1812 Productions: This Is The Week That Is

Annual show poking fun at local & national current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560. $34-$40.

A Christmas Carol An adaptation faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens, complete with cherished carols. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $34; $31 seniors; $20 ages 30 and under; $15 students.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. Closes 12/28. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $25-$89.50.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Simon Reade's stage adaptation of the classic story by Lewis Carroll. Closes 1/4. Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.; 215-987-4450. $27-$34; 25 seniors; $15 students.

Bad Jews Comedy by Joshua Harmon. Philadelphia premiere. Closes 12/28. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$45.

Beauty and the Beast From the team that created Arden's "Cinderella" comes a bold new telling of this classic tale. Closes 2/1. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $18-$36.

Cape May Stage: Merry Melodies - A Holiday Celebration Holiday show featuring popular seasonal songs & carols. Closes 12/31. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.

Cape May Stage: The Santaland Diaries One-man show about a struggling young writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at a NYC Macy's. Closes 12/30. Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May. $25.

Les Miserables A reformed criminal tries to avoid an obsessed police inspector while raising a child who was left in his care. Closes 1/11. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $42; $35 seniors; $25 children 12 and under.

Making Spirits Bright Tony Braithwaite & friends present an evening of song, dance, original comedy skits & holiday-themed improvisation. Closes 1/3. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $24-$35.

Mary Poppins Theatrical adaptation of the classic Disney movie. Closes 1/4. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Plaid Tidings Forever Plaid's holiday show. Closes 12/28. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $25-$59.50.

STOMP: National Tour Lively show blends dance with percussion music played with buckets, brooms & other unusual "instruments." Closes 12/30. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $39.50-$75.

Todrick Hall Presents Twerk the Halls: A Toddy Halliday YouTube star Hall & various guests present an evening of comedy, music & "dancing." Closes 12/29. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $25.

Family theater

Annie, Jr.

Shortened version of the classic musical about the adventures of a spirited red-haired orphan. Closes 12/28. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $15; $12 children.

Arthur & the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto Offbeat take on young Arthur's quest to defend the land from a fearsome dragon. Closes 1/11. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $40-$60; $35-$55 children 17 and under.

Enchantment Theatre Company: The Snow Queen A girl embarks on a quest to find her missing friend, who was spirited away by a lonely queen. Closes 1/4. University of the Arts - Philadelphia Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.; 215-496-9160. $16-$29.

Family Stages: The Snow Queen A girl embarks on a quest to find her missing friend, who was spirited away by a lonely queen. Closes 12/27. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-886-9341. $12; $10 seniors and grandparents; free for children under 3.

Murray the Elf and the Case of the Stolen Sleighbells An all-new show for kids & their families, mixing mystery & comedy. Closes 12/28. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $12; $10 seniors; $8 children.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Cinderella An original musical about a girl who has two selfish stepsisters, a mean stepmother & nothing to wear to the ball. Closes 1/17. Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-659-8550. $14; $12 children.

Community theater

Little Women

Musical adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel. Closes 1/3. Off-Broad Street Theatre, Five S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell; Reservations required: 609-466-2766.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Choral Arts Philadelphia: Bach's Christmas Oratorio

100-voice symphonic chorus teams up with the Bach Festival to present Bach's complete "Christmas Oratorio." Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St. $45; $30 seniors; $15 studeents. 12/31. 4 pm.

New Jersey Capital Philharmonic: New Year's Eve NYE concert of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Enescu, Strauss & Gershwin. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400. $25-$65. 12/31. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year's Eve Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $70-$160. 12/31. 7:30 pm.

Salute to Vienna Annual performance featuring polkas, waltzes & operetta excerpts by Strauss & other Viennese composers. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $41-$111. 12/28. 2:30 pm.


The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

18-minute film full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, is shown on The Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 215-735-6760. Free. 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1.


Band of Artists: Spectrum Order Disorder

Various artists combined to perform different expressions of art forms. Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside; 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. $30-$125. 12/26, 12/27, 12/27, 12/28, 12/28, 12/30, 12/31.

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

Other performances

Gogol Bordello

Gypsy-punk band fusing supercharged folk with a sideshow cabaret. Electric Factory, 421 7th St.


. $40. 12/31. 9 pm.