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Theater Professional/semiprofessional 1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is Ever-changing show that takes a witty look at local, national & international current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX). $20-$35.



1812 Productions: This Is the Week That Is

Ever-changing show that takes a witty look at local, national & international current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX).


. $20-$35.

A Moon for the Misbegotten Eugene O'Neill's companion piece to A Long Day's Journey Into Night. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$48.

Blue Man Group Three men, painted blue, present a show blending performance art, comedy & mime. Closes 1/2. University of the Arts - Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $25-$85.

Caesar's Palace O' Fun Lively mix of variety acts, music & comedy. Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30.

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion The acclaimed troupe's latest show blends Eastern & Western acrobatics. Temple University's Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.; ComcastTix: 1-800-298-4200. $45-$84; $40.50-$72 seniors, students and military; $36-$68 children 12 and under.

Hairspray A teen girl in '60s-era Baltimore sets out to win a spot on a TV dance show. Closes 2/5. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $22-$27.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Stage adaptation of the popular movie, featuring Berlin's music & lyrics. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$95.

Kate Ferber: One Child Born - The Music of Laura Nyro Ferber portrays nine characters as she performs selections of Nyro's music. Closes 1/6. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $22-$36 advance; $24-$36 day of show.

Les Miserables: National Tour Musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel. Closes 1/15. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; box office: 215-893-1999. $20-$100.

Nuncrackers Featuring Equity Guest Artist Micki Sharpe & Hedgerow favorite Susan Wefel. Closes 1/9. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 seniors; $10 students.

Parenting 101: The Musical Hilarious new musical about the many ups & downs of raising kids. Closes 3/6. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $35-$47.

The Three Musketeers (The Later Years) Holiday party w/an oddball cast of characters celebrating the holiday season with singing, dancing & dueling. Swashbuckling seasonal fun. Closes 1/9. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $35-$50; $32-$47 children 17 and under.

The Understudy An actor & his understudy clash over a role in a newly-discovered Kafka play. Opens 1/5. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $36-$55; $31-$55 seniors; $18-$55 students and ages 21-29.

The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show An arctic adventure where three unlikely friends battle a mysterious & malevolent force that's unraveling the tradition of Christmas. Theatre Horizon at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; box office: 610-283-2230. $27, $24 seniors; $37 on New Year's Eve, $34 seniors, $31 students.

Family theater


In this popular musical, a little redhaired orphan gets everyone to have hope for "Tomorrow." Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $25-$46.

Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 This fun show features memorable scenes from all three Toy Story movies. Closes 1/2. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215-339-7600. $15-$85.

Enchantment Theatre Company: Cinderella This nationally acclaimed original production features life-size puppets, masks, magic & music. Closes 1/2. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. $29; $25 students & seniors; $17 children.

Seussical the Musical Musical based on the characters of Dr. Seuss. Closes 1/22. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $12.

The Borrowers The story of a tiny family forced into the great big outdoor world when its ome beneath the floorboards is discovered. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

Community theater

In One Bed & Out the Other

A French couple find themselves tempted by a string of would-be & ex-lovers, & soon everyone finds themselves in bed with the wrong person. Off-Broad Street Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, N.J.; reservations required: 609-466-2766. $27.50-$29.50.

Rocky Horror Show A couple spends the night in the castle of a sinister scientist. Barnstormers Theater, 402 Tome St., Ridley Park; box office: 610-461-9969. $15.

Dinner theater

Murder at the Irish Wake

Comic murder-mystery centered on an Irish wake, where the dearly departed may have had outside help in taking his leave. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre box office: 215-238-1313. $42.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral/chamber music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra: Orient Express to Vienna

Musical tour along the route of the Orient Express & a variety of Strauss waltzes & polkas. Includes a champagne toast at intermission. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 1-800-374-7263.


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

Evening in the Colonial Kitchen Interact with food historians & historical characters while enjoying colonial cuisine. Cock 'n Bull Restaurant. Reservations recommended. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. $19.95; $10.95 kids.

Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra Founded in 1921, New Jersey's oldest professional symphony orchestra presents, with Boheme Opera, this New Year's Eve concert. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; box office: 609-984-8400. $25-$65. 12/31. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Mozart's 'Requiem' W/Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Works by Mozart & Debussy; Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $47-$132.

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. 1/2. 2:30 pm.

West Philadelphia Orchestra 15 talented Philly musicians playing an eclectic, vibrant mix of music inspired by Eastern European styles. Tritone, 1508 South St.; 215-545-0475.


Comcast Holiday Spectacular in 3-D

18-minute 3-D show, full of stunning original holiday imagery, music & more, is shown on the Comcast Experience video wall. Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd. Free.

The Crossing Professional chamber choir from Philadelphia specializes in contemporary music. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8855. $15-$25. 1/2. 4 pm.


Israeli Dancing

Informal weekly dance sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507, Ext. 19. $5.

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Ballanchine's The Nutcracker The classic holiday tale of a girl & her magical doll is brought to life through dance. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; box office: 215-893-1999. $30-$139.

Traditional Irish Music Session Features local set & step dancers & musicians. Those who play instruments are welcome to join in the fun. Plough & the Stars, 123 Chestnut St.; 215-733-0300. Free.