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Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a family treat for the holidays.

A modern twist on the classic story of a street rat and a magical genie, with modern pop songs such as “Treasure,” “Walking on Sunshine” and “Old Time Rock & Roll.” Don’t miss this wonderful family panto, Aladdin and His Winter Wish, full of colorful costumes, dancing, a princess, an evil magician and a camel. From Lythgoe Family Productions – best known for the hit television shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known hit songs for kids. The Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America while creating a memorable experience a family can share together.

CEO Kris Lythgoe explains, “The drive of Lythgoe Family Productions is to introduce kids and lower-income families to theater. Our big goal is to get kids into theaters.” “Panto is affordable and multigenerational,” adds Becky Lythgoe, Producer and Co-Founder.

Through their non-profit arm, Give Kids Panto, the Lythgoes create a free educational matinee to give children the opportunity to experience live theater for the first time at the holidays, underwritten by grants from the foundation. 

There is an opportunity to create a Winter Wonderland lobby experience for families with activities such as face painting, coloring, costume contest and photo booth – great for getting families to the theater early and for sponsor activation.

The productions are also available in a non-holiday version, perfect for Summer family musical programming. 

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Also from Lythgoe Family Panto

The productions created by Lythgoe Family Panto include Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Beauty and the Beast, A Cinderella Christmas, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas, and Wonderful Winter of Oz.


“Filled with adorkable, slapstick humor, cleverly repurposed pop songs, and a seemingly endless parade of dad jokes, Lythgoe Family Panto’s amusing new production is undeniably merry.”
– BroadwayWorld

“Campy and whimsical in the most G-rated way possible; irresistibly entertaining musical comedy.”
– BroadwayWorld

“Featuring outstanding choreography from director Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance), the show is a visual treat on top of being a fun and frothy pop music showcase, which includes cheeky uses of tunes from Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Earth Wind and Fire, Katrina and the Waves, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.”
– BroadwayWorld

“The colorful, whimsical sets designed by Ian Wilson feel like delightful illustrations blown up to life-size from a children’s book, while the costumes provided by Albermarle Productions are sparkly and rainbow bright. Lighting designer Glenn Powell fulfills each scene’s mood perfectly, particularly in the scenes inside the cave.”
– BroadwayWorld


“The sweet-natured approach proves irresistible. Audiences are encouraged to boo villainous Abanazar; cheer Aladdin and his proto-feminist Princess; get down with the mega-hip Genie; and more, right through to the festive finale.” 
– Los Angeles Times

“Musical director-arranger Michael Orland and choreographer Spencer Liff bring an impressive finesse to retooled pop standards whose sources range from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lawrence of Arabia” to Ray Charles and Bruno Mars.”
– Los Angeles Times

“The splashy designs approach Radio City Music Hall levels, particularly Chris Wilcox’s spectacular lighting and the witty costumes by Albemarle Productions, and everyone onstage exudes magic-carpet buoyancy.”
– Los Angeles Times

More reviews about Lythgoe Family Panto

“Lythgoe Family Productions, which puts on interactive, Broadway-style musicals for kids, is becoming something of a force in live, family-friendly entertainment. Lythgoe shows reinterpret panto — the British Christmas tradition dating to the 1700s of musical comedy that mixes classic fairy tales with modern pop songs.”
– Los Angeles Times

“As this is a panto, the show subscribes to the time-honored tradition of reworking a well-known fairy tale and then skewering it with a self-aware, meta-sensibility—throwing in vaudevillian-like gags, light and inoffensive jokes, topical (and, often, location-based) humor, and plenty of audience participation to keep everyone part of the fun. And like most pantos, the show does indeed break the fourth wall at almost every opportunity—and encouraging the audience to be just as much of a participant in the proceedings as the actors are on stage.”
– BroadwayWorld

“A panto is an interactive entertainment that starts with a very contemporary retelling of a fairy tale such as Snow White, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, or in this case Cinderella and turns it into a fun imaginative show with music that will appeal to both children and their parents. There’s usually an actor or two in drag, and a villain … and audience are encouraged to root for the heroes and HISS loudly at the villains. It’s all in amusement, of course.”
– BroadwayWorld

“It’s cheeky holiday fun for the whole family and a nice transitional theater piece to introduce young audiences to the wonder of live musical theater. That’s a great enough reason to come check out this funny panto.”
– BroadwayWorld

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