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Filled with hilarious and poignant songs about dating, parenting, aging and dreams both fulfilled and unrequited, “Closer Than Ever” is like a musical “how-to” manual for life. With each song a self-contained story inspired by real-life experiences, its message to value the little things in life remains timeless. International City Theatre opens its 2016 season with a recently updated version of this Outer Critics’ Circle award winner for best off-Broadway musical that also netted Drama Desk nominations for lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. (“Fosse,” “Miss Saigon”) and composer David Shire (“Big: The Musical”).

Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of tickets to the show on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “Closer Than Ever” in the subject line to be entered in a drawing.

“Closer Than Ever” runs Feb. 12 through March 6. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35-$49. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802.  For information and tickets: (562) 436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.