Pasadena Playhouse Holiday Spectacular Pasadena Playhouse Holiday Spectacular

Pasadena Playhouse Holiday Spectacular  | 

December 14 — December 23

“When has Sam Pinkleton, a Tony Nominee for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, ever been conventional?”


Co-Created by Sam Pinkleton & Randy Blair

Directed by Sam Pinkleton

70 Minutes, No Intermission

Ages: 6 YRs +


“When has Sam Pinkleton, a Tony Nominee for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, ever been conventional?”

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MaryAnn Hu

MaryAnn Hu

MaryAnn Hu

Broadway credits include Queen Iduna in Disney’s Frozen, The Queen of Transylvania in My Fair Lady, Sunday In The Park With George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Lincoln Center’s The King and I (Lady Thiang u/s), South Pacific (Bloody Mary u/s), and Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in The Audience (Transport Group), Falsettoland (National Asian-American Theater Company) at Signature Theatre and the Vineyard Theatre. Regional credits include Allegiance (The Old Globe), La Jolla Playhouse’s comedy Tiger Style! (also at O’Neill Theater Conference) and numerous shows at East West Players. Workshops include Disney’s Hercules as Hera; My Life in Pink aka Ma Vie En Rose by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Our Lady J; and Farewell, My Concubine by Jason Robert Brown. Film credits include Elanore in the indy film Wilde Wedding (2017), DeLoba, Falling for Grace. TV credits include HBO Max mini-series The Flight Attendant (recurring guest star), Elementary, Madam Secretary, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, and also recurred on the NBC sitcom Whoopi as SooLin. She is an Assistant professor of Theatre Practice and current director of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita is thrilled to be back having last been seen virtually in the Playhouse’s production of You I Like. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for her West End debut in Zorro: The Musical, and originated the roles of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical and Mona Kent in Dames at Sea on Broadway. Off-Broadway she received Drama Desk, Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Who’s Holiday!, Emojiland, and A Scythe of Time. Select television credits include recurring and guest starring roles on Minx, The Fairly OddParents, The Rookie, The Crew, Raven’s Home, Homeland, Instinct, Seven Seconds, and Elementary. On film she can currently be seen on HBO in The Many Saints of Newark, and on Netflix in Opening Night.  Her voice can also be heard on several animated films and shows including FOX’s HouseBroken, Disney’s Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Select favorite regional theater credits include leading roles in Damn Yankees; Guys and Dolls; The Flamingo Kid; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; Little Shop of Horrors; and Spamalot. Her album Rule Your Kingdom, is out now from Broadway Records. @QueenLesli.

George Salazar

George Salazar

George Salazar

George Salazar is thrilled to return to the Tony Award-winning Pasadena Playhouse this winter! Past Playhouse credits include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Musidorus in Head Over Heels. Broadway: Be More Chill (Drama Desk/Outer Critics Circle nominations), Godspell. National Tour: Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Lucille Lortel Award); The Lightning Thief (Drama Desk Nomination); tick, tick… BOOM!; Here Lies Love. Regional: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), The Bottoming Process (IAMA Theatre Company), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage). TV: Superstore, American Crime Story: Impeachment, Nancy Drew, Alice’s Wonderland Bakery. Albums: Be More Chill (Original Cast & Original Broadway Cast), Two-Player Game, The Jonathan Larson Project, The Lightning Thief, Godspell. This and everything else for STL.

Jason Michael Snow

Jason Michael Snow

Jason Michael Snow

Film/TV: Black Monday (Showtime), The Big Leap (Fox), Special (Netflix), This Is Us (NBC), One Day at a Time (Netflix) Theater Broadway/LA: The Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast), Sunday in the Park with George (Pasadena Playhouse), The Spongebob Musical! (Original Cast Recording), South Pacific (Lincoln Center PBS Broadcast), Xanadu (1st National Tour). Voice Over: Frozen (Troll in “Fixer Upper”), South Park, Emmy Nominated Episode – “You’re Not Yelping” (Vocalist). YouTube: “Gaston” (Broadway Villains Party), “You’re Nothing Without Me” (Mostly Musicals: Crime Scene).

Creative Team

Sam Pinkleton (Co-Creator/Director)

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Sam is a Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Previously at Pasadena Playhouse he co-directed, with Jenny Koons, the space-transforming dance party version of Head Over Heels which reopened the theater in 2021. His work on Broadway includes Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Macbeth with Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga, Amélie, Heisenberg, Significant Other, and Machinal. As a director his recent work includes a new, mega-queer, participatory production of The Wizard of Oz (ACT, San Francisco), the world premiere of Noah Diaz’ You Will Get Sick starring Linda Lavin, Untitled DanceShowPartyThing (Virgin Voyages, with Ani Taj), the world premiere of Larissa FastHorse’s What Would Crazy Horse Do (KC Rep), and Liz Swados’ Runaways (City Center Encores/Shakespeare in the Park). Other highlights of his work includes Kansas City Choir Boy with Courtney Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Deutsche Oper Berlin), the original New York production of Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, and the upcoming musical film THE END, starring Tilda Swinton and Michael Shannon.

Randy Blair (Co-Creator)

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Access Performance

Open Captioning

Guests who enjoy open captioning may request to be seated in view of a video screen with text descriptions synchronized to the onstage action designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Open Captioned performance of Pasadena Playhouse Holiday Spectacular will be on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

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Audio Description

Join us for our Access performance to take advantage of the audio description service. The service includes verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of the production and is designed for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Guests may request a listening device to hear live audio descriptions. Audio description is available in all seating locations on the Orchestra level of the theater. If you would like to hear the pre-show notes, please be in your seat 15 minutes before showtime.

The audio-described performance of Pasadena Playhouse Holiday Spectacular will be on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

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Holiday Groove

Holiday Groove: A Family Dance Workshop

December 16, 2023

Bring your kids, your mom, your grandma, your wild Aunt Becky for an all-energy, all-ages, all-abilities dance and choreography workshop led by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Sam Pinkleton. The class will bring families and friends ages 7 to 100 together to throw down their most surprising moves and call their families collaborators while they work together to make their own unique and tailor-made group dances. Wear clothes you can move in and leave your fear of looking silly at the door.

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