It’s a good time to be a theater fan. During the holidays, theaters put on a range of productions that you can take your friends and family to see as they pass through town. You can see a popular adaptation by L. Frank Baum in the 5th Avenue Theater’s production of The Wiz (through December 23) or you can visit the Seattle Public Theater to embrace some local holiday traditions in the return of A Very Die The Habit’s “Hard Christmas” (Nov. 25-Dec. 20) and “Christmastown” (Dec. 2-24), the latter making its final appearance on the SPT stage.
From classics to new twists from the Christmas regulars, to a Tony-winning jukebox musical and a special Paddington performance, these are some of your top picks for going to the theater in Seattle this holiday season.
“A Christmas song”
It’s not yet Christmas time before production of “A Christmas Carol” begins. This year you have four completely different ways to experience the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future from the classic Dickensian story.
For the traditionalists, go to ACT to see “A Christmas song‘ adapted by Gregory Falls and directed by Artistic Director John Langs. Over at Seattle Rep you can check out a world premiere order: “Mr. Dickens and his Carol‘, adapted by Samantha Silva from her novel of the same name. Artistic director Braden Abraham will direct his last production before leaving the company in this comedy that follows Charles Dickens as he tries to write a Christmas book in a month or risks losing it all.
ArtsWest Presents “Christmas Carol by the Q Brothers‘, a remix of Scrooge’s Journey by Chicago’s Q Brothers Collective, whose adaptive work regularly fuses hip-hop and theater. Her rendition of the story has consistently wowed audiences in Chicago with her blend of musical styles and witty writing since it premiered in 2014, though she’s rarely been seen outside of that city. Finally, raise a glass to the return of Seattle Operas”A very drunk Christmas carol‘ starring The Drunken Tenor (Robert McPherson), who falls unconscious while preparing for a Christmas concert and wakes up in an alternate reality. Throughout these four performances, he will be joined by duet partners to perform a mix of operatic and holiday favorites, embarking on a journey to understand the person he has become and the possible consequences of his choices.
“A Christmas Carol” – Nov. 25-Dec. 24; ACT Theater, 700 Union St., Seattle; $23-$94; 206-292-7676; acttheatre.org
“Mr. Dickens and His Song” – Nov. 25-Dec. 23; Seattle Representative, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $20-$98; 206-443-2222; seattleep.org
“Q Brothers Christmas Carol” – Nov. 25-Dec. 23; ArtsWest, 4711 California Avenue SW, Seattle; $15-$44; 206-938-0339; artswest.org
“A Very Drunken Christmas Carol” – 9th-18th December; Seattle Opera, Tagney Jones Hall, 363 Mercer St., Seattle; $50; 206-389-7676; seattleopera.org
“The Wickhams: Christmas in Pemberley”
Attention all Jane Austen fans: The Taproot Theater Company presents this Jane Austen-inspired story by Lauren Gunderson (the second-most-produced playwright in the regional theater this season) and Margot Melcon; It is a companion piece to her Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which aired on Taproot in 2018. While “Miss Bennet” follows events upstairs, “The Wickhams” makes its way downstairs to find the staff dealing with a holiday scandal. Producing Artistic Director Karen Lund will direct this Christmas Carol, which features some familiar faces from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice world.
23 Nov-Dec 30; Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $25-$51; 206-781-9707; taproottheatre.org
“Paddington Saves Christmas”
Paddington saves Christmas? Of course he does! It’s the holidays in the Brown household and they’re out of sugar for the seasonal jam and chaos ensues when Paddington goes next door to borrow some from the surly Mr. Curry. You and your family can find out how Paddington saves the day in the Seattle Children’s Theater production, based on the book by Michael Bond, adapted by Doug Kmiotek and created by Jonathan Rockefeller.
Until December 31; Seattle Children’s Theater, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $35-$40; 206-441-3322; sct.org
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Rounding out the year is this national tour, which brings the memorable songs and humor from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!” to the Paramount stage. This Broadway hit won a total of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical after its Broadway premiere in 2019. Like the film, the musical follows a young composer who falls in love with the star cabaret artist at the Moulin Rouge. This jukebox musical mixes Broadway showmanship with radio hits from the likes of Katy Perry, Elton John, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Adele, Lorde, Outkast, Whitney Houston and the White Stripes to name a few.
14 Dec-Jan 1; The Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; Tickets start at $35; 206-682-1414; stgpresents.org