MetroStage’s Holiday Musical Spoofing Broadway, Dickens

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 12.20.46 PM.pngLast week Metro Weekly offered a roundup of many of the holiday-themed shows and events on tap this season. But there are just so many in this town we couldn’t possibly cover them all in one fell swoop. In fact, we overlooked one of my personal favorites, MetroStage’s annual offering A Broadway Christmas Show. Kathy Feininger’s stage show spoof tells the famous Charles Dickens classic by altering the lyrics to familiar Broadway tunes, 30 or so in all, from The Music Man to Sweeney Todd to Annie

The result is a pretty gay show, especially with gay Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Michael Sharp at the helm. In years passed Sharp has played Scrooge, but this year the show’s director and choreographer turns over the bah-humbugging to Peter Boyer — who played Scrooge when MetroStage first started its holiday tradition in 2010 — while Tracey Stephens plays The Woman Who Isn’t Scrooge and Russell Sunday is The Man Who Isn’t Scrooge. (Howard Breitbart, who previously played The Man Who Isn’t Scrooge, is this year’s music director, a.k.a. The Man Behind The Piano.) 

“I always think of it like the Carol Burnett Show,” Sharp told Metro Weekly in an earlier profile. “[Three] people playing a million different characters. Sometimes we crack each other up. You never know what’s going to happen.” 

Tonight, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., and weekends to Dec. 22. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $50, though tonight’s show is specially priced at just $35. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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