1. ‘Christmas is Comin’ Uptown’ by Arena Players.
“Victoria V. Jackson’s costumes and Bruce Henderson’s musical direction add really lovely elements to this fun, heartwarming, family-friendly holiday show.” – Max Garner.
Synopsis: SCROOGE is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching Tiny Tim’s burial procession, and he’s reformed.
2. ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!) at The Kennedy Center.
“It’s not easy to write a script that draws both giggles from children and guffaws from adults, but if anyone can do it, Willems can.” – Kelsey Casselbury.
Synopsis: Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, along with Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
3. ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
“Ralphie, believable and sentimental which had me rooting for him at every misstep.” – Michael Garvey.
Synopsis: It’s the holiday season in 1940’s Indiana and bespectacled Ralphie Parker is on a quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts! (You’ll shoot your eye out kid!) An infamous leg lamp, pink bunny PJ’s and a triple dog dare are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. With a terrific score by Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman) A Christmas Story, The Musical brings this hilarious classic movie to life, LIVE on stage!
4. ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ at Greenbelt Arts Center.
“Travel down to the Greenbelt Arts Center this holiday season and catch ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ and follow Milo on his road to adventure. You won’t even need an Easy Pass to get there.” – Susan Brall.
Synopsis: The beloved children’s fantasy is brought to life as Milo and the faithful watchdog Tock travel to the Lands Beyond.
5. ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’ by 2nd Star Productions.
“Bravo for a show-stopping Scrooge!” – Liz Ruth-Brinegar.
Synopsis: A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale!