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10 Christmas shows in local theaters

Staff Writer

South Florida stages know a good thing when they see one.

The Christmas trend seems to be catching on with several shows running the boards in local theaters.

Here are the 10 shows you shouldn’t miss:

“Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring The Rockettes”

The newness includes glamorous costumes, new choreography and sets, and a 50-foot LED screen backdrop. But the real charm of the show remains the old-school line of high-kicking dancers.

When: 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. todayDec. 1 and various times from Dec. 3-8

Where: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Tickets: Start at $40

Contact: 800-572-8471,

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”

Based on the beloved 1954 Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye movie, the show spotlights classic hits such as “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano” and the title song “White Christmas.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 25

Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

Tickets: $58

Contact: 561-995-2333,

“The Santaland Diaries”

A one-man send-up of the brief, misguided career of a Macy’s elf, written by David Sedaris and performed here by Jamie Morris (writer and star of “Mommie Queerest,” “The Silence of the Clams” and “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode”).

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22

Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Tickets: $30

Contact: 954-678-1496,

“Holidays in Full Swing,” from Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus

It’s a jazzy Big Band take on the holidays with the chorus joining the South Florida Pride Jazz Ensemble.

When: 8 p.m. FridayDec. 6

Where: Horvitz Auditorium at NSU’s Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Tickets: $25 general admission, $40 VIP seating

Contact: 954-832-0060,

“The Eight Reindeer Monologues”

Vixen has accused Santa of sexual harassment and now the rest of the herd is telling what they heard…and saw. Yes, this play contains adult content.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-SaturdayDec. 6-7 and Dec. 13

Where: Galleria Studio Theatre in The Galleria mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (parking in Lime section 3J or 3H)

Tickets: $25 general admission, $40 VIP seating

Contact: 954-646-1000,

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” from Arts Garage Radio Theatre

It’s the classic Christmas story, with an ol’ twist: It’s told as a radio play with carefully choreographed sound effects.

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Where: Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach

Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Contact: 561-450-6357,

“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

The famous newspaper reply is brought to the stage in a show that pays homage to classic holiday movies of the 1940s.

When: 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec 18

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for children

Contact: 561-586-6410,

“Once Upon A Holiday — A Musical”

A family-friendly show of more than 25 local cast members singing holiday songs from the 1940s through 2000s.

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 22

Where: The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW Ninth St.

Tickets: $15 adults,  $12 for children in advance; $18 adults and $15 children day of show

Contact: 561-272-1281, ext. 4;

“Madeline’s Christmas”

The classic character from the book series is the only one in her Paris boarding school who does not wake up with the flu just before everyone is scheduled to go home for Christmas. Can Madeline save the day with the help of a mysterious rug merchant?

When: 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 21 (only one Sunday show at 3 p.m. Dec. 22). “All Kids Included” sensory-friendly performance 11 a.m. Dec. 14. Special holiday show 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

Where: Actors’Ö Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Tickets: $23

Contact: 305-444-9293,


Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie, the Broadway musical version has a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the team behind the music of “The Wedding Singer” stage show.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31; 8 p.m. Jan. 1-4; 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 4; 1 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. performance Jan. 5

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Tickets: Start at $26

Contact: 305-949-6722,


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