Aladdin and his Winter Wish

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Aladdin and his Winter Wish is an American panto version of the Middle Eastern folk tale Aladdin.[1] The panto's book was written by Kris Lythgoe and its music is based around classic pop tunes by artists such as Ray Charles, Coldplay, and Starship. Aladdin and his Winter Wish premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse on December 11, 2013 and ran through December 29 of the same year.[2]


The story follows the general Aladdin pantomime. Wishee Washee is Aladdin’s brother and Widow Twankey is Aladdin’s mother.


Act 1[edit]

Act 2[edit]


Reception for Aladdin and his Winter Wish was positive.[3] The Los Angeles Times gave it a positive review, stating that adults would be likely to enjoy it as much as their children would.[4] Los Angeles magazine and LA Weekly also praised the work,[5] with Los Angeles citing Ben Vereen's performance as a highlight.[6]


  1. ^ "Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Starring Bruce Vilanch and Tony Winner Ben Vereen, Begins Performances at Pasadena Playhouse Dec. 11". Playbill. Retrieved 9 March 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "'Aladdin And His Winter Wish' Debuts In Pasadena". CBS Los Angeles. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  3. ^ Wood, Alex. "Aladdin and His Winter Wish (review)". Time Out Los Angeles. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ Nichols, David. "Review: 'Aladdin and His Winter Wish' a fun ride at Pasadena Playhouse". LA Times. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ Deborah, Klugman. "Aladdin and His Winter Wish (review)". LA Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  6. ^ Byrd, Craig. "Curtain Call: Ben Vereen has Some New Magic in Aladdin—and a Winter Wish". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2014.