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Bruce Vilanch To Play Widow Twankey’ in Pasadena Playhouse’s ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AMBruce Vilanch has been announced to play Widow Twankey in The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP), ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring previously announced Ben Vereen (Broadway’s Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as “The Genie,” JorDan Fisher as “Aladdin” (Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as “The Princess” (Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP) and Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”) as “The Sultan.”

Returning from last year’s hugely successful inaugural “Panto at The Playhouse” production of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, will be director Bonnie Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”), choreographer Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee “So You Think You Can Dance”) and musical director Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Performances will begin December 11 through December 29, with a gala press opening night on Wednesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse. Single tickets are also now on sale.

Commenting on the announcement, lead producers at Lythgoe Family Productions, Kris and Becky Lythgoe said, “We are so thrilled to have Bruce Vilanch join the cast of ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH. Widow Twankey (Aladdin’s Mother in British Panto) is a role that demands expert comedic timing and improv skill, a role played by the top comedians and actors in the UK —including Sir Ian McKellen. Bruce Vilanch with his musical theatre prowess and comedic finesse was born to play the role of Widow Twankey. With Mr. Vilanch our audiences are assured a night of holiday entertainment and laughter they will not soon forget!”

Bruce Vilanch is no stranger to dressing up like a woman, on stage at least. For two years he starred as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, playing the Pantages in Hollywood and then a year on Broadway. As a man, and a man with a beard, yet, he could be found to the left of Whoopi Goldberg, if that’s possible, on “Hollywood Squares” for half a dozen years. He’s won a bunch of Emmys, and lost a bunch more, for his television writing, which includes 23 Oscar broadcasts. He is also a songwriter, a comedian with a one-man show that tours all over the place and a print model for magazines that have extra-large pages. Make that double XL. You can find him on Netflix as the star of a documentary the Weinsteins made about him, entitled Get Bruce. And he went on “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost 21 lbs, but he found them. happy new year!

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.

An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live pony and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) and many more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102! Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a Citi Presents: Winter Wonderland event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, and photo opportunities, as well as special on-site benefits for Citi cardmembers.”

In addition to director Bonnie Lythgoe, the creative team for ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH includes choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for “So You Think You Can Dance”), musical direction by Michael Orland (“American Idol”), book by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions and LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.

ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH will be performed December 11 – 29, 2013 with a gala press opening on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets are now on sale. Citi cardmembers can purchase Citi Cardmember tickets with special Preferred Pricing, as well as VIP benefits and access for select shows at

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (Dec. 24 only); Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Friday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tickets for ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH range from $34.00 – $75.00, plus Premium. Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine ranging from $25.00 – $48.00. Golden Tickets are available for an additional $100.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance. A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production. Ticket price includes pre-show Winter Wonderland courtyard festivities with carolers, crafts, games, visits with Santa and other surprises. Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.

Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available 24 hours online at Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit

Two student matinee performances, allowing local school children to see ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, have been scheduled for December 12 and 13. Ovation, America’s only arts network and the home of arts-centric series including “James Franco Presents” (James Franco), “The Fashion Fund” (Anna Wintour), and “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” (Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe) will once again sponsor transportation for the student matinees, allowing over 1,500 children the opportunity to experience the arts for the very first time.

Photo Credit: Rick Stockwell

Bruce Vilanch Headlines “Hollywood Dine and Dish: The Tinseltown Stories You Haven’t Heard,” on Nov. 15.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Palm Springs Life
Jackie Collins, Michael Childers, Bruce Vilanch Headline AIDS Benefit
Trio bring star power, will dish Hollywood secrets at Nov. 15 event
Oct 7, 2013

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New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins, award winning photographer of the stars Michael Childers, and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (pictured left) are joining forces to co-host “Hollywood Dine and Dish: The Tinseltown Stories You Haven’t Heard,” on Nov. 15.

This evening benefits the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) in Palm Springs, and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dinner courtesy of Brad and Lynne Toles of Savoury’s Catering. The event will take place in Rancho Mirage at the Waterford estate of Bob Deville and Bob Bennion, co-owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California.

Proceeds from each ticket purchased will go directly to AAP, according to Executive Director Mark Anton.

Tickets are available for $1,000 per person or $1,500 per couple. The cost is tax deductible. Remaining seats may also be purchased during the live auction at the “Evening Under the Stars” gala featuring Cyndi Lauper on May 11. To attend the event, call Anton at (760) 325-8481.

Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and dubbed “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With more than 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists.

Childers is one of the entertainment industry’s most renowned and highly respected portrait, fashion and art photographers who began his career in the 1960s and continues to influence the world of art photography today. He has been instrumental in capturing the beauty and magnetism of such explosive young stars as Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Richard Gere, John Travolta, Sissy Spacek and Michelle Pfeiffer, Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, and Elton John.

Vilanch is a two-faced fella: Bearded, he is one of the most sought-after comedy writers in Hollywood, winner of a bunch of Emmys, and noted as the “Hollywood Square” just to the left of Whoopi Goldberg. Shaved, he spent two years as Edna Turnblad, Baltimore housewife and superstar, on tour and on Broadway, in the smash musical adaptation of the John Waters film, Hairspray.

In addition to Hairspray, he has appeared in Ice Pirates, Mahogany, and The Morning After. A frequent guest on talk shows, Vilanch won his Emmys for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal. He was also nominated for an Emmy as a lyricist on Eartha Kitt’s gold-selling album, “Where Is My Man”.

For more information about AAP, visit

Larry King Hosts All-Star Comedy Tribute to George Schlatter

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Former cast members Lily Tomlin, Arte Johnson and JoAnne Worley are set to be on hand, along with Shirley MacLaine, Fred Willard, Kirk Douglas, Tim Conway and others to sock it to Emmy-winning TV producer George Schlatter, creator of the ground-breaking sketch show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Larry King hosts this evening of live comedy and classic clips, with a video tribute from Goldie Hawn, who first gained fame as a ditzy go-go dancer on the show. The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate points directly at Schlatter for this Pepperdine University event, which is also scheduled to feature Bruce Vilanch, Jerry Weintraub and David Foster.

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Saban Theatre (8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211)

Bruce Vilanch Six Time Emmy Award Winner to Appear at 54 Below

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Bruce Vilanch Six Time Emmy Award Winner to Appear at 54 Below


Bruce Vilanch is ready to rumble at Broadway’s Nightclub 54 Below on June 13 and 14 as (in his own words) he “is currently celebrating his fifteenth year as Lindsay Lohan’s sobriety coach.”

Vilanch is surely old enough to remember when . . . and is set to make with the funnies and sing a little this and a little that.

A veteran of Broadway’s “Hairspray” and TV’s “Hollywood Squares,” Bruce has a lot to say about a lot of things!

Come laugh along on June 13 and 14 at 54 Below, 254 West 54 Street (Cellar), NYC


Photo: Bruce Vilanch will take the stage at 54 Below on June 13 and 14

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Bruce Vilanch will take the stage at 54 Below on June 13 and 14.


Bruce Vilanch Brings Comedy To Mahwah, New Jersey April 27, 2013

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Mahwah Patch
Academy Awards Head Writer Coming to Mahwah
April 10, 2013


Bruce Vilanch is coming to Mahwah for a one-night stand-up comedy gig, Ramapo College announced this week. The College’s Berrie Center released the following information about the event:

Multi Emmy AwardWinner Bruce Vilanch brings his hysterical standup act to the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m.

Vilanch has been the head writer for the past 23 Academy Award ceremonies. Bruce Vilanch has also written for hosts such as David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and James Franco. Additionally, he has written for Bette Midler, Cher, Robin Williams, Diana Ross and Star Wars Jedis. Roger Ebert praised Bruce Vilanch as being  “a foil, a collaborator, a dueling partner, [and] a lateral thinker,” who helps stars and hosts move in the direction they want to go.

Audiences may recognize Bruce Vilanch for his years on television’s Hollywood Squares with Whoopi Goldberg and for his Broadway run as “Edna Turnblad” in the smash hit “Hairspray.” Vilanch has also been featured in the TV-movie “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas” and the documentary “Get Bruce!

Tickets for Comedy with Bruce Vilanch are $35, $32 and $25. To purchase tickets, phone the box office at (201) 684-7844 or go online.