Short-Lived Broadway Musical First Date Makes West Coast Debut Tonight

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The Alan Zachary-Michael Weiner musical comedy First Date, which played a five-month Broadway run in 2013, is the first show of La Mirada (CA) Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment's 2015-16 season.

With musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by Lee Martino and direction by Nick DeGruccio, performances are Sept. 18-Oct. 11 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The cast features Marc Ginsburg as Aaron, Erica Lustig as Casey and a supporting cast that includes Stacey Oristano, Kelley Dorney, Justin Michael Wilcox, Leigh Wakeford and Scott Dreier.

"When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner," according to press notes. "As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone in this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance the pair through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?"

The production also has set design by Stephen Gifford; lighting design by Steven Young; sound design by Josh Bessom; costume design by Thomas G. Marquez; hair, makeup and wig design by Katie McCoy; and properties design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the production stage manager is Jill Gold.

Tickets range $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, 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.

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