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A Very Broadway Christmas

Finish Off 2017 With These Top Holiday Theater Picks

A night at the theater is a perfect way to add some holiday cheer to a December trip to New York City. From Broadway to the Lincoln Center, enjoy these top picks for seasonal theater in the city.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet

An annual holiday tradition since 1954, New York City Ballet's iconic The Nutcracker was created by NYCB founder George Balanchine. This classic production features toy soldiers, mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas, all set to Tschaikovsky's famous music. The New York City Ballet's world-renowned performance is a popular holiday tradition for families in the city and is on stage through December 31st at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Who's Holiday - Westside Theatre

Matthew Lombardo's new comedy, Who's Holiday, is a funny, irreverent, and heartfelt parody of the Grinch story, great for adult theater-goers and told entirely in couplets. Who's Holiday stars Lesli Margherita as a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, who is residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit. As she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls from her own perspective the night she met the Grinch and how her life unfolded since. 

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City Music Hall

Another iconic New York City holiday tradition, the Rockettes' annual Christmas Spectacular transforms Radio City Music Hall into an immersive winter wonderland. This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly celebration features the world's most famous precision dance troupe as they perform Christmas classics and new fan favorites. See the Rockette's most popular numbers, including "12 Days of Christmas", "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", "Rag Dolls", and "Living Nativity".

Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater - New York City Center

For five weeks only each December, the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the New York City Center. The Ailey company performs a massive repertory of modern ballets and dance performances celebrating America's modern dance heritage. This season includes the premiere of Jamar Roberts' Members Don't Get Weary, which inspires audiences to transcend the current social landscape by dancing away the blues as well as performances of Shelter, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's gripping portrait of homelessness and Mr. Ailey's spirit-lifting Revelations, the world's most popular work of modern dance.

The Metropolitan Opera - Lincoln Center

Every holiday season, the famous Metropolitan Opera presents a program of family-friendly and accessible productions. Attend a performance of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel or an abridged version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, in Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor's eye-popping, puppet-filled production, both of which are sung in English. Or enjoy classics like Le Nozze di Figaro and The Merry Widow. Tickets to these world-class performances start at only $25.

 

 

 

-- By Ettractions Digital Content Editor EMILY JARMOLOWICZ

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