Holiday Musicals at The 5th Avenue Theatre

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The holidays are a festive time, a time for thanksgiving, for family and for cheer. And what provides more joy than a good old holiday musical? Throughout the years, The 5th has produced a number of musicals during the holidays, but here are three of our favorites.

ELF – The Musical (2012) In this family friendly musical—adapted from the much-loved 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell—Buddy the Elf has the news broken to him that he is not actually an elf, but a human. When Buddy is asked to leave the North Pole due to his increasingly un-elf-like size, he takes the eviction as an opportunity to go and find his recently discovered birth dad in the Big Apple. But when Buddy arrives in New York, his dad is not quite as excited to see him as Buddy had anticipated…While navigating his new life, Buddy gets to know his estranged family, helps his half brother believe in Christmas again, and meets a fantastic fellow “elf” called Jovie. Everyone must work together to help Santa back in the air when he crash lands in Central Park on Christmas Eve. With such rollicking tunes as “Christmastown,” “Nobody Cares About Santa,” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley.” Watch Buddy and the Santas in a clip from “Nobody Cares About Santa” at The 5th.

White Christmas (2006, 2009) – Performed at The 5th for the first time in 2006 to sold-out audiences, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas returned to The 5th in 2009. Based on the 1954 film of the same name, the story follows two former Army soldiers, Bob and Phil, who have now become successful Broadway producers. One night at a club, they happen upon two performing sisters, Betty and Judy, and are almost instantly smitten. It just so happens that all four  of them are journeying to a small inn in Vermont. When they arrive, Bob and Phil discover the inn is run by their old commanding officer, General Waverly, but business has not been good. Working together, they plan a television broadcast to help increase business to the inn. But will relationship complications get in the way? This musical features classic holiday songs, like “Happy Holidays” and the eponymous “White Christmas.” The show also features something we see less and less of – tap dancing! Here’s a montage of great moments from the 2009 production of White Christmas.

A Christmas Story (2010, 2014) – Another movie adaptation, A Christmas Story is one the most often quoted, well loved Christmas movies of all time. Turner Broadcasting, which owns the broadcast rights, still plays 24 Hours of A Christmas Story, sometimes on both TBS and TNT. So it only made sense to transform it into a musical. After opening at The 5th, A Christmas Story- The Musical subsequently opened on Broadway before returning to The 5th in 2014. If you’ve somehow managed to miss the movie and the musical, here’s all you need to know: Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas, and that thing is a Red Ryder BB Gun. However, given Ralphie’s propensity for disaster, everyone warns him: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” On Christmas, much to his disappointment, it seems there is no Red Ryder for Ralphie, until his father pulls out a hidden present. The Red Ryder! But when Ralphie takes the Red Ryder out for a spin, the BB ricochets back at Ralphie and knocks his glasses off, which he promptly steps on and breaks. Check out “When You’re a Wimp” from the 2010 production of A Christmas Story.

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