With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, many of us have our sights set on the December holidays. That means that holiday-favorite songs, movies and other stories are abound. From The Nutcracker to A Christmas Story, this holiday season, there are plenty of holiday classics to be enjoyed at theaters and stages around Metro Detroit.
Too Hot to Handel (Dec. 1)
Too Hot to Handel takes Handel’s Messiah and gives it a Detroit-style twist with plenty of jazz, gospel, blues and soul. Local jazz legends, the Too Hot orchestra and Rackham Symphony Choir will come together for one night to deliver their rendition of this seminal work of Christmas music.
John Legend (Dec. 6)
The legendary artist John Legend will take to the stage of the Fox Theater this December for “A Legendary Christmas Tour.” This tour is to promote Legend’s first Christmas album, which includes favorites like “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Silver Bells,” as well as six new, original tracks.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage (Dec. 15)
Since 2013, this stage adaptation has faithfully brought the classic TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, to life. Charlie Brown has the “Christmas Blues” and just wants to see people appreciate what Christmas is really about: spending time with the people you care about. Watch as Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cast of characters bring Christmas to life.
Mannheim Steamroller (Dec. 16)
One of America’s most popular Christmas and holiday acts is coming to the Fox Theatre. Mannheim Steamroller, led by composer Chip Taylor, delivers neo-classical renditions of holiday favorite tunes. There’s Gregorian chanting, medieval-style compositions, synthesizers, orchestral pop, dancers, snow machines and more to enjoy form this holiday performance.
A Christmas Story (Dec 20-22)
This musical rendition of A Christmas Story is based on the popular Christmas film by director Bob Clark. Ralphie Parker just wants an air gun for Christmas, but not just any air gun; an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Will Ralphie’s Christmas wish come true? See this seminal Christmas classic like never before with songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of the NBC show Smash.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (Dec. 23)
The Nutcracker is brought to life on stage by the Moscow Ballet in this performative rendition of the classic holiday story. The Moscow Ballet’s talented dancers and elegant costumes make this a must-see adaptation of the magical story about toys in a war with mice in the Land of Sweets.
Tran-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Dec. 29)
Celebrating 20 years of wowing audiences around the world, the Tran-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Detroit just in time for the new year. The Tran-Siberian Orchestra puts on a spectacle of a show that includes large electronic displays, pyrotechnics, lasers and, of course, amazing music. There’s nothing quite like this rock band.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 6)
Since its first performance in 2014, The Hip Hop Nutcracker has given audiences a fresh take on a holiday classic. When Maria-Clara is kidnapped on New Year’s Eve, a nut cart owner by the name of Myron the Nutcracker steps in to save the day. The magic of time travel puts our hero in 1985 at a nightclub by the name of The Land of Sweets. There, Myron comes up against Maria-Clara’s captors, a mouse ear-wearing gang that delivers a hip-hop take on Pas De Dex, Dance of the Flowers and The Russian Dance.
A Christmas Carol (Now until Dec. 23)
Originally written in 1843 by Charles Dickens, the Meadow Brook Theatre has been putting on this classic production for Metro Detroit audiences for the past 35 years. Enjoy the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and ultimately learns the true meaning of the Christmas.