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A preview of NYC holiday theater

September 23, 2012
By JACK FELIX - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The frost is not yet on the pumpkin but tickets already are on sale for New York City's holiday attractions.

It's beginning to look like Christmas at Broadway box-offices but, unlike previous years, the annual Radio City Music Hall show will have other holiday-themed attractions to woo theatergoers making an annual trek to New York City to catch some yuletime entertainment.

"Radio City Christmas Spectacular" - I saw last year's version, which opened with a short 3-D film of Santa and his sleigh zooming over and above the New York skyline. That special effect was not as impressive, however, as the high-kicking Rockettes' featured numbers, including the classic slow-motion-falling-wooden-soldiers routine.

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“Elf,” a musical adaptation of the 2003 film that starred Will Ferrell as an overgrown orphan raised by Santa and his elves, will be performed from Nov. 9 through Jan. 3 at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., Manhattan.

This year, the focus is squarely on the Rockettes, as the 85th version of the annual Spectacular will include highlights from past seasons and some of the perennial favorite production numbers.

The show will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 30 at the Radio City Music Hall. For tickets, call 800-982-2787.

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" - A tradition in many households on Christmas Eve is watching the classic movie on television as young Ralphie finally realizes his quest for a BB gun. In recent years, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the local Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., have presented the stage adaptations of the Jean Shepard comedy.

Now, after a five-city tour last year, the new musical version - with the familiar admonition "You'll shoot your eye out!" and the hideous leg lamp - arrives at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 W. 46th St., Manhattan. The show will run from Nov. 19 to Dec. 30. For tickets, call Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or visit achristmasstorythe

"Elf" - The musical adaptation of the 2003 film that starred Will Ferrell as an overgrown orphan raised by Santa and his elves comes back to Broadway after an initial run two years ago. Then, "Elf" got roasted by the critics but toasted by audiences.

Now, Nov. 9 through Jan. 3, the producers are hoping that a big stocking will be needed to stuff all the box office receipts. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. , Manhattan. For tickets, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" - Like "Elf," this musical is making a return appearance to Broadway, having been staged in 2006 and 2007. Now, the mean green one will try to put a damper on everyone's Christmas spirit.

The show will run from Dec. 13 to 30 at Madison Square Garden.

For tickets, call 866-858-0008 or visit

"Annie" - Is America's favorite rags-to-riches orphan really holiday entertainment? Yes, if only because the sparkling finale is set in Daddy Warbucks' mansion on Christmas morning. Everyone shows up: Miss Hannigan, F.D.R., all the orphans and Sandy (wrapped up in a gift box) to wish Annie a happy "Tomorrow." The revival of the Tony-Award winning 1977 musical with the catchy score ("It's a Hard-Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile") has an open run beginning Nov. 8 at the Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway at 47th St, Manhattan. For tickets call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.



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