Only precocious eight-year-olds find the prospect of being "Home Alone" at Christmas all that exciting. For those of us who are older and wiser (and still single) there's The 12 Dates of Christmas, a funny and touching one-woman show about being surrounded by holiday cheer when you're miserable. When Mary sees her fiance making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life "alone" as a New York actor in her thirties. Renita James stars in this exceptional play that's quickly becoming a holiday tradition in its own right at Aurora Theatre.
Christmas Eve is upon the overworked social worker Karol, who is totally ready for the season to be over. Upon leaving the office holiday party, she altruistically gives her leftovers to a homeless man -- to see him later pop up at her Atlanta condo?! Maybe Santa really has come to town in Another Night Before Christmas at ART Station.
Set in a modern African-American church on Christmas Day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies and down-home preaching, Black Nativity takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph. Harlem Renaissance poet-playwright Langston Hughes authored this one-act musical retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective. Featuring African costumes, moving songs of worship, magnificent choreography and old-fashioned spirituals, the song-play explores the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. Adapted by Robert John Connor with musical direction by Keith Wilson, Black Nativity brings the spirit of the season to Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center.
Staging the beloved Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a nearly as old as the book itself. In fact, a year after it was published in 1843, eight different theatrical productions were running in London. The impulse is obvious: it's a tale written for the stage. Ebenezer Scrooge is a tightfisted miser, hellbent on hoarding his money, when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Can they convince him to see the error of his ways before it's too late? Watch this poignant -- and oftentimes spectacular -- drama unfold at Atlanta's Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Few experiences can match it -- no "humbug" about it!
Aurora Theatre veteran Anthony P. Rodriguez returns for the 10th consecutive year to present a unique spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in this one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended, and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a solo performance. Rodriguez relies on his voice and mannerisms to masterfully bring to life the characters Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time. A few spectacular effects complete the transformation. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, this imaginative version of A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season -- the joy of giving.
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as Atlanta's Alliance Theatre presents Charles Dickens' Christmas classic at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. In this timeless tale, Scrooge is given a second chance at becoming a loving and generous person with the help of three spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. Careening between Christmases past, present and yet to come over the course of a single night, Scrooge learns valuable lessons about how to treat the people around him. A dazzling tale of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol is a joyous holiday treat for the whole family.
"You'll shoot your eye out!" The classic line spews from TV sets nationwide every December as 1940s cherub Ralphie Parker -- oversized glasses, dapper sweater and meticulously-combed blond hair -- struggles to find compassion in a sea of dream-crushing adults. His Christmas wish is simple: to get a Red Ryder BB gun. Or, more specifically, a "Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time." But the grown-ups in his life are having none of it. Catch Ralphie's shenanigans live at OnStage Atlanta, featuring all your favorite characters and scenes from the film -- scary Macy's Santa, neighborhood bullies, tongue-frozen-to-the-flagpole, sexy leg lamp and of course Ralphie's eccentric, lovable family.
Experience a little Christmas magic in Frosty!, a musical re-telling of the classic Frosty the Snowman tale. When orphan Billy arrives in New York to build the best snowman ever, he meets a homeless man named Paddy, who tells him about his magical hat. When Billy steals the hat and places it atop his snowman, Frosty comes to life and leads him on an adventure throughout NYC. Paddy teams up with a social worker named Dot to find Billy and learn how special the holidays truly can be during this family friendly musical at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square.
He's taken us on a tasting tour of Victorian England's back alley pie shops (Sweeney Todd), through a magical fairy tale forest (Into the Woods) and even inside a work of art (Sunday in the Park with George). But never has Stephen Sondheim played a more raucous musical tour guide than in his laugh-out-loud ancient Roman comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The winner of six Tonys, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in this feel-good romp that sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of comely courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one fun night of theater. Step into The Art Place Mountain View near Atlanta and enjoy classic show tunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the beloved Broadway showstopper that actually starts the show, "Comedy Tonight."
From her small Alpine village to the majestic Alps and the bustling city of Frankfurt, Heidi finds a way to bring joy to the coldest of places and even the coldest of hearts -- and she's sure to melt even more hearts when she comes to the stage in this delightful musical retelling. Based on Johanna Spyri's cherished children's story, Heidi is a funny and poignant tale about one little Swiss orphan who ends up transforming the lives of all those around her, including her cantankerous grandfather, the neighbor goatherd boy Peter, and even the wealthy Sesemann family. Full of songs and inspiration -- along with a little yodeling -- the show celebrates the power of love to restore hope. Bundle up with this heartwarming musical when it makes its way to Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta.
Add some sparkle and a dash of magic to your holiday season with an incredible adventure into a glittering world of wondrous delights. Perfect for both the young and the young at heart, Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre is a must-see this December. With choreography by John McFall and Tchaikovsky's delightful score played live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, this holiday treat has been enchanting generations of Atlanta families for more than 50 years, complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom. This is the last year to experience this version of The Nutcracker before Atlanta Ballet unveils a brand-new production in 2018.
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage as a live puppet show production this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph in this production featuring six puppeteers controlling more than 50 puppets. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this beloved Atlanta holiday tradition at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
The outrageous holiday comedy, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris, stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Clause who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf.
The holiday sequel to The Taffetas -- set in Muncie, Indiana! The Dumont Television Network is featuring Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna on its weekly television show Hometown Hoedown. It's Christmas in Muncie and everyone is there! A combination of hits from The Taffetas with new songs and holiday favorites, A Taffeta Christmas is a classic hometown Christmas the way it used to be, coming to The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.