Turn on the Lights
Can’t tear yourself away from the traditional holiday
shows? Here’s a reminder of the most popular ones in
Manhattan, plus a few new Broadway productions.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular—The Rockettes
in all their kicking glory; Nov. 9-Dec. 30; Radio City
Music Hall; radiocity.com. • The Nutcracker—Clara
and her prince, with an army of rats ‘round the Christmas tree; Nov. 25-Dec. 30; New York State Theater at
Lincoln Center; nycballet.com. • A Christmas Carol—
Scrooge and all his ghosts turn up at The Theater at
Madison Square Garden each year around this time;
Nov. 15-Dec. 30; thegarden.com.
A Chorus Line—The revival of one of the most
popular shows ever on Broadway. Schoenfeld Theatre,
236 W. 45th St; achorusline.com. • The Times They Are
A-Changin’—The latest jukebox musical is based on
the songs of Bob Dylan. Brooks Atkinson Theatre,
256 W. 47th St. brooksatkinsontheater.com. • Mary
Poppins—Open your umbrella! New material has
been added for the Broadway show, which opens
Nov. 16 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd
Some Men—Same-sex marriage is on the political
agenda; now it’s on the off-broadway stage, thanks
to Terrence McNally, the playwright of The Full Monty
and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. The play
is set at a gay wedding ceremony where guests look
back at the road to finding their true loves. Previews
begin Nov. 21; Second Stage Theater, 307 W. 43rd St.
REVERENCE AT THE ALTAR
A Christian-rock boy band with a nice Jewish boy as a member?
Altar Boyz—the off-broadway musical playing in an open run
at Dodger Stages in Manhattan and a limited engagement at the
Merriam Theater in Philadelphia—is a satirical, 90-minute history lesson in teeny-bopper tunes (think Ricky Martin, Menudo
and New Kids on the Block), but with faith (and humor) in the
forefront. As they go on the final leg of their national tour—
singing songs like Epiphany and The Miracle Song—they tell
the story of their rise to fame and how a character like Abraham,
the Jewish singer, became part of the gang. It should be just the
antidote for the winter doldrums. After all, it won the Outer
Circle Critics Award for best off-broadway musical last year,
and The New York Times said, “Finally, a dopey Off Broadway
musical that actually works.”
The Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa.
215-732-5446. Nov. 28-Dec. 3. Tickets: $20-$49.50.
New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., New York City.
Performances ongoing. Tickets: $25-$75.
ON A SERIOUS NOTE
In Death and the Maiden, playing at Centerstage in Baltimore,
Paulina Escobar finds herself recognizing the voice and mannerisms of the unexpected drop-in to her secluded home. She
and her husband come to believe he was the man who blindfolded, raped and tortured her years before in the name of
the government of the Third World country where they live.
Though the play is 15 years old—and was made into a movie
starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley in 1994—it is still
fresh and poignant today.
Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 410-332-0033.
centerstage.org. Oct. 26-Nov. 26. Tickets: $10-$60.