Neil Patrick Harris Is Man in the Mirror of Lythgoe Family's Snow White Panto; Charlene Tilton Is Wicked
By Kenneth Jones
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 in a English-flavored "panto" production of A Snow White Christmas at Pasadena Playhouse.
The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions announced the cast and creative team for the show, which 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").
"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 cast also includes Jonathan Scott Meza as Muddles and David Figoli as Herman the Huntsman. Casting for Snow White's Prince will be announced.
The Seven Dwarfs will be cast from local children and auditions.
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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