Debbie Allen-Helmed Twist Extends Pasadena Playhouse Run

News   Debbie Allen-Helmed Twist Extends Pasadena Playhouse Run The Pasadena Playhouse production of Twist, a soulful imagining of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" starring Cleavant Derricks, Tamyra Gray and Alaman Diadhiou, has extended its run through July 24.

Tamyra Gray and Alaman Diadhiou
Tamyra Gray and Alaman Diadhiou Photo by Jim Cox

Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen directs and choreographs the musical, which officially opened June 26 after previews that began June 14. The production was originally scheduled to run through July 17 and will now play an additional week of performances.

Twist has a book by William F. Brown (who authored the Tony-nominated book of The Wiz) and Tina Tippit and a score by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Tena Clark and Gary Prim.

Allen last staged Twist at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2010. The musical was seen in previous incarnations at the Walnut Street Theatre in 1993 and New Jersey's George Street Playhouse in 1996. Twist was revised prior to its Atlanta debut.

Tony winner Derricks (Dreamgirls) plays Crazah Chesterfield, with "American Idol" finalist Gray (Rent, Bombay Dreams) as Della. Diadhiou, who originated the title role in the Alliance Theatre production of Twist in Atlanta, reprises his performance for the Pasadena run. Coco Monroe will appear in the role during select performances.

The cast also features Paul Aguirre (Potlatch), Cliff Bemis (Mr. Prudhomme), Joshua Bolden as (Pistol), Diane Delano (Ms. Cotton), Pat McRoberts as (Lucius Thatcher), Kyle Garvin (Skillet), Ava Gaudet (Angela), Jared Grimes (Roosevelt), Matthew Johnson (Boston), Chase Maxwell (Yancy) and Carla Renata (Naomi/Mrs. Beaudreux). The ensemble includes Chantel Heath, Holly Hyman, Olivia-Diane Joseph, Vivian Nixon, Malaiyka Reid, Terrance Spencer, Dougie Styles and Armando Yearwood.

The children's ensemble features Nickolas Eibler, John Fisher, Joshua Horton, Wayne Mackins, Micah Patterson, Julianna Rigoglioso, Issac Spector and Dempsey Tonks.

Twist has scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, with musical direction and vocal arrangements by Jim Vukovich.

Allen directed the Broadway and London revivals of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. A Tony nominee for her performances in the revivals of Sweet Charity and West Side Story, Allen won a Golden Globe and two Emmys for her role on "Fame."

For tickets phone (626) 356-7529 or visit PasadenaPlayhouse.

A scene from <i>Twist</i>
A scene from Twist Photo by Caig Schwartz
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