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‘Miracle on 34th Street’ coming to The Playhouse

BOILING SPRINGS — Anyone looking for some holiday magic should travel to the The Playhouse at Allenberry to discover a “Miracle on 34th Street.”

With book, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” will be presented at The Playhouse, 1159 Boiling Springs Road, from Dec. 6-22.

In 1963, when Meredith Wilson’s Christmas-themed musical first appeared, it was called “Here’s Love,” but years later the title was changed to reflect the beloved movie on which it was based.

This holiday classic, from the writer of the “The Music Man,” closes out The Playhouse at Allenberry’s 2019-20 season.

The familiar storyline has a single mother, Doris Walker, trying to keep any fantasy notions out of the mind of her 6-year-old daughter, Susan.

But a neighbor, Fred Gailey, who fancies himself as a possible beau, takes young Susan to see Santa Claus at Macy’s Holiday Land, where Doris works.

Hired at the last minute to be Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa Claus, the old codger with a real white beard, not only makes a convincing Santa, but insists he’s the real thing.

Although Doris is not impressed, it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle.

The store psychiatrist, claiming that Macy’s new employee may be dangerous, commits him to a cell where he languishes, until his fateful day in court.

Thanks to Kris Kringle’s charming magic, a wave of love (and belief in Santa Claus) spreads over New York City, melting even the most cynical hearts.

Having seen the Courtyard’s version a few years ago, I remember that Meredith Wilson’s score features somewhat mediocre ballads, with the exception of a couple of tunes, including “Pine Cones and Hollyberries,” which is reprised as one of the few special musical moments.

This rarely produced musical is family friendly and suitable for all ages.

“Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical” has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

For more information, call 717-462-4401.

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