Theater

Professional/semi-professional

'Tis the Season

Christmas play. Closes 12/28. St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church, 305 W. Third St., Palmyra. Free.

1812 Productions: The Big Time - New Vaudeville for the Holidays Production w/a contemporary twist. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. www.1812productions.org.

A Child's Christmas In Wales Theatrical adaptation of the Dylan Thomas poem, featuring the 'puppet sculptures' of artist Sebastienne Mundheim. Closes 1/5. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $30-$38.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' holiday tale. Closes 12/29. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787. $20-$85.50.

A Christmas Carol Adaptation faithful to the story by Dickens, with cherished carols. Closes 12/31. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $20-$34; $20-$31 seniors; $15 students.

Bravissimo Burlesque: Reign in Men Monthly show featuring male performers. Ongoing. WineO, 447 Poplar St. www.lilsteph.com. $10.

Cape May Stage: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Marley's ghost is offered a chance at redemption - if he, in turn, can redeem Scrooge. Closes 12/29. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 children.

Cape May Stage: The Santaland Diaries Holiday humor written by David Sedaris. Closes 12/29. Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; 609-770-8311. www.capemaystage.com. $25.

Cinderella: A Musical Panto Award-winning original take on the fairy tale. Closes 1/12. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $40-$50; $35-$45 children 17 and under.

Elf Musical adaptation of the movie about a human boy raised by elves at the North Pole. Closes 1/5. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Firebird Theatre: Holiday Revue '40s radio show-style adaptation of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Closes 12/28. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. $8-$15.

I Love Lucy Live on Stage Musical adaptation of the classic TV comedy, set within a '50s-era TV studio. Closes 12/29. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. www.ilovelucylive.com. $25-$75.

Jersey Boys: National Tour Musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, exploring career & friendships. Closes 1/5. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 1-800-447-7400. www.jerseyboystour.com. $40-$137.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. Closes 1/5. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $42; $35 seniors; $25 children.

Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play Radio-style adaptation of the MGM motion picture. Closes 12/29. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $29-$57.50.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays 1-man show about family chaos & hijinks during the holidays. Closes 12/31. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469. www.stevesolomoncomedy.com. $35-$55.

New City Stage Company: Frost/Nixon Tony-winning dramatization of the remarkable interview between David Frost & the former president. Closes 1/5. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500. ww.newcitystage.org. $30-$35; $25 students and seniors.

Philadelphia Theatre Company: Nerds New musical comedy about the rise of tech giants Bill Gates & Steve Jobs. Closes 12/29. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org. $51-$79.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Parody of the Harry Potter books. Closes 1/5. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. www.pottedpotter.com. $35-$85.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Based on the book series by Louis Sachar. Closes 2/15. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $32-$36; $20-$22 children 13-18; $16-$18 under 12.

Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class Christine Mild stars in this "one nun tour de force" from 'Nunsense' creator Dan Goggin. Closes 12/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $35.

Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas Concert of '20s-style music & comedy featuring 'America's queen of the double entendre.' Closes 12/29. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $35-$45.

The 12 Dates of Christmas The story of one woman's experiences with life & love during the holidays. Closes 12/29. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$34.

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! Theatrical adaptation of writer/actor couple Annabelle Gurwitch & Jeff Kahn's memoir about their relationship. Closes 12/29. Independence Seaport Museum - Penn's Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 855-448-7469. www.tomatoplay.com. $35-$60.

Family theater

American Fairy Tales

Family-friendly fantasy stories for the holidays, by the author of "The Wizard of Oz." Closes 12/31. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. $12; $7 children.

Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham & The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant Vaudeville-inspired takes on two children's books. Closes 12/29. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-594-1100. $20; $10 children 15 and under.

Enchantment Theatre Company: Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales Theatrical adaptation of '1,001 Arabian Nights.' Closes 12/30. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 215-496-9160. www.enchantmenttheatre.org. $29; $25 seniors; $16 children.

Murray the Elf & the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel Help Murray investigate a mysterious 'tinsel monster' who's been spotted at the North Pole. Closes 12/28. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $12; $10 seniors; $8 children.

Quintessence Theatre Group: The Wind in the Willows Theatrical adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame book. Closes 1/6. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450. quintessencetheatre.org. $25; $15 youth 21 and under.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Princess & the Pea Original musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale. Closes 12/30. Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-659-8550. www.storybookmusical.org. $14; $12 children.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: Get the Sillies Out! Featuring DJ Lance Rock, the Gabba Gang & hip hop legend Biz Markie. Closes 12/29. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696. $26-$46.

Dinner theater

Murder in Twelve Steps

The eccentric members of a behavior addiction support group become suspects in a murder. Ongoing. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $45.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra: Uncorked

New Year's concert featuring soprano Marina Costa-Jackson & tenor Dominick Chenes. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-374-7263.

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. $85-$125. 12/31. 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year's Eve Bramwell Tovey conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $64-$149. 12/31. 7 pm.

West Philadelphia Orchestra 15 musicians play an eclectic, vibrant mix of music inspired by Eastern European styles. Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 1200 Callowhill St. www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com. $30-$35. 12/31. 8 pm.

Opera/Choral

Singing Circle for People Impacted by Cancer

Join other singers led by composer, performer & educator Julia Haines. No talent is necessary - just a willingness to have fun. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), 4100 Chamounix Dr.; 215-879-7733. Free. 12/31.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 18-minute film of original imagery, music & more, shown on the Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 215-735-6760. Free. To 1/1.

Dance

Cardio Pop

Dance your way to health and fitness. Nest Philadelphia, 1301 Locust St. $10. 12/30.

PA Ballet presents: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Tale of a girl & her magical doll. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. www.paballet.org. $35-$135. To 12/29.

PhillyBloco Modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. phillybloco.com/about-the-music. $35. 12/31. 10:30 pm.

Sparkling New Year's Eve Dance Lessons begin at 9 pm. From 10 to midnight, open ballroom and Latin dancing with a champagne toast at midnight. Ticket price includes a buffet with hot appetizers and desserts and champagne toast. Carousel Ballroom, 319 Westtown Rd., West Chester; www.danceatcarouselballroom.com. $20. 12/31. 9 pm.

Other performances

Eddie Bruce

Cabaret musician with over 25 years experience. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. Free.