Bruce Vilanch and Tony Winner Ben Vereen to Star in Aladdin and His Winter Wish at Pasadena Playhouse
By Carey Purcell
The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions will present Aladdin and His Winter Wish, starring Bruce Vilanch as Widow Twankey and Ben Vereen as The Genie, in December.
Performances will begin Dec. 11 and continue through Dec. 29.
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, the cast of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, which features a book by Kris Lythgoe, will also include Jordan Fisher ("Teen Beach Movie") as Aladdin, Ashley Argota ("True Jackson VP") as The Princess and Richard Karn ("Home Improvement") as The Sultan.
"An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with 'So You Think You Can Dance' alumni), a live pony and contemporary music from 'Jai Ho' ('Slumdog Millionaire') to 'Treasure' (Bruno Mars) and many more," press notes state.
The production will feature choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for "So You Think You Can Dance"), musical direction by Michael Orland ("American Idol") and scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions.
Vilanch performed at the Pantages in Hollywood and on Broadway in Hairspray and has written for the Tony Awards. The Emmy Award winner has also contributed material to the Academy Awards and "Hollywood Squares."
Tony winner Vereen has starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin and Jelly's Last Jam. His screen credits include "How I Met Your Mother" and "Silk Stalkings."
LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (626) 356-7529 visiting PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
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