Mark Ballas is going to choreograph a new musical called “A Snow White Christmas” which will premiere over the 2011 holiday season. The production will be produced by Bonnie Lythgoe. It will feature ‘family-friendly’ magic with a comedic twist and modern music which will include Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, The Village People’s “YMCA”, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Sounds just like the kind of project Mark would want to get his teeth into. Interesting Note: One of the leads will be played by Marina Sirtis who has recently expressed a strong desire to dance on Dancing With The Stars this next season. Dates and details below from Playbill.com for those interested.
Lythgoe Family Productions and Magic Pictures International’s 2011 holiday season of traditional British family Panto will include the premiere of A Snow White Christmas and the return engagement of A Cinderella Christmas.
A Snow White Christmas is scheduled to run Nov. 30-Dec. 18 at the El Portal Theatre, while A Cinderella Christmas will be seen Dec. 22, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012, at The Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks.
Neil Patrick Harris has signed on to star in the on-screen special-guest role of The Magic Mirror in Snow White opposite Marina Sirtis, of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame, as The Wicked Queen. The production will be helmed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Mark Ballas with Michael Orland serving as musical director. An updated version of the classic tale, Snow White features family-friendly magic, a comedic twist and modern music, including Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” The Village People’s “YMCA” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
For tickets for the run of shows, be sure to visit Mpient.com.
Heidi’s Note: You may remember that Mark did last years Cinderella at the El Portal with Bonnie Lythgoe. Derek was originally scheduled to choreograph but had a schedule conflict of some sort, so Mark took over. It appears to have paid off a bit, eh? :-)