December 14, 2014 7:14 PM MST
“Sleeping Beauty” told panto-style is fabulous fun for the whole family. Third in what has become a tradition of Panto at The Pasadena Playhouse in collaboration with Lythgoe Family Productions, “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight” opened Thursday, December 11, 2014 featuring a stellar cast of singers, dancers and actors with great comic sensibilities. While targeted to youngsters and teens, there are plenty of jokes to keep the adults entertained.
Christmas is right around the corner and there are so many great family friendly holiday shows playing locally for everyone to enjoy. The Pasadena Playhouse continues their seasonal tradition by presenting their holiday offering of Panto at the Playhouse with “Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight.”
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
…if you’re looking for an invigorating, unpredictable production that is a real kick-in-the-pants with catchy top-40 tunes, big doses of humor and some names your teens will swoon over – I suggest you definitely check out SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at the Pasadena Playhouse. Don’t worry – the princess still gets the prince in the end of this production, too. She just gets to sing a John Legend song while it’s happening.
REVIEW: THE PANTO IN PASADENA STARS LUCY LAWLESS AND HAS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ AND TINDER JOKES (GO!) – LAWeekly.com
|Philicia EndelmanLucy Lawless, formerly of Xena: Warrior Princess is bad to the bone in Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at the Pasadena Playhouse.|
Three years in, audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto (as in “pantomime”), the interactive, 100 year-old theatrical tradition that sweeps the United Kingdom during the holidays. Pitched as an alternative to the perennial Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers, at least on this side of the pond, the contemporary panto features classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes, Billboard pop songs and a cast of recognizable faces. The Playhouse’s third outing, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and written by her son Kris Lythgoe, follows previous adaptations of Aladdin and Snow White and features Olivia Holt of the Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It as Aurora and Lucy Lawless, former badass warrior princess Xena, as the evil fairy.
Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight
In Britain, the “panto” has been a beloved theatrical style since the early 18th century.
Always a comedy, somewhere between burlesque and “Saturday Night Live,” it contains specific characters, silly comic stylings and a few hard-and-fast traditions. The most prominent of these is a character classified as “The Dame,” an over-the-top, overtly commanding woman always played by a man. Though the jokes change with the era, and the popular songs injected into the piece shift with the times as well, the panto continues to be an integral form of entertainment in the British world.
And just to prove that when it rains, it pours – at least when it comes to fun theatre – it’s panto season back home but you can get your fix locally with a new production of Sleeping Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Lucy Lawless.. So for plenty of ‘he’s behind you”, and a bit of “Oh, no he didn’t” get your tickets now. Check out the link at the top of the British Weekly homepage (www.british-weekly.com)…
As is often the case, the good folk of Pasadena seem to be hogging all the good theater. The Lythgoe family brings back its immensely and deservedly popular Christmas panto for another year at the Pasadena Playhouse, combining a classic tale with a pleasing array of holiday cliches, popular music, shoulda-seen-it-coming humor (“Oh no they didn’t!”), audience participation (“Oh yes we did!”), and stars we love (Xena Warrior Princess as Maleficent – how cool is that?!). There is enough fun to be had in this show for young and old to merit driving to Pasadena from anywhere in the Southland…
REVIEW: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT’ – THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY TREAT – MusicalsinLA.blogspot.com
Saturday, December 13, 2014
|L-R: David Engel, Ben Giroux, Garrett Clayton, Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless
and Patrick Cassidy. Photos by Philicia Endelman.
The faces couldn’t get any fresher and the energy couldn’t be any brighter in Lythgoe Family Productions and the Pasadena Playhouse’s latest Panto at the Playhouse, Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight. The show is Adorable with a capital A!, and packed with top-notch talent that includes a Disney pop princess (Olivia Holt), a teenage heartthrob (Garrett Clayton), a beautiful Amazonian villainess (Lucy Lawless), an American Idol belter (Tamyra Gray), a silver fox of a king (Patrick Cassidy), a pint-size television comic (Ben Giroux) and a multi-talented Broadway veteran (David Engel)…