BWW Previews: Detroit is Filled With Holiday Shows This Season!
Looking for something to do around Detroit this holiday season? Don't worry, the city is filled with a show for everyone! BroadwayWorld Detroit has you covered with some of the amazing theatre and art events that this holiday season has to offer!
Christmas Impossible is a fresh adaptation of the 2003 Planet Ant's original holiday special, 25, about Ole Solecheck is a fallen guardian angel...well, pushed actually. She was fired from heaven because she decided that five of the humans she was charged with protecting would be better off dead. Banished to Earth, she embarks on a mission to save the lives that she had condemned. But she only has 25 hours to make things right.
Christmas Impossible is currently running every Friday and Saturday until December 16th at Planet Ant in Hamtramck. For more information or tickets, visit www.planetant.com.
1940's Radio Hour
1940's Radio Hour is set in Christmas of 1942 when the world was at war and everyone pulled together for a cause. We all looked for each other and we knew how to make our lives more enjoyable through the magic of radio. We will take you inside the studio where the cast and crew of "Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade" are getting ready for a live broadcast to the folks at home and the troops overseas. You become the audience for that nostalgic broadcast - a totally exhilarating evening of music, commercials ditties and rich memories of the era.
1940's Radio Hour is currently running now until December 16th at Grosse Pointe Theatre in Grosse Pointe. For more information or tickets, visit www.gpt.org.
Christmas Wonderland is a holiday spectacular filled with glittering costumes, dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole coming to the Fisher Theatre. This delightful and enchanting Christmas show is a nostalgic journey filled with holiday favorite songs including "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow," "O Holy Night," and many more Christmas standards. Be amazed as a cast of 24 singers and dancers who are hand selected from London, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles transform the stage into pure winter wonderland magic.
Christmas Wonderland is currently running now through 17th at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.
Annie LIVE is the family favorite being brought to life on stage by the Downriver Actors Guild. An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.
Annie LIVE is currently running now until December 17th at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte. For more information or tickets, visit www.downriveractorsguild.net.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol adapted from Charles Dickens' story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino. This holiday season, join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dicken's classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visted by his former business parner, now deceased, he begins a jouney into the past, present, and future to learn the true menaing of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas the Bonstelle Theatre.
A Christmas Carol is currently running now through December 17th at the Bonstelle Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, www.theatreanddanceatwayne.com.
ELF the Musical, Jr.
ELF the Musical, Jr. is based on the popular film, ELF, and performed by youth ages 8 to 18, in a funny and heart-warming musical that will appeal to all ages. Good-natured Buddy the Elf lives at the North Pole with Santa and his elves. When Santa tells Buddy he is not really an elf, he sets off to New York City to find his father - who's on the naughty list. Along the way, Buddy makes friends, and with his childlike sense of fun, reminds everyone of the most important things in life.
ELF the Musical, Jr. is currently running now until December 17th at Stagecrafters in Royal Oak. For more information or tickets, visit www.stagecrafters.org.
Naughty & Nice
Naughty & Nice is a spectacular revue of Go Comedy! favorite sketches from the past eight years of original holiday shows and put them into one spectacular revue.
Naughty & Nice is currently running now every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon through December 20th at Go Comedy! in Ferndale. For more information and tickets, visit www.gocomedy.net.
Episode 8: The Last Magi
Episode 8: The Last Magi is Go Comedy!'s ninth original sketch holiday show. After 2016, Santa has gone into exile and Mrs. Claus has the elves are desperate to find him before Christmas finally arrives. As they search, the rest of the world tries to navigate the holiday season. Families are prepping meals and touring light displays, strangers are coming together to help each other, and friends are celebrating different holiday customs.
Episode 8: The Last Magi is currently running now every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through December 23rd at Go Comedy! in Ferndale. For more information and tickets, visit www.gocomedy.net.
Look Who's Coming Home for Christmas Cabaret
Look Who's Coming Home for Christmas Cabaret for the fifth year in a row, the Barn's Christmas Show is held in the intimate Rehearsal Shed. Families are invited to join us in celebrating the Christmas season with your favorite carols and holiday songs. Tickets also include complimentary pie, coffee, hot chocolate or pop. This joyous, reflective and heartwarming show is sure to create wonderful memories that last a lifetime!
Look Who's Coming Home for Christmas Cabaret is currently running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 23rd at the Rehearsal Shed of the Barn Theatre in Augusta. For more information or tickets, visit www.barntheatreschool.org.
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)!
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)! is a fun holiday-themed show being presented by St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook. Written by Austin Tichenor & Reed Martin, the show centers around an annual holiday variety show and Christmas pageant at St. Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we'll believe anything! But there's a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived! So, three members are pressed into service to perform the entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, this is a festive, funny physical comedy that's a zany combination of vaudeville, improv, and song.
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)! is currently running now through 17th at St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills. For more information or tickets, visit www.stdunstanstheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, is a favorite holiday tradition returning to Meadow Brook Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a handful of ghosts will once again return to the streets of London to deliver a message of unity. Thomas D. Mahard returns as Ebenezer Scrooge and two local children share the role of Tiny Tim with the largest cast of the season for the theatre.
A Christmas Carol is currently running now through December 24th at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. For more information or tickets, visit www.mbtheatre.com.
The Year Without Panto Claus
The Year Without Panto Claus is a world premiere production at Theatre NOVA. 2017 was a bummer of year. When Santa gets depressed, he decides to pack it in and disappear. Two of his elves search far and near looking for some genuine Chrismas cheer. Arriving at a few un-Chrismas-y locaations, they face the wrath of Heat and Snow Miser twins, and a mysterious bombshell named Vixen. From the team that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this hilarious romp is just what the therapist ordered to add a levity to your holiday season. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing your way through another fun-filled night of heroes and viliains, updated pop song, holiday favorites, and merriment.
The Year Without Panto Claus is currently running now through 31st at Theatre NOVA in Ann Arbor. For more information or tickets, visit www.TheatreNOVA.org.
'Twas A Night Before Christmas: The Musical
'Twas A Night Before Chirstmas: The Musical, the hilarious sequel to Girls Night: The Musical, plays the City Theatre starting December 14th and is a must see for anyone who has survived the holiday season - from long visits with the in-laws to the overcrowded malls. It features five ladies that we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip, and just let their hair down during the craziest of times with classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.
'Twas A Night Before Christmas: The Musical runs December 14th-17th at the City Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.
The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings
The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings, the David Sedaris delightful anti-holiday double feature, makes it annual return to the Ringwald stage for another round of twisted Christmas fun. This year, in their 11th annual production, Richard Payton takes over both roles for a limited five-show run. For one week only, Ringwald fan favorite, Payton will be taking over both roles in Sedaris' classic messed-up monologues: the disgruntled department store elf Crumpet in SantaLand and the warm and welcoming matriarch Jocelyn Dunbar in Season's Greetings. This year's all-new production is directed by Dyan Bailey.
The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings runs December 14th-18th at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. For more information and tickets, visit www.TheRingwald.com.
SCP Young People's Theatre Present A Charlie Brown Christmas
SCP Young People's Theatre Present A Charlie Brown Christmas is the classic animated television special coming to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
SCP Young People's Theatre Present A Charlie Brown Christmas runs December 15th-17th at the Corner Playhouse in Southgate. For more information or tickets, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/1261625940608053/ or call the ticket line (734) 282-4727
The Knife Before Christmas
The Knife Before Christmas is a murder mystery premiere being presented by the Mitten Theatre. You are cordially invited to the opening night party of the Christmas season! There will be presents, food, and cheer for all, as Santa and his helpers prepare for the long month ahead. But, be warned: this year... MURDER is coming to town... It's up to the audience to pay attention as the story unfolds. However, they'll also have to interact with the cast to discover what really happened. No stone can be left unturned if this crime will be solved. Will Christmas be saved? Will the killer be put on the naughty list? Better make a list of clues...and check it twice.
The Knife Before Christmas runs December 15th-22nd at the Mitten Theatre in Plymouth. Show is rated PG-13, not appropriate for children due to coarse language, sexual innuendo, scense of violence (including an extended death scene) and singing. Doors at 7pm, show starts promptly at 730pm; admittance will not be granted once show begins. For more information or tickets, visit www.mittentheater.com.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is coming to the Fox Theatre for one night only, December 16th, and is directed by Davis, who is the founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller. The show will feature classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is on December 16th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Fox Theatre on December 17th for its 25th anniversary for three shows. The Moscow Ballet is known for its award-winning principal dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by "La La Land" set concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-size Matryoshka Dolls.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is on December 17th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.
ELF The Musical
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child, who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone emgrace their inner ELF!
Elf The Musical runs December 20th-24th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2017 Winter stops in Detroit on December 23rd with "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" show. Fans will experience an exciting stage spectacle with new awe-inspiring effects and staging that is certain to make the story even more engaging for them. Based on TSO's multi-platium DVD and long-time PBS fundraiser, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Music Box Blues," and "This Christmas Day." 2017's tour will also boast a rousing second set of more of TSO's greatest hits and fan-pleasers.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is on December 23rd at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.
WWE Live Holiday
WWE Live Holiday returns to Detroit for one final time this year on December 27th. The December roster will feature AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal, Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn, and Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler. Card is subject to change.
WWE Live Holiday is on December 27th at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit www.313presents.com.