Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville for the Holidays

1812 Productions presents this musical burlesque extravaganza from award-winning artists Jennifer Childs & James Sugg. Closes 1/4. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560.

» READ MORE: www.1812productions.org

. $25-$50.

A Chorus Line: National Tour

Behind-the-scenes look at the lives of struggling Broadway performers. Closes 1/4. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; 800-447-7400.

» READ MORE: www.achorusline.com

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$31.50-$86.50.

A Christmas Carol

Based on the beloved Charles Dickens novel. Closes 12/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2041.

. $23.

A Christmas Carol

Stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale. Closes 12/28. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$22-$30; $19-$27 students & seniors; $12 children under 18.

Curio Theatre Co.: A Christmas Carol

Classic Dickens tale. Closes 1/4. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350.

» READ MORE: www.curiotheatre.org

. $15-$22; $10 students.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Bckseet production of Jeff Goode's sardonically irreverent play. For audiences 18 & over. Closes 12/31. The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; 215-923-0210.

» READ MORE: www.bckseet.com

. $21.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: The Santaland Diaries

Join Crumpet the smart-aleck elf on a raucuous romp through holiday hell. Written by David Sedaris. Closes 12/19. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720.

. $10-$15.

Frost/Nixon

Tony-nominated play featuring Stacy Keach as Richard Nixon & Alan Cox as David Frost. Closes 12/14. DuPont Theatre, W. 10th St. at North St. Market, Wilmington; 800-338-0881; 302-656-4401.

» READ MORE: www.frostnixonontour.com

. $50-$65.

The Government Inspector

New adaptation of comedy by Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol. Closes 12/28. Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395.

» READ MORE: www.lanterntheater.org

. $10-$50.

Hairspray

Tony-winning musical comedy smash with big girls, big hair & big laughs. Closes 1/4. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

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$10-$70.

It's a Wonderful Life

Live radio play features music, seasonal songs & a sing-along. Closes 12/20. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $35-$45.

Judy Gold: 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

Emmy Award-winning writer/actress/comic stars in her hit Off-Broadway one-woman show. Closes 12/21. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420.

» READ MORE: www.phillytheatreco.com

. $49.

Look Mom, I'm Swell

Award-winner Tony Braithwaite combines humor, impressions, improv, storytelling & more in his popular one-man show. Closes 12/14. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200.

» READ MORE: www.act2.org

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$25-$30.

Merry Christmas, George Bailey

Adapted by Jim Goode from the Radio Lux Broadcast of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Closes 12/14. DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; 610-282-3192.

» READ MORE: www.desales.edu

. $18-$24.

New City Stage Company: Talk Radio

Revision of Eric Bogosian's 1987 hit about a radio shock-jock & his caustic dealings with his admirers. Closes 1/11. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-563-7500.

» READ MORE: www.newcitystage.org

. $22-$25; $20 students & seniors.

O. Henry's Christmas Stories

East Lynne Theater's production of 3 different holiday tales. Closes 12/13. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May; 609-884-5898.

» READ MORE: www.eastlynnetheater.org

. $20; $10 students; free for children 12 & under.

Oliver!

Musical based on Charles Dickens' novel about an orphan boy. For ages 6 & up. Closes 1/4. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$25-$42.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

In a legendary bar in 1904 Paris, a chance encounter between the young Einstein & Picasso sets sparks & stars flying. Closes 12/21. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; 302-594-1100.

» READ MORE: www.delawaretheatre.org

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$15-$47.

Schmucks

A tale of a fictitious meeting between two comic icons, Groucho Marx & Lenny Bruce. Closes 1/4. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824.

» READ MORE: www.wilmatheater.org

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$42-$55.

This Wonderful Life

Stage adaptation of Frank Capra's adored classic Christmas film. Closes 12/28. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341.

» READ MORE: www.capemaystage.com

. $35; $25 seniors; $12.50 students.

A Tuna Christmas

Madcap, holiday sequel to hit comedy, 'Greater Tuna.' Closes 1/4. Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550 or 215-336-1234.

. $30.

White Christmas

Holiday favorite features 'Sisters, Snow,' 'Count Your Blessings,' & more. Closes 12/21. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Beach Haven; 609-492-9477.

» READ MORE: www.surflight.org

. $29; $19 youth.

Winter Musicale

Theatrical production featuring classic holiday tunes, popular selections, carols & some original tunes. Closes 12/21. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100.

» READ MORE: www.brtstage.org

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$29; $10 students.

Family theater

American Family Theater: A Christmas Carol

Based on the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

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$7.50. 12/16 10:15 am.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Radio broadcast of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, presented by First State Children's Theater. Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; 302-594-1100.

» READ MORE: www.delawaretheatre.org

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$12; $10 children. 12/15 7 pm.

A Christmas Carol

Holiday classic based on the story by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/20. Walnut Street Theatre for Kids, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

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$12-$14.

Cinderella

Holiday panto features festive music & silly songs, cheers for the heroes, jeers for the villains & more. Closes 1/4. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500.

» READ MORE: www.peopleslight.org

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$26-$48.

The Dragon Singer

Villagers work together to save their town. Closes 12/19. St. Joseph's University, 5600 City Ave.; 610-892-8189.

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$6.50.

Ebenezer

Rock & roll musical for kids based on Charles Dickens' holiday novel. Closes 12/27. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

» READ MORE: www.mediatheatre.org

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$10-$12.

Enchantment Theatre Co.: The Snow Queen

Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen tale of friendship & loyalty. Closes 1/4. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $27; $15 children.

Frosty & Rudolph

Louis Palena's story of the 2 famous Christmas characters. Closes 12/20. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2041.

. $8.

Home for the Holidays

New holiday musical for the whole family, presented by Three Little Bakers. Closes 12/28. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.

. $12.50-$35.

James & the Giant Peach

Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Closes 2/8. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122.

» READ MORE: www.ardentheatre.org

. $14-$30.

Miracle on 34th Street

A young girl's belief in the magic of the season is tested in an extraordinary courtroom decision. Closes 12/21. Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 610-970-1199.

» READ MORE: www.tripac.org

. $11-$19.

Philadelphia Children's Theatre: A Christmas Carol

The classic Charles Dickens holiday tale brought to life through puppets. Closes 12/13. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 866-811-4111.

» READ MORE: www.pctheatre.org

. $11-$15.

Scrooge the Musical

Based on the Christmas classic by Dickens. Closes 12/14. The Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood; 732-367-7789.

» READ MORE: www.strandlakewood.com

. $27; $22 seniors, students & children.

The Snow Queen

Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of friendship & loyalty. Closes 1/4. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700.

. $27; $15 children.

Storybook Musical Theatre: Sleeping Beauty

Musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Closes 1/4. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; 215-659-8550.

» READ MORE: www.storybookmusical.org

. $12; $10 children.

Tiny Tim's Christmas

Shortened version of 'A Christmas Carol' as seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim. Closes 12/31. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211.

» READ MORE: www.hedgerowtheatre.org

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$11; $9 children.

Community theater

Babes in Toyland

Charming musical tale based on book by Rebecca Ryland. Closes 12/20. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139.

. $18.

Inspecting Carol

Marple Newtown Players present this comedic romp that follows a down-&-out acting company in rehearsals for the 12th version of its yearly presentation of 'A Christmas Carol.' Closes 12/13. Gauntlett Community Center, 30 Media Line Rd., Newtown Square; 610-353-9181.

» READ MORE: www.playersstage.org

. $12, $9 seniors advance; $14, $11 seniors day of show.

The Little Prince

Stage adaptation of the beloved Saint-Exupery story. Closes 12/14. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 866-811-4111.

» READ MORE: www.pcstheater.org

. $15; $8 students.

My Children, My Africa

Drama about two teens in South Africa circa 1985. Written by Athol Fugard. Closes 12/13. Coatesville Cultural Society, 143 E. Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville; RSVP recommended.

. Donations accepted.

Seascape

The Actors' NET of Bucks County presents Edward Albee's 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama. Closes 12/21. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694.

» READ MORE: www.actorsnetbucks.org

. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 12 & under.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

A day in the life of Charlie Brown & friends. Closes 12/13. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; 610-296-9245.

. $15.

Dinner theater

Amish Family Christmas

Spend a heart warming Christmas with the King family. Closes 12/23. Freedom Chapel Dinner Theatre, 15 N. Bridge St., Christiana; RSVP: 610-593-7013.

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$27; $49 includes meal.

Viva Las Murder

Closes 12/27. Peddler's Pub at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; RSVP: 215-794-4000.

» READ MORE: www.peddlersvillage.com

. $44.95 includes dinner, show, tax & gratuity.

Classical Music

Orchestral

Bravo Brass: Fanfares & Carols

Holiday concert by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's brass ensemble. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19th & Walnut Sts.; 215-435-1698.

» READ MORE: www.htrit.org

. $10. 12/13 8 pm.

Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band

Amateur & professional musicians from NJ, PA, MD & DE. Wilmington Music School, 4101 N. Washington St., Wilmington; 302-762-1132. chesapeakebrassband.org.

$10; $5 students & seniors. 12/17 7:30 pm.

Delaware Valley Wind Symphony

Charles Boehm Middle School, 866 Big Oak Rd., Yardley; 215-428-4220.

» READ MORE: www.delvalwinds.org

. $10; $5 students & seniors. 12/13 7 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Watts Plays Rachmaninoff

W/renowned pianist Andre Watts. Works by Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$39-$125. 12/12-12/13 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Danail Rachev conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$10-$105. 12/18 7 pm.

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra

Baroque masterworks & holiday carols. Benefits Reach Out & Read at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St.; 215-545-0502.

» READ MORE: www.pyos.org

. Donations accepted. 12/18 8 pm.

Symphony in C: Noteworthy & Nordic

Pianist Alon Goldstein performs Greig's Piano Concerto. Works by Sibelious. Rutgers University, 3rd & Pearl Sts., Camden; 856-963-6683.

» READ MORE: www.symphonyinc.org

. $17-$44. 12/13 8 pm.

Chamber music/recitals

Bell a Deux

Professional handbell duo from Lancaster County, PA. First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield; 856-429-2326. Donations accepted. 12/14 4 pm.

*FREE*

Chamber Players Orchestra: Chamber Ensembles

Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad St.; 215-204-8307. 12/14 2:30-4 pm.

Gregory DeTurck, Pianist

Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868. $15; $12 seniors; $10 students. 12/14 3 pm.

*FREE*

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Music Program

Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-1333. 12/15 7:30 pm. Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-526-5745.

» READ MORE: www.brynmawr.edu

. 12/16 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

The Pastoral Winds

Southern NJ woodwind quintet. Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mount Laurel; 856-234-7319. pastoralwinds.20m.com. 12/14 2 pm.

PCMS Concert: Anonymous 4

All-female a cappella quartet. St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

. $23. 12/12 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Bolcom & Morris

Husband & wife duo performing cabaret tunes from the early 20th century. Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsconcerts.org

. $23. 12/13 8 pm.

PCMS Concerts: Tokyo Quartet I

Works by Haydn, Bartok & Mendelssohn. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080.

» READ MORE: www.pcmsmusic.org

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$27. 12/14 3 pm.

Philly Winds Quintet Concert

Sounds of the Season, Russian folksongs & Hungarian dances. St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 101 Worthington Rd., Exton; 610-363-7285.

» READ MORE: www.stpauluccexton.org

. $10; $5 children over 8 & students. 12/14 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Winter String Concert

Youth Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Players Orchestra, Baroque Players & Classic Strings. Tomlinson Theater, 1301 W. Norris St.; 800-838-3006, 215-204-1334.

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12/13 4-6 pm.

*FREE*

Youth Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Ensembles

Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad St.; 215-204-8307. 12/14 4-6 pm.

Opera/Choral

Academy of Vocal Arts: An Evening of Russian Romances

Evening of classical Russian opera & songs. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.; 215-735-1685.

» READ MORE: www.avaopera.com

. 12/16 7:30 pm. 12/18 7:30 pm.

Ama Deus Ensemble: Handel's Messiah

1749 London Covent Garden version performed in Baroque pitch & on period instruments. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19th & Walnut Sts.; 610-688-2800. voxamadeus.org. $25; $10 students. 12/12 7 pm. Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. $25; $10 students. 12/14 4 pm.

Amici Opera Company: L'Africana

Meyerbeer's grand opera fully-staged. The Garden Church, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 215-224-0257.

» READ MORE: www.thegardenchurch.org

. $22; $20 senior, student & advance; $10 children under 12. 12/14 2:30 pm.

Bright Hope Baptist Church Celestial Choir

J. Donald Dumpson directs. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100.

» READ MORE: www.philamuseum.org

. $20. 12/14 3 pm.

Bucks County Choral Society: Ringing in the Season

Ringwald's 'The Song of Christmas,' plus seasonal favorites & carol sing-alongs. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale;

» READ MORE: www.buckschoral.org

. $15, $13 seniors advance; $18, $16 seniors day of show; $5 students. 12/12 8 pm. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown;

» READ MORE: www.buckschoral.org

. $15, $13 seniors advance; $18, $16 seniors day of show; $5 students. 12/13 8 pm. 12/14 4 pm.

*FREE*

Chester Children's Chorus

60-voice chorus of children ages 8-17. First Pentecostal Holy Church, 324 Pusey St., Chester; 610-872-5449.

. 12/13 8 pm.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey

Haddonfield-based youth choir. Haddonfield Memorial High School, 401 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

» READ MORE: www.childrensong.org

. $10 advance; $12 day of show; $7 seniors & youth 12-17; free for children 11 & under. 12/13 7 pm.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey

w/Garden State Chorale. St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 230 N. Evergreen Ave., Woodbury.

» READ MORE: www.childrensong.org

. $10 advance; $12 day of show; $7 seniors & youth 12-17; free for children 11 & under. 12/14 3 pm.

Community Christian Choir: Priceless Promise

St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, 626 S. Olden Ave., Trenton; 609-587-7076.

» READ MORE: www.ccchoir.com

. Proceeds benefit Mt. Carmel Guild. 12/12 7:30 pm. Villa Victoria Academy, 376 W Upper Ferry Rd., Ewing; 609-587-7076.

» READ MORE: www.ccchoir.com

. Proceeds benefit Mercer County Special Olympics. 12/14 3 pm.

Cristina Fontanelli, Soprano: Christmas in Italy

Italian opera selections & holiday favorites. Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City; 609-344-8877.

» READ MORE: www.dantehall.org

. $25. 12/13 8 pm.

Ephrata Cloister Chorus

German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St.; 215-627-2332.

» READ MORE: www.ephratacloister.org

. $20. 12/14 3 pm.

Gloucester County Children's Choir: Winter Concert

St. James Lutheran Church, 400 Columbia Ave., Pitman; 856-589-1180.

. Donations accepted. 12/14 4-5:30 pm.

*FREE*

A Great & Mighty Wonder: Celebrating the Messiah's Birth

Choir of St. Mary's performs Christmas Cantata. Refreshments to follow. St. Mary's Church, 32 Carroll Ave., Williamstown; 856-629-6142.

» READ MORE: www.stmarypf.org

. 12/13 8-9 pm.

Main Line Ecumenical Choir & Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Annual performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. St. Thomas of Villanova, 1229 W. Lancaster Ave., Rosemont; 610-525-4801.

. $10; $2.50 students; $1 children under 12. 12/13 8 pm.

Media Chamber Chorale: Seasonal Sounds

St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Rd., Malvern; 610-446-2011.

. $10-$15. 12/13 7:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media; 610-446-2011.

. $10-$15. 12/14 2 pm.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia: From Heaven on High

Christmas music by Mendelssohn, Bach & Mosakowski. Also featuring a brass quintet & organist Michael Stairs. St. Paul's Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.; 215-893-1999.

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$25 advance; $30 day of show; $15 students. 12/13 4 & 8 pm.

The Philadelphia Chamber Chorus: Songs of Glory

Featuring seasonal works by Poulenc, Rutter & others. Conducted by Raquel Garcia. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St.; 610-352-3565.

. $20-$24. 12/14 4-6:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

W/the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Julian Wachner conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

» READ MORE: www.philorch.org

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$18-$105. 12/14 2 pm.

Princeton Pro Musica: Handel's Messiah

Princeton Pro Musica presents its annual performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Trenton War Memorial, 200 Barracks St., Trenton; 609-683-5122.

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$25-$45. 12/14 3 pm.

The Vienna Boys Choir

Renowned vocal ensemble with 500-year history. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

» READ MORE: www.keswicktheatre.com

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$28.50-$35. 12/16 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Winter Children's Choir Concert

Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad St.; 215-204-8307. 12/17 7:30 pm.

Dance

American Repertory Ballet: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

Retelling of the holiday favorite. Trenton War Memorial, 200 Barracks St., Trenton; 609-984-8400.

» READ MORE: www.arballet.org

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$20-$30. 12/13 2 pm.

Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker

All-time favorite holiday show at The Performing Arts Center. Stockton Performing Arts Center, College Dr., Pomona; 609-652-9000.

» READ MORE: www.stockton.edu/pac

. $20-$35; $15-$30; $10 children under 12 with adult ticket. 12/12 7:30 pm. 12/13 1 & 5 pm.

Brandywine Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Phillips Memorial Bldg., West Chester; 610-696-2711.

» READ MORE: www.brandywineballet.com

. $20-$35. 12/13 2 pm. 12/14 6 pm.

Cambodian Classical Dance

Student performance. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215-922-3456.

» READ MORE: www.fleisher.org

. 12/13 11 am.

ContempraDance Theatre: Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up

Philadelphia-themed twist on 'The Nutcracker' featuring comedy, rap & classical, modern, jazz & hip-hop dancing. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.; 610-225-3007.

. $28; $22 students & children. 12/12 8 pm. 12/13 2:30 & 8 pm. 12/14 12:30 & 4:30 pm.

Leahy

Fiddle-driven music, step dancing & vocals by 8-member group of brothers & sisters from Canada. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701.

» READ MORE: www.annenbergcenter.org

. $25-$45. 12/12 8 pm.

*FREE*

Miro Dance Theatre: Open Studio Series

New dance & video works in progress, as well as previous pieces from the Miro repertoire. Girard College, 2101 S. College Ave.; 215-962-4773.

» READ MORE: www.mirodancetheatre.org

. 12/18 6:30 pm.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Traditional holiday spectacular featuring Russian artists including gold medalists from international competitions. State Theatre Center For The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton; 610-252-3132.

» READ MORE: www.nutcracker.com

. $33-$38. 12/14 1 & 4:30 pm.

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 1 Penkethman Way, Cape May; 609-463-1924.

» READ MORE: www.middlepac.com

. $18; $12 students; $9 children 9 & under. 12/14 1 & 4 pm.

The New Jersey Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker

Fully narrated version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet. Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor; 609-570-3333.

» READ MORE: www.kelseytheatre.net

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$12. 12/12 7 pm. 12/13-12/14 2 & 4 pm.

Nutcracker 1776

Story of 2 children captivated by the holiday excitement of colonial Philadelphia at a turning point in American history. Centennial Hall, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 215-551-7010 x1776.

» READ MORE: www.haverford.org

. $25; $15 students; $35 VIP Nutcracker tea ticket package. 12/13 11 am & 4 pm. 12/14 1 & 4 pm.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll. W/choreography by Balanchine & music by Tchaikovsky. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1955.

» READ MORE: www.paballet.org

. $14-$116.50. 12/12 7 pm. 12/13 11 am,3 pm & 7 pm. 12/14 noon. 12/18-12/19 7 pm.

Other performances

Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater

Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; Sold out.

» READ MORE: www.glennbeck.com

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12/15 7:30 pm.

The Melange Variety Cabaret Holiday Show

Proceeds benefit Philly to New Orleans, an ongoing program of charity & volunteerism to aid in the restoration of New Orleans & its music community. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

» READ MORE: www.worldcafelive.com

. $10. 12/13 6 pm.

Steal This Show

Comedy revue featuring some of Philly's best young performers. Connie's Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St.; 215-279-7587.

» READ MORE: www.conniesricrac.com

. $10. 12/12 8 pm.