Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts


Seeing Stars: Live on Stage  

12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, CA.
(in the Cerritos Towne Center),
(800) 300-4345 or (562) 916-8500

For a relatively new theatre, which just opened in 1993, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts has already seen its share of stars.

The very first performer to grace the new stage at the Cerritos Center was none other than the legendary Frank Sinatra.

The 154,000-square-foot theatre is state-of-the-art, with floor seats that can be rearranged to create six different of different configurations. The stage can also be changed into various sizes. Even the indoor towers, which hold the Center's box seats, can be repositioned.

Granted, it's a bit off the beaten track for Los Angelenos, located just a few miles northwest of Knott's Berry Farm, but it's well worth the drive if your favorite star is appearing there.


Stars who have performed on stage at the Cerritos Center includeWhitney Houston, Bill Cosby, Wayne Newton, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Michael Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Randy Newman, Itzhak Perlman, Wynonna, the Beach Boys, Peter Paul & Mary, Natalie Cole, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Smokey Robinson, Doc Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Neil Sedaka, Chicago, the Four Tops & the 5th Dimension, the Temptations & Little Richard, plus classical concerts and Broadway shows such as "Fiddler on the Roof," "Showboat," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Porgy & Bess."

And not all of the stars are on stage. When Bocelli performed here recently, Elizabeth Taylor was in the audience.

Celebrity Highlights of the
2001-2002 Cerritos Concert Schedule

Olivia Newton-John - August 17-18, 2001

Paul Anka - August 24-25

Classic Comics of Late Night TV - Sept. 9
(Jimmie Walker, Gary Mule Deer, George Miller & Bobby Kelton)

Kenny G - Sept. 15-16

Jack Jones & Phyllis Diller - Sept. 23

Anne Murray - Oct. 5-6

Herbie Hancock - Oct. 14

"Chicago: the Musical" - Oct. 18-21

George Benson - Nov. 2-3

"Sophisticated Ladies" - Nov. 9 - 11
(starring Mary Wilson of "The Supremes")

Penn & Teller - Nov. 18

Riders in the Sky - Dec. 11

The Colors of Christmas - Dec. 14 - 15
(Michael McDonald, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton & Oleta Adams )

Johnny Mathis Christmas Show - Dec. 21 - 22

Tony Orlando - January 10, 2002

Itzhak Perlman - Jan. 29

Arlo Guthrie - Feb. 2

Gregory Hines - Feb. 3

The Smothers Brothers (& the Kingtron Trio) - Feb. 10

Lou Rawls - Feb. 14

Glen Campbell - Feb. 22

Tim Conway & Harvey Korman - Feb. 23

"The Sunshine Boys" - March 1 - 3
(starring Frank Gorshin & Dick Van Patten)

John Tesh - March 23

 Getting there: The theatre is located in the City of Cerritos, about 15 miles southeast of L.A., close to the Orange County/L.A. border. It's in the Cerritos Towne Center, just east of Bloomfield Avenue. From downtown L.A., take the Harbor (110) Freeway south (about ten miles) to the Artesia (91) Freeway, then take the 91 east (about 12 miles) to the Shoemaker Avenue exit. Turn right on the first street you come to, Park Plaza Drive, and the theater will be on your right.

[For more information & for the full schedules, you can access the theatre's official website at:
http://www.cerittoscenter.com. Seating charts are available online at

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