Beginning as the Whittier Civic Light Opera in 1952, Musical Theatre West has grown into Southern California's Premiere Musical Theatre Company. During the past 58 years, we've presented not only established and well known musicals, but a World Premieres (Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood! written by Star Search winner Sam Harris and Summer of Love by award-winning writer/director, Roger Bean), a Los Angeles/Orange County premiere (a new version of Phantom by Kopit and Yeston), and the West Coast premieres of Cole Porter's The New Yorkers; Eleanor: An American Love Story and a new version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Many of the performers who received their training with us have gone on to professional careers on Broadway (such as Susan Egan, the star of Beauty and the Beast). Giving these young people the chance to work with professional directors, alongside seasoned performers, is an important aspect of what Musical Theatre West is all about.