Curt Hansen, of Broadway's Next to Normal, Joins Lythgoe Family's Snow White Panto in California
By Kenneth Jones
Curt Hansen, of Broadway's Hairspray and Next to Normal, will play Snow White's Prince in an English-flavored "panto" production of A Snow White Christmas at Pasadena Playhouse. As previously reported, Neil Patrick Harris will appear in the "onscreen role" of The Magic Mirror, with Charlene Tilton of TV's "Dallas" as The Wicked Queen and Ariana Grande of TV's "Victorious" as Snow White.
The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions announced Hansen (Mark Taper Forum's Parade) on Oct. 1. The family-friendly show draws on English "panto" traditions. It's billed as the inaugural "Panto at The Playhouse" production, and will run Dec. 12-23 at the Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.
A Snow White Christmas will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") with choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee "So You Think You Can Dance") and musical direction by Michael Orland ("American Idol").
The principal cast also includes Jonathan Scott Meza as Muddles and David Figoli as Herman the Huntsman. Local children are being auditioned for the roles of The Seven Dwarfs.
"An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, a live miniature pony and contemporary music," according to Playhouse notes. Expect Katy Perry's "Firework" to Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and more. "Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance,' the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together."
Tilton played portly pepperpot Lucy Ewing on "Dallas" in the 1980s. Harris is the star of Broadway (Proof, Assassins) and television ("How I Met Your Mother," "Doogie Howser, M.D.") and film ("The Smurfs").
The book is by Kris Lythgoe, with scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions creative department (additional costume design by designer Julia Clancy, Donna Maas and Kleev Guessford, and additional scenic design by J.J. Wickham).
LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Baeling and Jason Haigh-Ellery.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
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