December has arrived and from nowhere it seems another year is to soon come to a close. During this festive season beyond the ice rinks, specialty shopping villages and enormous pine trees there is a plethora of holiday-themed theatrical experiences to be had.
Below I break down the top 5 shows with limited special engagements, and these ‘must-sees’ are sure to get you in the wintery spirit and make your holidays merry and bright!
Not on Broadway this year where it originated last season but still in town, is the Tony award nominated A CHRISTMAS STORY - Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. A Christmas Story is directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. This new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette. This show runs December 11-29 ONLY and tickets are available at: http://www.theateratmsg.com/achristmasstory
Not only a New York staple but an incredible action packed 75 minutes of joy, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a MUST! Every year, the Rockettes push themselves further to put on a show that’s more dynamic, more challenging and more magical than the last. Take in cherished moments and create new memories as you follow Santa Claus through a 3-D sleigh ride, view a unique version of ‘The Nutcraker’ with ice skaters and dancing teddy bears and celebrate in a relevant tribute to the first Christmas. Show runs now through December 30th and $39 orchestra tickets can be purchased at: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/get-tickets.html
No New Yorker holiday is complete without a fancy night out to new York City Ballet to experience the classic telling of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Performed at Lincoln Center by the New York City ballet with scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley, after Ronald Bates. The production is a magical occasion: Along with a one-ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet, there's a snowstorm of blizzard proportions and a nine-foot-wide Mother Ginger (her skirt that is). The ballet, from 1954, never grows old. With performances through January 4th, tickets are available at http://www.nycballet.com/
For just two performances only on December 20th and 21st be sure to check out Broadway icon Brian Stokes Mitchell in A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS - BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL a special holiday concert featuring the much loved New York Philharmonic orchestra. The concert will feature a selection of Christmas songs, from modern to classics with a good deal of Broadway favorites thrown in too. The program will include songs White Christmas by Irving Berlin, The Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Time and even a song from the hit Broadway musical The Grinch! Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/averyfisherhall/a-broadway-christmas-brian-stokes-mitchell.php
And rounding out the list of the ‘must-sees’ this holiday season may stick out like a curly red-head. That’s right, ANNIE. Although not traditionally thought of as a holiday show, this little orphan has one of the most exciting days of her life on Christmas Day. Who can resist this timeless story, classic characters and unforgettable score? Under the loving direction of three-time Tony Award® winner James Lapine, the musical you remember is back on Broadway in a brand-new production you'll never forget. The beloved book and score by Tony Award® winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin remain the same, with new choreography provided by Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler. Currently starring Broadway veteran Faith Prince as Miss Hannigan and Australian Superstar Antony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks you must start ‘thinking about tomorrow’ and run to see this show before it takes its final bow on January 4th. Tickets available at: http://www.anniethemusical.com/home