Black Theatre Troupe returns once again this year with a stunning production of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. Assembling a joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, Black Nativity uses movement, griot-style storytelling and the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story. Hughes' song-play, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1961, is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, created to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community.
Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas story comes to life on stage in this magical production from Theater Works. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Populated with cherished characters like Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, this tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season. See it at Peoria Center for the Performing arts.
Join Scrooge and the gang, including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, in this musical spin on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. This timeless story of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season through the transformation of the miserly old Ebenezer, and its message resonates even more deeply when the original melodies crafted by Fountain Hills Theater artistic director Peter Hill and Jay Melberg are included. This original adaptation of the family favorite has quickly become a treasured seasonal tradition.
Yippie ki-yay, puppet lovers! What do you get when you cross the definitive holiday action movie with All Puppet Players' brand of fast, furious, felt-covered fun? You get an instant holiday classic! While most families will deposit their holiday cheer with Scrooge and friends, the All Puppet Players are offering an alternative that includes a puppet Bruce Willis, a battle for Nakatomi Plaza and tons of pop-culture references to hang nice and cozy over your fireplace. In Die Hard: A Christmas Story, John McClane tries to save his wife and several others from master criminal Hans Gruber during a Christmas party. Nothing is safe and no holiday memory unsoiled while the puppets wreak havoc on Christmas and bring the holiday spirit to all good little boys and girls. There'll be caroling, and gun-fights, curse words and all the puppet anarchy you can shake a yule log at at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix. Welcome to the party, pal!
Father Christmas and the Snow Queen is a British panto -- a funny musical play based on traditional children's stories, performed especially at Christmas. This holiday romp in the traditional English style comes complete with songs, dances, jokes, outrageous characters and lots and lots of audience participation. The kids will eat this one up! See this delightful presentation at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
America's favorite holiday story, It's a Wonderful Life, is taking the stage at Scottsdale's Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. Alone and defeated, George Bailey stands on the bridge that overlooks his beloved Bedford Falls, convinced himself that his life and his work have been for nothing. He's about to end it all when he's visited by a guardian angel who will show him what life would have been like without him. This heartwarming story about the importance of ordinary acts of kindness and decency has become a beloved holiday tradition.
Just in time for the holidays, Barbara Park's beloved creation Junie B. Jones comes to life on stage in this adaptation of the best-selling children's books. In Junie B. Jones' world, things are very simple. Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going well, until Junie B. pulls May as her Secret Santa! With the Real Santa watching her like a hawk, what will Junie B. do? No matter which holiday you celebrate at home, everyone can learn a lesson from Junie B. about the real meaning behind a celebration.
Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on the true events of 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. The rousing tale at Phoenix Theatre - Mainstage Theatre is about fighting for what's right -- and staying true to who you are.
In the weird and wonderful world of Nunsense, your habit-wearing and habit-forming friends are former circus performers, wannabe ballerinas, amnesiacs and an otherwise altogether delightfully whacky group of sisters who love to entertain. In Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical, these not-so-pious practitioners gather in the convent basement studio built by Reverend Mother to tape a cable-access holiday special. With typical Nunsense flair, an irreverent blend of of humor, beloved holiday carols and all-new parody songs ensues, including "Twelve Days Prior to Christmas," "We Three Kings of Orient Are Us" and "Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House." Along the way, you'll laugh, be merry and even participate in an audience "Secret Santa" at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale.
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. You can say it's a little taste of seasonal stress, to say the least. Enjoy the hilarious holiday madness at Phoenix Theatre's Hardes Theatre.