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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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Musical Theatre West is thrilled to present Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The story is set at the annual reunion of the Jellicle cats at the Jellicle Ball.  The eldest of this special breed, Old Deuteronomy, seeks to select which of the many cats in the neighborhood will be reborn to begin another life. Potential candidates named Jennyanydots, Rum Tum Tugger, and Bustopher Jones plead their case. Ultimately, it is Grizabella’s plea for a new life that wins the old cat over. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cats features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies, including the hit song “Memory.”

Musical Theatre West is also proud to present the world premiere of _Summer of Love, _a groovy new musical from Roger Bean, the creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Andrews Brothers. Runaway bride Holly discovers the countercultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. With some help from the hippies and dropouts populating the Golden Gate Park, she comes to the realization that she has to make her own kind of music. This new show features music from some of the most impressionable artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. You’ll love this flower-power, feel-good musical experience!

Musical Theatre West will close the season by taking you back to 1985 to relive the days of big hair with the Southern California regional premiere of the musical based on the hip Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film, The Wedding Singer. Wannabe rock star Robbie Hart is everyone’s favorite wedding singer and life of the party until he gets jilted at the altar. Embittered, he vows to make every wedding as disastrous as his own. But then he meets Julia, a waitress who wins his heart – but she’s already engaged. Can he win her heart before she says “I Do” or will it be too late?  It’s totally 80s from big hair to Billy Idol! If you love weddings and remember skinny ties, shoulder pads and leg warmers, you’ll fall in love with The Wedding Singer.

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