Bww Interview: Tony Nominee Daniel Jenkins Discusses Return as Huck Finn in 54 Sings Big River

Tony nominee Daniel Jenkins originated the role of Huck in the original Broadway production of Big River and earned both a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for his portrayal. He also starred as Mark TwainVoice of Huck in the critically acclaimed 2003 Deaf West Production of the musical, which is quickly becoming a classic. Now, he's ready to revisit the material that changed his life in the upcoming 54 Sings Big River at Broadway's Supper Club, 54 Below. Joined by fellow original cast members Marin Mazzie and Jennifer Leigh Warren, as well as the 2003 revival's Michael McElroy. Jenkins took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the upcoming performance and what it's like to be involved in such an incredible reunion. Read the full interview below
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Harris To Star In Pantomime Version Of Snow White

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Harris To Star In Pantomime Version Of Snow White
The Smurfs star Neil Patrick Harris has signed up for a traditional Christmas pantomime production of Snow White in Los Angeles.

The beloved stage and TV star will play the Magic Mirror, opposite Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis, in the festive production. Sirtis will play the Wicked Queen.

The show will feature choreography from Dancing With the Stars professional Mark Ballas and will run at the El Portal Theater from 30 November to 18 December.

The production follows the success of Cinderella at the same theatre last Christmas. That pantomime featured Leave it to Beaver child star Jerry Mathers, Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren and Harry Potter actor Cormac McLaggen.

Harris helped producer Nigel Lythgoe pick Cinderella from open auditions last year.

An Interview with the Cast of Cinderella

Last week we saw the Lythgoe Family Productions presentation of Cinderella at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California. We also had a chance to sit with the key members of the cast and talk about the British Panto style and other projects they have in the works.

Of course we were beside ourselves to think we would be sitting in a room with Jerry "Beaver Cleaver" Mathers. But we were also honored to talk to Harry Potter actor Freddie Stroma, Broadway star Jennifer Leigh Warren, newcomer Veronica Dunne, and stand out actors from the production Benny Harris and Eddie Driscoll.

They were all very excited to be involved in the U.S.'s first performance of a Panto, which incorporates current references, contemporary music and broad (oftentimes double entendre heavy) humor into a classic fairy tale. They told us that it took some getting used to for the
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Cinderella Done British Panto Style

Photo from El Portal Theatre

We are not what you would call fans of audience participation. In fact when we hear the words we usually run in the other direction. But there's something about the Lythgoe Family Productions' version of Cinderella that had us cheering from our seats and calling out "Hello But'ons" whenever Benny Harris took to the stage. The musical extravaganza, now playing at the El Portal Theatre, is a British Panto version of the classic children's story.

The star-studded fare is produced by So You Think You Can Dance's Nigel Lythgoe, along with his wife Bonnie (the director) and son Kris (the playwright). The choreography comes courtesy of Dancing With the Star's Mark Ballas.

Headlining the cast is Jerry Mathers (of Leave it to Beaver fame) as Cinderella's father Baron Hardup, who lost all his money to Bernie Madoff. Freddie Stroma, who played Cormac McLaggen in
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Harry Potter Star Stroma Set For Panto

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Harry Potter Star Stroma Set For Panto
Harry Potter & The Half-blood Prince star Freddie Stroma is hoping to kickstart the pantomime culture in Los Angeles this Christmas when he plays Prince Charming in a new production of Cinderella.

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe is the brains behind the show, which will also feature Leave it to Beaver child star Jerry Mathers and Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas will choreograph.

The lead has yet to be announced. After months of searching California, the producers have selected 30 hopefuls who will attempt to impress celebrity judges Stroma, who plays Cormac McLaggen in the last two Potter films, and Neil Patrick Harris next week.

Their pick will play Cinderella when the show opens at the historic El Portal Theatre in the San Fernando Valley at the end of November.

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