Culture Monster

All the Arts, All the Time

« Previous Post | Culture Monster Home | Next Post »

Looking for a Cinderella who can sing, dance and, oh, yes, fit into that glass slipper

June 1, 2010 |  5:34 pm

Dioguardi It's every girl's dream come true.

The chance to meet Prince Charming?

Well, yes.

But also to sing, dance and act before a bunch of celebrity judges -- just like they do on TV.

Lythgoe Family Productions is bringing an "'American Idol'- style talent hunt to three L.A. area shopping malls in search of a winner who'll star in "Cinderella, a Modern Musical Extravaganza" this fall at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Young women ages 16 to 26 can perform a song at the following open auditions:

Wednesday, July 7, at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park for a panel that includes Adam Shankman, the director of the movie "Hairspray" and a judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"

Friday, July 9, at the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia for a panel that includes Kara DioGuardi, singer-songwriter and a judge on Fox's "American Idol"  
Wednesday, July 14, at the Westfield Culver City mall for a panel that includes actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Auditions begin at 10 a.m. Callbacks will be in September.

"Cinderella," which will run Nov. 27-Dec. 19, is described as a mash-up of old-school fairy tale and modern music in the style of a wacky British holiday show. The production will feature choreography by "Dancing With the Stars' " Derek Hough, audience participation, comedy and magic.

The Cinderella talent search and show are being presented by Lythgoe Family Productions, which includes producer-director Nigel Lythgoe -- whose credits include shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Idol" -- his former wife, Bonnie, and son, Kris.

More information is available at

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Kara DioGuardi will be a "Cinderella" talent search judge. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press