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3-D Theatricals Presents 42nd Street

The rain impeded my view as we pulled into the parking spot directly in front of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Looking at the clock I noticed that we had 30 minutes until the bells chimed signaling us to enter the theater. Forgetting our umbrellas was a rookie move on my part so we sat in the car staring at the inviting lights before us. Five minutes passed and the rain eased off a bit giving us a very small window to run towards the entrance.

You’re on your own were the last words I uttered to my family as I darted towards the inviting lobby.

I entered our safe haven from the rain, wiping my glasses so that I could have a better visual of the room when my eyes set to the most welcoming fire place. Seeing an open seat I headed towards the fireplace.

My family, who had caught up to me, was now along my side. As I sat a drink miraculously appeared in my hand and I felt not only as ease but at home. As I sipped my beverage my eyes surveyed the building. I must say I quite enjoyed the modern art deco design but wondered what the actual theater looked like.

Would it live up to its lobby or would it be a disappointing mess. Once we heard the chimes we walked to the theater doors, along the way being greeted by their fabulous volunteer team. Showing our tickets, my family walked to our seat while I took in the spectacular room before me. Celebrating its 25th year, the award winning the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is an architectural masterpiece and one that left me in awe.

It’s only fitting that in celebration of their 10 year anniversary, 3-D Theatricals is bringing some of the best of Broadway to Cerritos. The 2018-19 season will have you rushing to the box office with hits like 42nd Street (Oct 12-18), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Feb 15- Mar3), The Secret Garden (May 3-19), and last but definitely not least Shrek the Musical (Aug 9-25). This past Friday my family and I were lucky enough to see Broadway legend Davis Gaines star in one of my favorite musicals 42nd Street.

If you haven’t see the production then you have to, it truly is a legend in terms of Broadway shows. Based on the 1933 Warner Brothers film musical, 42nd street takes its audience back to a dark era in American history. After living the high life of the roaring 20’s, a theater production in post stock market crashed 1930’s is trying to make it by with their newest show, Pretty Lady.

Having booked the one-time star Dorothy Brock as the shows lead, the production is trying to bend over backwards to keep Dorothy happy all along overseeing the true star of the show, the sweet wholesome Peggy Sawyer from Allentown, Pennsylvania. As the show progresses our heroine, Peggy, finally finds herself exactly where she should always be, as the star.

With hundreds of eye catching costumes, nineteen musical numbers, and so many songs you had no idea you knew the words to, you will find yourself wanting to jump onto the stage and tapping along with the cast. 3-D Theatricals is known for their productions and has a strong fan base so if you are interested in seeing any of their upcoming productions I highly recommend doing it now as they often sell out.

For more information about 3-D Theatricals or to purchase your tickets for their productions, please visit their website at

Naz Nodjoumi has lived in Orange County for over 35 years. She married the guy she sat next to in French class at WHS (go warriors), graduated UCI (zot zot zot) and has two kids. She’s grown up along side this once sleepy County and loves learning more and more about the ins and out of its great cities. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids around town, she’s either cooking, volunteering, or snapping away on one of her cameras. She loves museums, theater, art, discovering fun facts as well as traveling.
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