Regardless of what or how you celebrate, there’s a seasonal show for you. As always there are a lot of variations on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. However, other winter holidays get their due, too, in multicultural productions like The Three Bears Holiday Bash and Sing! A South African and American Musical Holiday Celebration. There are multiple merry options for children, like stage adaptations of the TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Looking for adults-only revelry? The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails comes with alcohol, Nutcracker Rouge offers skin and sensuality, and Santasia serves up snark. Even Scrooge couldn’t cry “humbug!” at this delightfully diverse lineup.
After its 2015 premiere, the Classical Theatre of Harlem brings back its original Harlem-based holiday musical, which crosses genres from disco to rock to gospel to tell a universal story of love and belonging.
‘The First Noel’ follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season. ‘The First Noel’ features a soundtrack of Christmas carols re-imagined as dynamic new songs.