Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013 MEMPHIS
Bass Concert Hall
12/10-12/15/2013
TURN UP THAT DIAL... From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, and features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member David Bryan. MEMPHIS is directed by Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination~ what AP calls "The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be."
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO SHOW
Rice's Crossing Store
12/5-12/22/2013
This holiday season, rediscover hope. It's Christmas Eve 1946, and members of the KPNF radio station are coming together for a radio performance of It's a Wonderful Life. You are invited to be their live studio audience! Watch as five actors bring the entire story to life, playing dozens of characters and performing live foley sound effects in the style of A Prarie Home Companion. With this imaginative re-telling, you'll fall in love with George Bailey and his timeless tale of despair, redemption and hope all over again.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013 THE NUTCRACKER
The Long Center
12/7-12/23/2013
Whether first-timer or seasoned fan, you're in for a fabulous treat with the 51st annual production of Austin's holiday tradition. This year, Artistic Director Stephen Mills brings you the beloved tale and his acclaimed choreography enhanced by the World Premiere of spectacular new sets and costume designs. The vision that Mills brings to life each year is finally realized with this stunning show. The characters and moments you love are more colorful and enchanting than ever set against fabulously imaginative new backdrops. Be the first to see this decade-long labor of love come to fruition and continue the tradition.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013 MRS. BOB CRACHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
Sam Bass Community Theatre
12/6-12/28/2013
What if Dickens' Mrs. Cratchit wasn't so goody-goody, but instead was an angry, stressed-out modern-day American woman who wanted out of this harsh London 1840s life? "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" is a musical parody of the Charles Dickens story "A Christmas Carol".
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 12/08/2013 THIS WONDERFUL LIFE
ZACH Theatre
11/20-12/29/2013
Martin Burke, an Austin holiday icon in THE SANTALAND DIARIES, plays all 37 characters from the beloved Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life. That's right, Austin's funniest actor plays everyone in Bedford Falls, including George Bailey a la Jimmy Stewart, Mary, Clarence the Angel and Old Man Potter. This comical romp underscored with tender sweetness is a joyous gift for all ages!
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