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Much to see in March at the CCPA

February 23, 2018

March at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) offers an exciting lineup filled with music legends. (The ticket prices listed are the total costs; there are no additional fees.)

The hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet" is inspired by the recording session that united Rock 'n' Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first (and only) time. On December 4, 1956, the four gathered for what would turn out to be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring "Blue Suede Shoes," "Walk the Line," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," the musical takes audiences inside the recording studio for one historic music-making night. The musical is presented by 3-DT, the CCPA's Broadway Performance Partner. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1; 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Tickets are $85 to $40.

Following years of sold-out performances enjoyed by more than 90 million worldwide, The Ten Tenors has cemented its musical standing, boasting a string of Platinum and Gold records. "The New York Times" cheered, "[Their] unique mix of the traditional and unconventional offers a fresh and highly-original take on the staid traditions of opera." The tenors present "Wish You Were Here" on Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. Tickets range from $75 to $55.

Since its 1993 inception, Yamato has mesmerized more than 2 million fans with its mastery of Japanese drums. "This is a show of unbridled enthusiasm, much humour and great musical variety," hails "The Scotsman." The group drums up excitement at the CCPA on Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $45. The CCPA pays "Tribute to Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, and the Big Band Stars" on Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m. The show features the acclaimed Tex Beneke Orchestra and includes guest stars The Four Freshmen ("Graduation Day"); The Modernaires ("Chattanooga Choo Choo"); and Gina Eckstine, whose father is bandleader Billy Eckstine ("I Apologize"). Tickets cost $70 to $35.

Pat Benatar delivered six Platinum and four Gold albums, featuring the hits "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Love Is a Battlefield." The four-time Grammy winner and her husband, guitarist-collaborator Neil Giraldo, present "A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening," sharing behind-the-scene stories of their hits on Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are $115 to $90. A VIP upgrade, which includes a meet-and-greet with the duo, is available for an additional $150.

In a performance of song, dance and chatter about his half-century career, 10-time Tony winner Tommy Tune shows that he's still got it! Don't miss "Tommy Tune, Tonight!" at the CCPA on Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $35.

Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti delivers his dreamy instrumentals on Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. His albums include the Gold-selling "When I Fall in Love"; the Grammy-nominated "Italia"; and "Impressions," which won a Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album." Tickets range from $105 to $85.

In a "What Makes It Great?" program marking legend Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, Rob Kapilow and singers explore "'From On the Town' to 'West Side Story:' Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein." The show takes place Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.

"The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan, the star of the television series "Cesar Millan's Dog Nation," reveals the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine compadres. The leader of the pack shares his methods and conducts live demonstrations with dogs on Thursday, March 22, 8 p.m. A Q&A session is included. Tickets are $100 to $80; $1 of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Cesar Millan PACK Project, an organization that improves the health, happiness, and harmony of dogs and people. A VIP upgrade is available for an additional $50.

There's something for everyone when Australia's top-selling, award-winning Pop vocal group Human Nature and its acclaimed Las Vegas band take audiences on a jukebox journey. The ensemble mixes up Pop with Doo-Wop, Motown, Soul and more, so expect everything from "Under the Boardwalk" to "Uptown Funk" on Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $75 to $35.

Get ready for an evening of hits from Juke Box Giants, including The Diamonds ("Little Darlin'"), Bobby Hendricks Drifters ("There Goes My Baby"), Original Coaster Leon Hughes & His Group ("Yakety Yak"), Dodie Stevens ("Pink Shoe Laces") and The Safaris ("Image of a Girl"). Comedian Scott Wood hosts with musical accompaniment from The Flashback Band. Mark your calendar for Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $75 to $35.

For more information, call the CCPA Ticket Office at (562) 916-8500 or visit


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