6 More Shows to See if You Still Need Holiday Spirit
Posted December 25, 2017 1:34 p.m. EST
NEW YORK — If you were racing too fast in the preholiday rush to catch a show this festive season, fear not: There’s still time to bundle yourself to the theater and get that dose of cheer. Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular” continues through Monday; here are six other possibilities and what The New York Times had to say about them, sometimes in previous years.
— ‘The Dead, 1904’
What: Melissa Gilbert inherits the role Kate Burton had last year in Paul Muldoon and Jean Hanff Korelitz’s adaptation of James Joyce’s short story. Performed in a Fifth Avenue town house, this is immersive theater in the guise of an elegant party — with wine, spirits and a sit-down dinner.
Where: The American Irish Historical Society, through Jan. 7
What we said in 2016: “Unless you glide among the upper echelons of New York society, you are not likely to attend a holiday gathering in a more sumptuous setting this season.”
— ‘Who’s Holiday!’
What: Cindy Lou Who, the darling moppet in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is all grown up and living in a trailer on Mount Crumpit in Matthew Lombardo’s campily kitschy, risqué riff for adults, starring Lesli Margherita (“Matilda the Musical”). Vehemently not endorsed by the estate of Dr. Seuss.
Where: Westside Theater, through Sunday
What we said: “Belongs to the evergreen subgenre of holiday offerings that proffer to dirty up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit.”
— ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Live Radio Play’
What: Directed by Charlotte Moore, this adaptation of the Frank Capra classic tells a streamlined version of George Bailey’s Christmas miracle. Performed by a cast of just six actors, aided by live sound effects in period style.
Where: Irish Repertory Theater, through Sunday
What we said in 2012: “This feather-light show is a small triumph.”
— ‘Elf the Musical’
What: George Wendt, who played Santa Claus in the original Broadway cast, reprises the part in this show, adapted from the Will Ferrell comedy about Buddy, a human boy raised as one of Santa’s more inept helpers.
Where: Theater at Madison Square Garden, through Friday
What we said in 2015: “Children in the audience seemed most delighted by a number that climaxed in confetti cannonry.”
— ‘Home for the Holidays’
What: Three reality TV singing champs, one Broadway concert. Candice Glover (“American Idol”), Josh Kaufman (“The Voice”) and Bianca Ryan (“America’s Got Talent”) star. Curveball alert: The actor Danny Aiello also makes an appearance.
Where: August Wilson Theater, through Saturday
What we said: “Makes the Osmond siblings’ spectacle look as debauched as a Mötley Crüe concert.”
— ‘Nutcracker Rouge’
What: Austin McCormick and his troupe Company XIV blend ballet with burlesque, theater, circus and more in a richly designed, erotic twist on “The Nutcracker.” And yes, there are craft cocktails. It’s that kind of night.
Where: Théâtre XIV, Brooklyn, through Jan. 14
What we said in 2014: “The land of the sweets is the land of sex.”