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OLIVIA HOLT CAST AS ‘AURORA’ FOR PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ PANTO – JustJaredjr.com

Olivia Holt Cast As Aurora For Pasadena Playhouse's 'Sleeping Beauty' Panto!

Olivia Holt is seriously taking over the world and JJJ is loving it!

The 17-year-old I Didn’t Do It actress was just cast as Aurora for The Pasadena Playhouse’s upcoming Panto, Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight!

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STARS FROM DISNEY, “IDOL,” BROADWAY AND TV LINEUP FOR PANTO ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY,’ WITH SONGS BY JESSIE J AND MORE – Playbill.com

By Michael Gioia
22 Oct 2014

Tamyra Gray
Tamyra Gray

The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions will present the Panto at the Playhouse production of Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight beginning Dec. 10.

The cast will feature Disney recording artist Olivia Holt (Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It”) as Aurora, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”) as Carabosse, David Engel (La Cage aux Folles, Seussical) as Nanny Tickle, Tamyra Gray (“American Idol,” Bombay Dreams, Rent) as The Good Fairy and Ben Giroux (CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” Panto at the Playhouse’s Aladdin and His Winter Wish) as Silly Billy.

Performances will continue through Jan. 4, 2015, at The Pasadena Playhouse…

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – LAArtsBlog.com

PASADENA, CA (October 21, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announce cast members for this year’s Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. The cast will feature Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as “Aurora” (Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It”), Lucy Lawless as “Carabosse” (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”), David Engel as “Nanny Tickle” (Broadway’s “La Cage aux Folles,” “Seussical”), Tamyra Gray as “The Good Fairy” (“American Idol,” Broadway’s “Bombay Dreams” and “Rent”) and returning from last year’s Panto at the Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter WishBen Giroux as “Silly Billy” (CW’s “Hart of Dixie)…

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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – TheFairyTaleSite.net

If you are going to be in the Pasadena area during the holidays, treat yourself and your family to The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions’ “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight”. Casting has finished and the lineup is pretty impressive, featuring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless. For complete information, including the full schedule and tickets, read the press release below…

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…THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED THE CAST FOR THIS YEAR’S PANTO AT THE PLAYHOUSE ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – MusicalsinLA.Blogspot.com

By Ellen Dostal

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced the cast for this year’s Panto at the Playhouse Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight. Disney recording artist Olivia Holt will star as Aurora, Lucy Lawless as Carabosse, David Engel as Nanny Tickle, Tamyra Gray as The Good Fairy and returning from last year’s Panto production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Ben Giroux as Silly Billy. Sleeping Beauty opens Dec. 10 and plays through Jan. 4, 2015. Also returning for the production are director Bonnie Lythgoe, choreographer Spencer Liff, and musical director Michael Orland. The book is by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions, and the LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery. Tickets and information: (626) 356-7529 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.com

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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS ‘LAVENDER NIGHT OUT,’ A BENEFIT IN SUPPORT OF ART, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY – StyleMagazine.com

Featuring a Premiere Week performance of STOP KISS

Jo-Carolyn Goode | , Style Magazine Newswire | 10/20/2014, 5:02 p.m.
The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) presents Lavender Night Out a benefit in support ...

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PASADENA, CA (October 20, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) presents Lavender Night Out a benefit in support of art, inclusion and equality featuring a Premiere Week performance of Diana Son’s GLADD Media Award winning play STOP KISS on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The festivities start at 6:30pm at The Pasadena Playhouse, with the STOP KISS performance at 8:00pm followed by dessert and drinks with the cast and director…

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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS ‘LAVENDER NIGHT OUT,’ A BENEFIT IN SUPPORT OF ART, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY – PasadenaNow.com

From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Monday, October 20, 2014 | 1:37 PM

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) presents Lavender Night Out a benefit in support of art, inclusion and equality featuring a Premiere Week performance of Diana Son’s GLADD Media Award winning play STOP KISS on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse, with the STOP KISS performance at 8:00 p.m. followed by dessert and drinks with the cast and director.

Lavender Night Out supports The Pasadena Playhouse’s Theatrical Diversity Project, which is committed to bravely serving and representing the LGBTQ and other communities that broaden the diversity, equality and inclusion of American theatre through new play development and main stage productions…

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NAACP Theatre Award Nominations!

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Beverly Hills, California– The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announced nominations in 32 competitive categories for the 24th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards.  This year’s show will be hosted by Kym Whitley, star of the humorous and poignant docu-series “Raising Whitley” on Oprah Winfrey’s The OWN Network.  The awards show will take place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00P.M. at the historical Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

Pasadena Playhouse Nominees are:

Best Choreography – Equity- Smoking Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber
and Stoller – Jeffrey Polk

Best Costumes – Equity- One Night with Janis Joplin – Jeff Cone

Best Director – Equity- 12 Angry Men – Sheldon Epps

Best Director of a Musical – Equity -One Night with Janis Joplin –
Randy Johnson and Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller –
Jeffrey Polk

Best Set Design – Equity -One Night with Janis Joplin – Justin Townsend

Best Sound – Equity- One Night with Janis Joplin – Carl Cassella

Best Supporting Female – Equity- One Night with Janis Joplin – Sebrina
Elayne Carter

Best Ensemble Cast – Equity- 12 Angry Men

Best Lead Female – Equity- Letters from Zora:In Her Own Words –
Vanessa Bell Calloway

Best Lighting – Equity- 12 Angry Men – Brian L. Gale

Best Music Director – Equity- One Night With Janis Joplin – Len Rhodes
and Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller – Abdul Hamid
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Best Playwright – Equity- 12 Angry Men – Reginald Rose and Letters
from Zora: In Her Own Words – Gabrielle Pina

Best Producer – Equity- 12 Angry Men

For more information about the awards ceremony please visit:

Press Release: Announcing the Cast for STOP KISS by Diana Son

THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE Announces the Cast for STOP KISS
By Diana Son

Starring
Sharon Leal and Angela Lin

With
John Sloan, Brandon Scott, Amanda Carlin and Jeff De Serrano

Directed by Seema Sueko
Sueko to Make Playhouse Directorial Debut

November 4-30, 2014
at The Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announces the cast of STOP KISS, the second production of its 2014-2015 Season. Written by Diana Son and directed by Pasadena Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Seema Sueko, STOP KISS stars Sharon Leal (Bill Condon’sDreamgirls, Fox’s “Boston Public,” and Lionsgate’s Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway’sChinglish), John Sloan (Fox’s “Happy Hour”), Brandon Scott (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Amanda Carlin (Liar Liar), and Jeff De Serrano (A&E’s “Longmire”). The production is performed November 4 – 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014.

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse says, “I am thrilled that Seema is making her PLAYHOUSE directorial debut with this provocative and still timely play.  I feel certain that she and her sterling cast will strongly deliver this stimulating experience with theatrical verve and great power.”

STOP KISS Director Seema Sueko says “STOP KISS is a play that succeeds on the talent of the actors — their abilities to capture the nuance and comedy of a growing attraction, the complexity of the aftermath of a trauma, and the joy of discovering one’s voice.  We have, in this cast, deeply talented actors who have what it takes to bounce Diana Son’s text through the roof. I’m honored to work with them.”

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ABC News: Behind-The-Scenes Look at Wayne Brady in “Kiss Me, Kate”

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The multi-Emmy Award winner, who leads a talented cast in the upcoming production, has made a name for himself in many different entertainment genres. Brady has been entertaining audiences for years with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage.

“That’s the cool part about people knowing you for different things. I actually think it means that I’ve been successful in the one hope that I had as a kid. I said, ‘I just want to work,'” he said.

The actor and comedian added that the production is “uniquely American” and it made him feel good to be cast in something special.

“It really lets you rip loose and go, ‘this is it, this is every trick.’ And it works because I think that’s the American way of life when it comes to anything – theater, cars, cinema, science – we just go for it,” Brady said.

The Tony Award-winning musical features music and lyrics by Broadway composer Cole Porter. Brady said it wasn’t until learning the music for “Kiss Me, Kate” that he truly began to appreciate Porter’s work, and he hopes audiences will feel the same way.

“Listen to the lyrics, the man’s a poet,” he said. “You know kids, I love hip hop too, but next time instead of just turning on Jay Z – listen to some Cole Porter and you can hear someone really, really kill it.”

“Kiss Me, Kate” opens at the playhouse on Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 12. For more information about the show and how to buy tickets, go to the Pasadena Playhouse’s website,PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

 

Source: WAYNE BRADY TO STAR IN ‘KISS ME, KATE’ AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE