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Pasadena's Panto at The Playhouse Announces 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' Breakfasts, LotteryPasadena's Panto at The Playhouse Announces 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' Breakfasts, Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse adds to the excitement of this year's Panto at The Playhouse production of PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS with special Peter Pan and Tinker Bell breakfasts on select days (which can be enjoyed with or without tickets to the show) and, as a way of giving back to the community with the record-breaking success of this year's production, a one day only, Pay-What-You-Can Lottery on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. † (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at John O'Hurley, Kevin Quinn, Sabrina Carpenter and More in 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' at Pasadena PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at John O'Hurley, Kevin Quinn, Sabrina Carpenter and More in 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) recently opened†Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. The cast features Sabrina Carpenter as 'Wendy' ('Girl Meets World', Hollywood Records recording artist), Kevin Quinn as 'Peter Pan' ('Bunk'd,' Season 12 of 'American Idol', 'Adventures in Babysitting'), Nikki SooHoo as 'Tiger Lily' ('The Lovely Bones,' 'Bring It On: Fight to the Finish' and 'Stick It'), Corey Fogelmanis as 'John' ('Girl Meets World'), and August Maturo as 'Michael' ('Girl Meets World'). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: PETER PAN Panto at Pasadena Playhouse Less CharmingBWW Review: PETER PAN Panto at Pasadena Playhouse Less Charming
by Don Grigware - Dec 15, 2015

For the last few years the†uber talented†Lythgoe family†have been entertaining us at Christmastime, first at the El Portal in NoHo and now at the Pasadena Playhouse with a†British style panto.†A panto†is an interactive entertainment that starts with a very contemporary retelling of a fairy tale such as†Snow White, Cinderella,†Sleeping Beauty, or in this case†Peter Pan†and turns it into a fun imaginative show with music that will appeal to both children and their parents. There's usually an actor in drag - none here, and a villain (John O'Hurley as Captain Hook) ... and audience are encouraged to root for the heroes and HISS loudly at the villains. O'Hurley merely needs to turn on that magnificent voice to seize control of the audience, after which kids and adults boo and boo some more. It's all in amusement, of course, and this year's†Peter Pan and Tinker Bell A Pirate's Christmas†is all good fun with an excellent cast, some fine pop singing and fast-paced dancing... and, first and foremost, a pleasant script by Kris Lythgoe. I feel that some elements of the traditional†Peter Pan†telling should have been left in tact. For whatever reason, Lythgoe made some less†appealing changes. (more...)

Photo Flash: PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening at Pasadena PlayhousePhoto Flash: PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

The†Pasadena Playhouse†and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) just opened Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. The cast features†Sabrina Carpenter†as 'Wendy' ('Girl Meets World', Hollywood Records recording artist),†Kevin Quinn†as 'Peter Pan' ('Bunk'd,' Season 12 of 'American Idol', 'Adventures in Babysitting'), Nikki SooHoo as 'Tiger Lily' ('The Lovely Bones,' 'Bring It On: Fight to the Finish' and 'Stick It'), Corey Fogelmanis as 'John' ('Girl Meets World'), and August Maturo as 'Michael' ('Girl Meets World'). Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities, plus, click here for a†behind-the-scenes look at opening night! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of Opening Night of PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at Pasadena PlayhouseSTAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of Opening Night of PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2015

The†Pasadena Playhouse†(Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) opened Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. The cast features†Sabrina Carpenter†as 'Wendy' ('Girl Meets World', Hollywood Records recording artist),†Kevin Quinn†as 'Peter Pan' ('Bunk'd,' Season 12 of 'American Idol', 'Adventures in Babysitting'), Nikki SooHoo as 'Tiger Lily' ('The Lovely Bones,' 'Bring It On: Fight to the Finish' and 'Stick It'), Corey Fogelmanis as 'John' ('Girl Meets World'), and August Maturo as 'Michael' ('Girl Meets World'). Check out a behind the scenes look at opening night in the video†below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: John O'Hurley, Sabrina Carpenter and Chrissie Fit Talk PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS on Local TVSTAGE TUBE: John O'Hurley, Sabrina Carpenter and Chrissie Fit Talk PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS on Local TV
by Stage Tube - Dec 8, 2015

The†Pasadena Playhouse†(Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' Broadway's Chicago, 'Dancing With The Stars,' National Tour and Vegas production of Spamalot) as Captain Hook, Chrissie Fit ('Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Teen Beach Movie') as Tinker Bell, and†Parvesh Cheena(NBC's 'Outsourced', 'A to Z' and 'Transformer Rescue Bots.') as Smee in this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. In the videos below, John O'Hurley, Sabrina Carpenter and Chrissie Fit talk about†the show on local TV. †Check it out below! (more...)

L.A.F.P.D. Canine Joins Company of Pasadena Playhouse's PETER PAN AND TINKER BELLL.A.F.P.D. Canine Joins Company of Pasadena Playhouse's PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today that Wilshire The L.A.F.D. Fire Dog, will play the role of "Nana" in this year's Panto at The Playhouse production of PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS for one day only, on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Wilshire, a Dalmatian, has served as the L.A.F.D. Fire Dog since he was taken in as a rescue puppy by the firefighters at the Wilshire Blvd. fire station on St. Patrick's Day, 2006. (more...)

The Pasadena Playhouse Brings Panto to School Children for the Holidays!The Pasadena Playhouse Brings Panto to School Children for the Holidays!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

?The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today that the opening night celebration of this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 will be dedicated as a benefit event with proceeds supporting student matinee performances over the holiday season. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse's PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Opening to Benefit Holiday School PerformancesPasadena Playhouse's PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Opening to Benefit Holiday School Performances
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that the opening night celebration of this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 will be dedicated as a benefit event with proceeds supporting student matinee performances over the holiday season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS, at Pasadena PlayhouseSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS, at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Nov 11, 2015

The†Pasadena Playhouse†(Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' Broadway's Chicago, 'Dancing With The Stars,' National Tour and Vegas production of Spamalot) as Captain Hook, Chrissie Fit ('Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Teen Beach Movie') as Tinker Bell, and†Parvesh Cheena(NBC's 'Outsourced', 'A to Z' and 'Transformer Rescue Bots.') as Smee in this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. †Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Liza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, and More to Play the Smith CenterLiza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, and More to Play the Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts welcomes world-renowned performers, family programming and returning favorites as part of the 2016 winter/spring season. (more...)

CHICAGO's John O'Hurley and PITCH PERFECT 2's Chrissie Fit Join 'PETER PAN' at Pasadena PlayhouseCHICAGO's John O'Hurley and PITCH PERFECT 2's Chrissie Fit Join 'PETER PAN' at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

This just in! BroadwayWorld is excited to report that Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) will welcome John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' Broadway's Chicago, 'Dancing With The Stars,' National Tour and Vegas production of Spamalot) as Captain Hook, Chrissie Fit ('Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Teen Beach Movie') as Tinker Bell, and Parvesh Cheena (NBC's 'Outsourced', 'A to Z' and 'Transformer Rescue Bots.') as Smee in this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. (more...)

John O'Hurley, Chrissie Fit & More to Star in PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at Pasadena PlayhouseJohn O'Hurley, Chrissie Fit & More to Star in PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

This just in! The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' Broadway's Chicago, 'Dancing With The Stars,' National Tour and Vegas production of Spamalot) as Captain Hook, Chrissie Fit ('Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Teen Beach Movie') as Tinker Bell, and Parvesh Cheena (NBC's 'Outsourced', 'A to Z' and 'Transformer Rescue Bots.') as Smee in this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse & Lythgoe Family Productions to Present A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMASLaguna Playhouse & Lythgoe Family Productions to Present A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Productions are thrilled to announce a very special Holiday event, A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, featuring Lindsay Pearce ('Glee') as Snow White, Marina Sirtis ('Star Trek: The Next Generation') as the Wicked Queen and an on-screen appearance by Tony award-winner Neil Patrick Harris as the Magic Mirror ('Best Thing Ever with Neil Patrick Harris). (more...)

GIRL MEETS WORLD Star to Lead 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' at Pasadena PlayhouseGIRL MEETS WORLD Star to Lead 'PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL' at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announce cast members for this year's Panto at the Playhouse PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS' Erich Bergen to Play Live in Concert at Metropolis Next MonthJERSEY BOYS' Erich Bergen to Play Live in Concert at Metropolis Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Metropolis and Michael Ingersoll present the exciting musical event Erich Bergen Live in Concert on November 8, 2015. (more...)

Lythgoe Family Productions to Stage Two Holiday Pantos in SoCal with Choreography by SPRING AWAKENING's Spencer LiffLythgoe Family Productions to Stage Two Holiday Pantos in SoCal with Choreography by SPRING AWAKENING's Spencer Liff
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces the expansion of their family friendly pantos this holiday season with two productions playing concurrently in Southern California - A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, directed by Chris Baldock, playing December 2-27 at the Laguna Playhouse, and PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL - A PIRATES CHRISTMAS, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, playing December 9 - January 3 at The Pasadena Playhouse. (more...)

Christina Bianco Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 11/12Christina Bianco Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Acclaimed singer, actor and impressionist Christina Bianco returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her acclaimed new solo show, Party of One, for one performance only - Thursday, November 12 at 8 p.m. In this new show, Christina shares her eclectic musical and artistic influences.† (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Founded by BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling (On-air Producer and Host for live entertainment news events in Los Angeles), Sterling's Upstairs first opened its doors at the renowned Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA. where it single handedly brought back to Los Angeles the art of intimate upscale cabaret concerts which had all but vanished from the cultural scene in movie town, USA.† However, in due time, the venue was whole heartedly embraced by enthusiasts of LA's performing arts community and continued to thrive for 6 successful years in a former storage room that was transformed by Sterling into a true supper club environment. † (more...)

BWW Reviews: Actress/Singer CANDI MILO Slays at the FederalBWW Reviews: Actress/Singer CANDI MILO Slays at the Federal
by Don Grigware - Jun 30, 2015

On Sunday June 28, actress/singer Candi Milo brought her one.of.a.kind comedic cabaret to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal and boy, oh boy, is she funny. 'How funny?' you may query. This little lady grew up in a mental institution - well, her father ran one in their home, so she was exposed to craziness at a tender age...and on top of that, she's Italian...and a voice-over artist who does many, many cartoon voices to amazing perfection, starting with Sweetie Pie. She was also a member of 'The Mighty Carson Art Players' on†The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.†What fabulous improvisational training!†So it's no surprise that the lady knows how to get a laugh. Humor comes gushing out of her the minute she opens her mouth, and it's never forced. It's all natural and with a multitude of sarcastic asides, it works deliciously on a cabaret stage. (more...)

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