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Pop, rock, Broadway and an American hero featured at the CCPA in October

September 25, 2017

The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) has packed October with exciting shows.

On Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m., Emmy winner Benise delights with "Spanish Nights," an electrifying musical journey of Flamenco, Salsa, Waltz, Tango and more. The "Pied Piper" of the Spanish guitar holds audiences captive with his colorful productions showcasing an array of vibrant dancers, exotic drums, Gypsy violin, Cirque performers and mesmerizing theatrical lighting. Tickets range from $55 to $75. A VIP Meet & Greet is available for purchase.

Three-time Grammy winner Kris Kristofferson redefined Country music with the chart-topping hits "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down." The singer-songwriter embraces the solo acoustic setting in "Kris Kristofferson Solo Acoustic Show" on Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $55 to $75.

The CCPA hosts Grammy and Golden Globe nominee The Association and The Buckinghams on Saturday, October 7 at 8 p.m. The Association is known for the hits "Along Comes Mary," "Never My Love," "Cherish" and "Windy." The Buckinghams electrified music fans with "Kind of a Drag." The Buckinghams will perform first, and The Association will close the show. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Led by Michael Andrew, The Gershwin Big Band brings George Gershwin's music to life in "American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook." A 17-piece band and vocalists perform time-honored Gershwin standards such as "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "The Man I Love." Tickets to this 3 p.m. concert on Sunday, October 8 cost $45 to $65.

After an epic year in space, NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly shares what he learned during his fascinating 143 million-mile adventure in "The Sky Is Not the Limit: Lessons From a Year in Space." The American hero gives candid takes on his out-of-this-world experience and shares personal stories of perseverance, life lessons on leadership and teamwork and the path that led him to secure his place in history. The talk is at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13, and tickets range from $75 to $95.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and Songwriters' Hall of Fame inductee Neil Sedaka returns to the CCPA on Saturday, October 14 at 8 p.m. The crooner won over generations of fans with his songs, which include "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," "Laughter in the Rain," "Oh! Carol" and "Calendar Girl." Tickets are $80 to $100.

As part of the Rock group Chicago, Peter Cetera recorded "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and "You're the Inspiration." As a solo artist, Cetera released numerous No. One songs, including "Glory of Love" from "The Karate Kid II"; "The Next Time I Fall" with Amy Grant; "Feels Like Heaven," featuring Chaka Khan; and "After All," a duet with Cher. The Grammy winner performs Sunday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50 to $95.

3-D Theatrical's Young Frankenstein kicks off the CCPA's 2017-2018 Broadway Series. Based on the hilarious screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, this hit cult-film-turned-musical is the story of a young doctor trying to escape the mad-scientist legacy of his family name. However, circumstances draw him back to the family castle where, with the help of a hunch-backed sidekick named Igor and a leggy lab assistant named Inga, the infamy begins. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Show times are Friday, October 20 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now at or by calling (562) 916-8500.


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