Cathy Rigby Soars Into La Mirada as Peter Pan
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Winner of more than 30 international theatre awards, including three Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is a triumphant and thrilling reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky's original, Russian folk tale-inspired ballet. Bourne's iconic and breathtaking production -- which revolves around a young crown prince, his distant mother and the swan that represents the prince's desire for freedom -- took the dance world by storm when it premiered in 1995, and is perhaps best known for its replacement of the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble. The performance featured in this stunning, high-definition screening was filmed at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre in 2011 with a cast that includes Richard Windsor, Dominic North and Nina Goldman. Learn More
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Featured review from Joan B.Red Velvet
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We had seen this twice before thru the years with Ms Rigby and only decided to see it again because of the Great Goldstar price. Let me tell you, she is better than before! The sets, the costumes, the singing was wonderful. The actors, especialy Hook, were great. The faces and comments of the children around us were priceless. Cathy Rigby is timeless. She defies gravity and AGE. Her singing just gets better. We decided it was one of the best productions we have seen in the last year or two.
I encourage you to see it and, please, take your family.
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It is difficult to write a review of this performance without sounding like a gushing zealot. But please, take my word for it, this was an amazing experience. The cast was superb. The orchestra was LIVE!!!! And also magnificent. (Bravo for...continued
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See the video promo on YouTube.
There will be audience talk-back sessions with the cast on Wednesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 20. These sessions are open to ticketholders.
“To see [Rigby’s] fearless and ebullient flying, newly choreographed by Paul Rubin with even more athletic flips, is to suspect that the role actually functions as a youth elixir … [Brent Barrett as Captain Hook] is extremely charming, but children will be too busy cheering for Peter to mourn his fate. Afterward they’ll scramble to gather the fallen pixie dust from the carpet. Adults should consider grabbing a handful for themselves. Maybe it won’t confer eternal youth, but it can’t hurt.” —Los Angeles Times
Musical Production of the Play by Sir James Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Moose Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Directed by Glenn Casale
America first took notice of Cathy Rigby at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, where she became the highest-scoring U.S. gymnast. Her spunkiness and drive to succeed quickly charmed audiences and she became known as “America’s Sweetheart of Gymnastics.”
During her gymnastics career, Rigby won numerous international medals (including eight gold) and competed in the Olympics a second time in 1972. She also won a silver medal on the balance beam at the 1970 World Championships, becoming the first American woman to medal in World Gymnastics.
In 1998, Rigby was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. After the ’72 Olympics, Rigby retired from gymnastics and joined ABC Sports, where she would stay for 18 years, providing expert commentary on the sport of gymnastics. During this time, ABC’s venerable Wide World of Sports named her one of “America’s Most Influential Women in Sports.”
Rigby later embarked on a new career in performing arts, making her stage debut as Peter in the arena version of Peter Pan. Rigby’s national and regional tour credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. On Broadway, she starred as the title role in Peter Pan in 1991 and 1998 and in Seussical the Musical as Cat-In-The-Hat in 2002.
Recently, Rigby starred in both A.R. Gurney’s Silvia and Steel Magnolias to rave reviews at the La Mirada as well as Lil’ Abner at UCLA’s Reprise. Rigby has been honored with the National Broadway Theatre Award’s 2004 Distinguished Lifetime Service Award from The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. In 1991, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical when she starred in the 35th Anniversary production of Peter Pan on Broadway. The show also earned more Tony and Emmy nominations after touring nationally. In 2001, A&E filmed Peter Pan and it is now available on DVD along with the soundtrack in stores nationwide.
Currently, Rigby and her husband, Tom McCoy, are Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the new Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. There, they have successfully produced over 17 seasons of musicals, plays, concerts and special events. McCoy Rigby Entertainment has also launched many national touring productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Peter Pan, Camelot and Happy Days, the Musical.
Rigby and her husband also own and operate the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda with the goal of bringing the joy of acting, dancing and singing to their students. Rigby spends much of her spare time as a motivational speaker on the topics of nutrition and wellness.