We caught up with Nigel Lythgoe on the red carpet for the “Premiere Gala – Take The Lead” at the Pasadena Playhouse where he talks about the latest season of “So You Think You Can Dance” and giving back to a younger generation of dancer.
The Premiere Gala “Take The Lead” honored the Playhouse’s great friends and partners the Lythgoe Family: Nigel Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Simon Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, and Becky Lythgoe. The Playhouse Board of Directors, led by Acting Chair David DiCristofaro and Gala Chair Teena Hostovich, will be spearheading this red carpet gala event.
In his earliest days, family patriarch Nigel Lythgoe began as a dancer, eventually advancing the techniques of filming choreography, and creating and producing iconic dance and music shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Family matriarch Bonnie Lythgoe also began her career as a dancer and choreographer, and now produces theater in London, Australia and the U.S. She annually directs Panto at The Playhouse each holiday season. Sons Simon and Kris continue the legacy of engaging audiences in the arts – Simon is a world-class television producer, and Kris, along with wife Becky, have made a major impact at The Pasadena Playhouse – producing main stage Pantos that enrich young audiences and delight families.