiter also at hand.

Throughout the night, Casey directs Aaron over what questions he should ask (and not ask) and Aaron overshares his previous dating history or lack thereof.

What makes First Date truly unique is the quick wit of the other couples in the restaurant portrayed by supporting cast members Kelley Dorney (ex-fiancé/ Miss Google-thang herself), Scott Drier (a most musically and creatively inclined waiter), Stacey Oristano (Casey's perfect sister /Jewish grandmother), Justin Michael Wilcox (Aaron's best friend/"voice of reason"), and Leigh Wakeford (Casey's BFF/ Previous Rocker Boyfriend).

Lustig and Ginsburg lend beautiful vocals in this musical and their comedic timing is spot on.  One can't wait to find out what's to become of this couple on their first date.

Wakeford, fresh off his role as Bert in Mary Poppins will leave you with "The Bailout Song" in your head and truly steals the scene as Casey's best friend. Dorney, Oristano, and Wilcox transform into characters that will leave you thinking how much you know someone "like that"-- a true feeling of relativity of sorts.

Production led by director Nick DeGruccio, Musical Direction/Conductor by Brent Crayon, Book Writer by Austin Winsbery, Choreography by Lee Martino, Stage Manager: Jill Gold, Asst Stage Manager: Amy Ramsdell, Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary, Casting Director: Julia Flores, Costume Designer: Thomas G. Marquez, Lighting Designer: Steven Young, Sound Designer: Josh Bessom. Production Stage Manger- Jill Gold.  Assistant Stage Manager- Jess Manning.

First Date runs through Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.  Tickets on sale now from $20-$70.  Suggested audience age:  18 years+

Check out more photos from opening night here.



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