It's Drag Queen Time, Oh no! It's Just Panto - Same thing, right?
|'The Krankies' were always into a bit of cross dressing, esp on Children's TV|
The Lythgoes - We all know Nigel, Mega Producer and Judge on SYTYCD, but now lets make room for his son Kris. Together they are producing LA's first British themed Panto.
The above clip is from The Paul O'Grady Show. This will give you Americans an idea of what Panto is all about.
The Lythgoes' first production is "Cinderella", starring a quality cast of actors such as Harry Potter star Freddie Stroma as Prince Charming. Stroma can be seen playing Cormac McLaggen in the upcoming Potter installment – The Half Blood Prince. Other players include Jerry Mathers from Leave it to Beaver, Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren as The Fairy Godmother, with newcomer Veronica Dunne in the title role.
Of course the family appear to have pulled in a few favors too, by getting Dancing With The Stars ‘dancer’ Mark Ballas to choreograph the whole thing, with Bonnie [Lythgoe] directing. What a mix!
They’ve even named the cross-dressing ‘ugly sisters’ after American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell. Kris told Page Six: “I’ve deliberately spelled the sisters’ names differently. I hope Simon and Ryan get the joke.”
The curtain goes up at the El Portal Theatre November 27th, and runs till December 19th. Tickets are selling fast, so I’d order them pronto as this show promises to be one big ‘camp’ affair!
“Oh yes it will!”
Call the box office to order on: 818 508 4200 or Toll free on 866 811 4111. Use the Code Brits for $10 discount!
Just in ... a sneak preview from the actual show!!