Theater

Professional/semi-professional

American Songbook: An Evening of Music

Theatre Horizon presents this celebration of the music of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen & Jerome Kern. Closes 12/31. Montgomery County Cultural Center, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-283-2230.

. $18-$35.

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.

. $25-$50.

A Chorus Line

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

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$31.50-$86.50.

A Christmas Carol

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

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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.

. $15-$22; $10 students.

Defending the Caveman: National Tour

One-man comedy performance that examines the battle of the sexes. Closes 1/4. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

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$47.

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.

. $21.

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.

. $10-$50.

The Great Divorce

Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. Closes 1/4. Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395.

. $40.

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.

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.

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

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.

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$25-$42.

Plays From African Folktales

Exploration of the values embodied by Kwanzaa. Incorporates music & African dance. Closes 12/27. Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St.; 215-765-2793.

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$15.

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.

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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.

. $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.

Family theater

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.

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$26-$48.

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.

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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.

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.

. $14-$30.

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.

. $12; $10 children.

Three Little Bakers: Home for the Holidays

Classic & favorite holiday songs with lively choreography. Closes 12/28. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.

. $35.

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.

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$11; $9 children.

The Wizard of Oz

Family Stages presents this imaginative production in which 2 actors play all the characters. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland; 215-886-9341.

. $8. 12/27 11 am.

Dinner theater

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.

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

Classical Music

Orchestral

Greater Trenton Symphony: New Year's Eve Concert

Works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Berlioz, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, movie music & more. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; 609-984-8400.

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$25-$65. 12/31 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year's Eve Concert

Works by Strauss & Lehar. Conducted by Rossen Milanov w/soloists Heidi Strober, soprano & Hugh Russell, baritone. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.

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$48-$153. 12/31 7:30 pm.

Chamber music/recitals

Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks

English, French, Hessian & American marches dating from 1692-1809. Masonic Temple, Front & Barrack St., Trenton; RSVP required: 609-396-1776.

. $10; $5 children. 12/28 noon. 12/31 1 pm.

The Practitioners of Musick

Period music from early America & 18th-century Great Britain. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St., Trenton; RSVP required: 609-396-1776.

. $20. 12/30 6 & 8 pm.

Opera/Choral

Delaware Symphony & Rainbow Chorale: Broadway to Vienna

Works by Cole Porter, Otto Nicolai, Josef Strauss & Johann Strauss, Jr. David Amado conducts. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263.

. $55-$75. 12/31 7:30 pm.

Dance

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1955.

. $14-$116.50. 12/26 2 & 7 pm. 12/27-12/28 noon & 4 pm. 12/29 2 & 7 pm. 12/30 noon & 4 pm. 12/31 noon.

Other performances

The Capitol Steps

Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; 609-984-8400.

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$35. 12/29 8 pm.

Ho Ho Holiday Comedy Jam Hosted by Spank

Stars Mike Epps & features special guest Earthquake. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 215-568-3222.

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$39.50-$75. 12/26 8 pm.

The Holiday Comedy Jam Show

Presented by The Philadelphia International Players. Starring Michael Blackson & Charles Walden. The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 736-38 S. Broad St.; 215-893-9912.

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$25. 12/26 7:30 & 10 pm.

The N Crowd

The Actor's Center, 257 N. Third St.; 215-253-4276.

. $10. 12/26 8 pm.