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Christian Duhamel, recipient of the 2018 Kleban Award for most promising musical librettist, debuts a new musical at The Pocket Theater December 7-10.

X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Holiday Spectacular is a new musical parody with Music by Christian Duhamel and Book & Lyrics by Sarah A. Mucek.

It's X-MAS...which means your favorite super-powered mutants are wrapping presents, saving the world, and SINGING! A musical holiday spectacular that answers the questions: "How do you surprise a telepath?", "What do you do under the mistletoe if you'd kill someone by kissing them?", and "What do you give your arch-nemesis when he unexpectedly attacks you for the holidays?"

Produced by Charissa Bertels, in partnership with Teresa & Gerald Duhamel and Christopher Marcacci, X-MAS is directed by Brandon Ivie (Broadway: A Christmas Story, First Date) and music directed by RJ Tancioco. Mark Rabe serves as associate music director and James Pingenot provides percussion for the production.

The cast features Robert Berliner, Charissa Bertels (Broadway: A Christmas Story, If/Then National Tour), Iris Elton, Allen Fitzpatrick (Broadway: Driving Miss Daisy, Les Misérables), Alexandria J. Henderson, Justin Huertas, Jason Kappus (Broadway: American Idiot, Jersey Boys National Tour), James Padilla, and Jennifer Wingerter.

Tickets are $14 and are available at the door. More information is available at

Christian Duhamel (Music) is the recipient of the 2018 Kleban Award for most promising musical theater librettist. In 2017, he was selected for the honor of serving as a Songwriting Artist in Residence with Oriental DreamWorks. His other works include The Girl Who Turned Into a Feather (Something Marvelous Festival); Miss Mayor (Puzzle Theatre Festival; B-Side Productions' New American Musical Award finalist); Reinventing Romance (Kennedy Center ACTF awards for music, lyrics, playwriting and direction; David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award finalist); Worlds Apart (Music Theatre Ventures' Young Creators Award); X-Mas: A Merry Mutant Holiday Spectacular; Reeling; and Mary Walker Wears What She Wants. He has presented concert works at The Duplex, 54 Below, The Neon, Martin's Off Madison, New Voices, and The Battersea Barge, and has received commissions from theaters across the country, such as Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden-O, and The Human Race Theatre Company. He currently resides in New York City where he is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off-Broadway Alliance, Actors' Equity Association, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Sarah A. Mucek (Book & Lyrics) discovered the merry mutants twenty-five years ago this year, and they have been her favorites ever since! In addition to being an avid comic book reader, Sarah is a Brooklyn-based writer of libretti, lyrics, sketch comedy, and poetry. Her previous theatrical works include Z-Town: The Zombie Musical, and her pieces have appeared at the NY Fringe Festival, Prospect Theatre Lab, and other venues. She is the creator and co-star of the parody Web series Wanda & Pietro @ Home and its live counterpart, Wanda & Pietro: LIVE!. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

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