Category Archives: Theater

Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas

Fringe theater, Boston

Photo Credit: Michael von Redlich/MvR Photography

Tomorrow night Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans open with a new production for their annual holiday theatrical show at the Ramrod Performing Arts Centre in the Fenway.

Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas runs from Thursday, December 4th through Sunday December 21st  (a 3 week limited engagement!)  Tickets are currently on sale with general admission pricing approximately $43 and reserved seating approximately $53.  For more information about this musical based on the 1947 classic, “The Bishop’s Wife” and to purchase tickets follow the link below.

Get Your Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! Tickets Here

Slutcracker opens on December 5th

slutcrackerOne of Boston’s more notorious holiday traditions is the R-rated burlesque show, The Slutcracker.  The satirical version of the classic ballet has a naughty edge and draws a far more rowdy crowd than those attending Boston Ballet’s production at the Opera House.  Sergio and I attended this show a couple years ago and had a good laugh.  I would strongly recommend making a night of it by planning dinner or drinks, but arrive with plenty of time if you go with a large group on a weekend since it is general seating.

The Slutcracker is for adults only (18+) and opens on Friday, December 5th. Performances run through New Year’s Eve, but check their calendar in the link below since they don’t have performances every night.  All performances are at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square.  You may purchase tickets here.

Boston needs more theater space

Fringe theater, Boston

Gold Dust Orphans perform “Jesus Christ, it’s Christmas” at Ramrod nightclub            December 4-21, 2014

Last week’s Boston Sunday Globe Ideas section had a large editorial piece entitled Arts everywhere.  It included articles praising and supporting the city’s commitment to further invest in the arts scene.  It also included some novel concepts including a great piece by Peter DuBois, artistic director for Huntington Theatre Co who calls for more theater space for what he refers to as “fringe theaters” and I couldn’t agree with him more.

Boston’s local theater scene is in the midst of a Renaissance.  The quality of performances, the variety of shows and the depth of talent is better now than I can ever recall.  However, that ingenuity and the audacity that these ‘fringe’ theater companies provide needs to be nurtured.  DuBois suggestion that the city needs to streamline permitting to create short-term ‘pop-up’ theaters and to provide tax incentives to landlords to open up under-utilized space for makeshift art venues is spot on.  The closure of The Factory Theater (in the Piano Factory) earlier this year only highlights the plight of these smaller, edgier theater companies.

Christmas with the Crawfords in NYC opens December 11th

gay theater, new york city, nycOne month from today Richard Winchester, producer and co-founder of Artfull Circle Theatre in San Francisco will return to New York City with an hilarious holiday musical comedy hit, Christmas With the Crawfords.

The show, which opens on December 11th, stars Joey Arias as Joan Crawford and  Chris March as her darling daughter Christina. Connie Champagne returns as Judy Garland — a role in which she has garnered international acclaim. Sherry Vine (Keith Levy) will take on the dual role of Hedda Hopper and Baby Jane Hudson in her first appearance in the show.

The production is based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast of the Crawford family from their Brentwood mansion in the late 1940s, “Christmas With the Crawfords” is a loving homage to and parody of Hollywood’s Golden Age and is filled with appearances of major Tinsel Town icons, such as Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson and the Andrews Sisters.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Christmass with the Crawfords runs Tuesday – Thursday on December 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, & at 7:30pm.  Friday & Saturday shows on the 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 begin at 8:00pm. Sunday performances on December 14 & 21 begin at 7:00pm.

All performances take place at Abrons Art Center – 477 Grand Street – NYC 10002.  Tickets are $45 for general admission. Get your tickets here.

Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! Dec. 4 – 21st

Ryan Landry, Gold Dust OrphansRyan Landry and his troupe, The Gold Dust Orphans, are back with a new Christmas special that opens Thursday, December 4th and runs through Sunday December 21st  (a 3 week limited engagement!)  Tickets are currently on sale with general admission pricing approximately $43 and reserved seating approximately $53.

Get Your Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! Tickets Here

Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas! is based on the 1947 classic, “The Bishop’s Wife”, “Jesus Christ” features all new songs and dances, plenty of fabulous costumes and positively gorgeous sets! As is always the case with The Gold Dust shows, this is not a kid-friendly program and those easily offended should probably go elsewhere, but for everyone else, come down to the Ramrod Performing Arts Center to see this soon to be classic, Jesus Christ, It’s Christmas!

Tickets to 4 GIRLS 4: A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER

Broadway artists Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie and Maureen McGovern will perform one show only in Boston at The Wilbur Theatre on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Get your tickets here.

 

Hub Theatre Co. of Boston presents: 6 Hotels

hub theater company of BostonThe Hub Theatre Company of Boston will close its second season next month with playwright Israel Horovitz for the Boston premiere of 6 Hotels.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00.  The shows will run from Friday, November 7th through Saturday, November 22nd at Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and may be purchased here.