West Side Story Soars at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts


“West Side Story” was the first Broadway musical I ever saw.  I was barely four years old, but I remember every second of that extraordinary theatrical experience. Since then,  I’ve seen the film at least ten times and know the lyrics to every song.

West Side Story is one of the most memorable, innovative, heart-wrenching, powerful acclaimed musicals of all time.  it’s also one of the greatest love stories based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and thanks to the brilliant  Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score, which includes ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’, ‘America and the classic ‘Somewhere’ the show has some of  the best songs ever written.

Now to the production at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. There’s one word to describe it — brilliant.

Eddie Egan as Tony, Ashley Marie as Maria, Marlene Martinez as Anita, Michael Starr as Riff, and Armando Yearwood, Jr as Bernardo are absolutely amazing. Their singing, dancing, and acting will leave you breathless. The rest of the cast are equally wonderful, bringing to life the story of two warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks as they fight to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice, which unfortunately is still relevant in today’s world.

West Side Story, directed by Richard Israel opened on Saturday, April 22 and runs through Sunday May 14, 2017. The theatre is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Performances are 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets range from $20-$70 and can be purchased at La Mirada theatre’s website-www.lamiradatheatre.com or by called the box office at 562-944-9801. Do not miss it,.

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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