REVIEW: The Magic of Christmas - The Young Americans @ La Mirada Theatre

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

"The Young Americans," now in the midst of their spectacular holiday run at La Mirada Theatre, presents their biggest Christmas Show of Shows to date, “The Magic of Christmas,” featuring 250 Young Americans cast members in a sparkling extravaganza Christmas revue, with a final matinee performance on December 16th.

The show features 30 festive scene changes, over 75 songs blending various genres from rock to opera, elaborate sets including 45-foot LED walls that transport you visually from a winter wonderland to a train ride on the Polar Express, and over 6,000 costume changes.

In addition to their workshops, summer camp programs, Broadway-calibre corporate shows and Summer Dinner Theatre, their 2018 performance schedule includes this highly anticipated two-week run of “The Magic of Christmas” at one of the most highly lauded theatres in Southern California, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Creatively produced and choreographed, the show’s fast-moving musical numbers spotlight themes like hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, The Nutcracker Suite, Toyland soldiers, The Polar Express and classic Christmas choral music, including Handel’s Messiah.

For more than five decades, The Young Americans has been charming audiences around the world with their high energy, professional-level performances. From their early days of performing with legends such as Andy Williams, Fred Astaire, Ed Sullivan, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby to their current International Music Outreach Tours that include hundreds of shows each year around the world, the group is credited with being the first show choir in America that mixed choreography with choral singing. They still remain a tour de force in both music and dance performance today, using the arts to heal, inspire and promote positive vibes.

CEO Steven P. Haines puts it succinctly, “…The Young Americans are at the forefront of elevating youth and performing arts, believing strongly in the necessity for music education…”

"The Magic of Christmas" - Highly Recommended for non-stop holiday spirit! Tickets are $23-$65, available online at Six performances remain, including tonight at 8pm., Friday, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 8pm, Sat., Dec. 15 at 2pm & 8pm and Sun., Dec. 16 at 2pm.

Chris Daniels

Arts Reviewer