Rent and "American Idol" Performer Tamyra Gray Will Twist in Pasadena

News   Rent and "American Idol" Performer Tamyra Gray Will Twist in Pasadena
"American Idol" finalist Tamyra Gray will star in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Twist, a funky take on the classic Charles Dickens tale "Oliver Twist," which will begin performances June 14.

Tamyra Gray joins the cast of Rent.
Tamyra Gray joins the cast of Rent.

Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen again directs and choreographs the musical that 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.

Twist will officially open June 26 for a run through July 17 at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Grey, who also appeared on Broadway in Rent and Bombay Dreams, will step into the role of Della, which is based on the character of Nancy from Dickens' original.

According to Pasadena, "Tamyra will portray a nightclub singer with a dream and a past. Della's encounter/meeting with 'Twist' changes their lives forever."

Additional cast and creative duties will be announced shortly.

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.

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