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Pasadena Playhouse to Host 100th Birthday Celebration for Patricia MorisonPasadena Playhouse to Host 100th Birthday Celebration for Patricia Morison
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse presents A CONVERSATION WITH PATRICIA MORISON, a 100th Birthday Celebration, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. This special event, honoring Broadway legend Patricia Morison (the original star of KISS ME, KATE) four days before her 100th birthday, takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p,m. on The Playhouse's Engemann Family Courtyard. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse! to Host 100th Birthday Celebration for Patricia MorisonPasadena Playhouse! to Host 100th Birthday Celebration for Patricia Morison
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse presents A CONVERSATION WITH PATRICIA MORISON, a 100th Birthday Celebration, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. This special event, honoring Broadway legend Patricia Morison (the original star of KISS ME, KATE) four days before her 100th birthday, takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p,m. on The Playhouse's Engemann Family Courtyard. (more...)

East West Players Calls on American Theatre to Increase Diversity with '51 Percent' PlanEast West Players Calls on American Theatre to Increase Diversity with '51 Percent' Plan
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

East West Players (EWP), the nation's largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work and the longest-running professional theater of color in the country, is leading a 'call to action' to the American Theatre demanding equity, diversity and inclusion affecting artistic and production personnel as well as programming for the communities they serve. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Launches Theatre Initiative for Latino Community MI HISTORIA, MI MANERAPasadena Playhouse Launches Theatre Initiative for Latino Community MI HISTORIA, MI MANERA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps, and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) embarks on a new initiative titled Mi Historia, Mi Manera, which aims to build a model of artistic co-creation between its institution and Latina/o adults, artists, and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Mi Historia, Mi Manera is supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation, and is an extension of The Playhouse's long standing Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project, founded in 2005 by Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps. The Diversity Project is dedicated to promoting culturally diverse programming at The Pasadena Playhouse through the active engagement of artists, staff, volunteers and audiences of all ages, genders, orientations and ethnicities in exploring and celebrating the wealth of creativity in our world today. (more...)

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Adds 1/2 Performance at Pasadena PlayhouseSLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Adds 1/2 Performance at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Due to overwhelming demand, The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) have added a January 2, 2015 7:30pm performance of this year's Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. (more...)

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, Starring Disney's Olivia Holt, Opens Tonight at Pasadena PlayhouseSLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, Starring Disney's Olivia Holt, Opens Tonight at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) presents this year's Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, opening tonight, December 10, and playing through January 4, 2015. (more...)

Holiday Presentation Packages Now Being Offered at the Pasadena PlayhouseHoliday Presentation Packages Now Being Offered at the Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announce the debut of the 'Holiday Presentation Package.' Playhouse guests who have purchased tickets for the Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT may add tickets to Twilight Zone UnScripted: Holiday Edition for just $ 25 per ticket. In addition, Playhouse guests who attend Twilight Zone UnScripted: Holiday Edition can save 20% on tickets to SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. More information can be found at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office: 626-356-7529. (more...)

SDC Reveals Executive Board Election ResultsSDC Reveals Executive Board Election Results
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

On November 17, at the Annual Membership Meeting in New York City, SDC announced the results of the 2014 Executive Board Elections. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sharon Leal, Angela Lin, John Sloan, Brandon Scott and More in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISSPhoto Flash: First Look at Sharon Leal, Angela Lin, John Sloan, Brandon Scott and More in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) presents 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's Dreamgirls, Fox's "Boston Public," and Lionsgate's Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway's Chinglish), 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"). STOP KISS performs through November 30, 2014. (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke, Derek Klena and More Set for BREAKING THROUGH Industry Reading Today in NYCKatie Rose Clarke, Derek Klena and More Set for BREAKING THROUGH Industry Reading Today in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The new musical BREAKING THROUGH with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, will have an industry presentation today, November 5 at Carroll Studios in New York. (more...)

Sharon Leal, Angela Lin, Brandon Scott and More Star in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISS, Beginning TonightSharon Leal, Angela Lin, Brandon Scott and More Star in Pasadena Playhouse's STOP KISS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse presents 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's Dreamgirls, Fox's 'Boston Public,' and Lionsgate's Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway's Chinglish), 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 tonight, November 4 - 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014. (more...)

STOP KISS, WHERE WE BELONG World Premiere and More Set for Pasadena Playhouse's 2014-15 SeasonSTOP KISS, WHERE WE BELONG World Premiere and More Set for Pasadena Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced their 2014-2015 Season today, which includes the critically acclaimed STOP KISS by Diana Son; William Gibson's rarely produced TWO FOR THE SEESAW; a new production of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION; and an Artistic Director's Choice to be announced at a later date. (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke, Derek Klena and More Set for BREAKING THROUGH Industry Reading 11/5 in NYCKatie Rose Clarke, Derek Klena and More Set for BREAKING THROUGH Industry Reading 11/5 in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

The new musical BREAKING THROUGH with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, will have an industry presentation on Wednesday, November 5 at Carroll Studios in New York. (more...)

Garrett Clayton Joins Cast of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at The Pasadena PlayhouseGarrett Clayton Joins Cast of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at The Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

This just in! The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces Garrett Clayton (Disney's "Teen Beach Movie") as Sleeping Beauty's Prince of Alhambra in this year's Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. The cast also features previously announced 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 Wish, Ben Giroux as "Silly Billy" (CW's "Hart of Dixie). (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Adds South Coast Repertory's THE WHIPPING MAN to 2014-15 SeasonPasadena Playhouse Adds South Coast Repertory's THE WHIPPING MAN to 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that they will present Matthew Lopez's multi-award winning play THE WHIPPING MAN, which will replace the previously announced production of William Gibson's TWO FOR THE SEESAW as the fourth production of the 2014-2015 season. THE WHIPPING MAN is produced in association with South Coast Repertory, where the show will play January 4-25, 2015, and then transfer to The Pasadena Playhouse February 3 - March 1, 2015 with a press opening on February 4. (more...)

Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless, Tamyra Gray & More to Star in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at Pasadena PlayhouseOlivia Holt, Lucy Lawless, Tamyra Gray & More to Star in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse 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 Wish, Ben Giroux as "Silly Billy" (CW's "Hart of Dixie). (more...)

KISS ME, KATE, Featuring Wayne Brady, Enters Final Week of Performances in PasadenaKISS ME, KATE, Featuring Wayne Brady, Enters Final Week of Performances in Pasadena
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

KISS ME, KATE starring multi Emmy-Award Winning Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") as Fred/Petruchio, is in its final week, presented by The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) and closes October 12. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lilli/Kate and is directed by Sheldon Epps. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cole Porter Lives at Pasadena Playhouse with KISS ME KATEBWW Reviews: Cole Porter Lives at Pasadena Playhouse with KISS ME KATE
by Don Grigware - Sep 24, 2014

Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate is a timeless, delightful musical romp that can be seen again and again. It's an overblown, joyous account of two egotistical actors, once married to each other, who adore one another but just cannot be around each other very long without catastrophic, calamitous results. It's also a play within a play, as Lilli Vanessi (Merle Dandridge) and Fred Graham (Wayne Brady) are on tour essaying Katharine and Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Above all, the silly contrived story is overshadowed by Cole Porter's divine score with some of the most glorious tunes ever composed. Kiss Me Kate is a showcase to Porter's genius. The current revival at Pasadena Playhouse, although not any better than any of the other local revivals as of late, does boast the comical presence of Wayne Brady and the stunning talent of Merle Dandridge.. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway's Original 'Kate' Patricia Morison Visits KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena PlayhousePhoto Flash: Broadway's Original 'Kate' Patricia Morison Visits KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse presents multi-Emmy Award winning Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE, directed by Sheldon Epps. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lilli/Kate. KISS ME, KATE opened tonightperforms through October 12, 2014. The production opened last night, September 21, and Broadway's original 'Kate', Patricia Morison, visited the show - scroll down for a photo! (more...)

Wayne Brady Stars Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena PlayhouseWayne Brady Stars Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse welcomes Wayne Brady as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from today, September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. (more...)

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