Presents don’t need to be tangible.
Instead of buying an item that special someone will most likely lose, lose interest in or regift, give your loved one an experience that they will remember. Few things are better for those long lasting memories than the theater. These five shows will bring out the magic of the season and serve as the perfect present – one that doesn’t need wrapping paper or a bow.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Even if your holiday heart is “two sizes too small,” you still can’t help but love Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Incorporating music into the timeless classic, venture forth into the cheery world of Whoville and the mean old Grinch who wants to take away Christmas from the people of Whoville. Part of Broadway Philadelphia, this show taps into the true meaning of the holidays in a colorful display of whimsy. | Dec. 19-29. Prices and times vary. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets
“Please Sir, can I have some more?” No matter how many times you’ve read, watched or parodied Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, we can always “have some more.” Travel the streets of 19th century London with orphan Oliver as he meets a motley cast of characters, including the Artful Dodger and a juvenile crew of thieves. Immerse yourself in the musical adaptation of Dickens’ social satire with favorite songs like, “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.” | Now-Dec. 30. Prices and times vary.The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. quintessencetheatre.org/oliver/
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is a yuletide Philly tradition. For its 50th anniversary of the seasonal classic, dance your way into the Land of the Sweets and meet giant mice, an enchanted nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Young and old will be dazzled by sets, costumes, dancers, orchestra and a story that will continue to captivate audiences throughout the ages. | Now-Dec. 31. Prices and times vary. Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St. paballet.org/programs/nutcracker/
This Is The Week That Is
The Carol Burnett Show meets SNL’s ‘Weekend Update” in this lively and comical variety show. With the stress of the holiday season, nothing seems more appropriate and necessary than a good laugh. Each night showcases new material during the political satire segment, which is based on the daily headlines. | Now-Jan. 5. Prices and times vary.Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.1812productions.org/
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Danny Devito many not be making an appearance in the Walnut Street Theater production of Matilda, but the show is still an absolute treat. Based off the book by Roald Dahl, the award-winning musical is filled with magic, bravery, friendship and smarts. Using the power of imagination, and some telekinesis, schoolgirl Matilda takes on the evil Ms. Trunchbull and shows all that you can shape your own destiny. | Now-Jan 6. Prices and times vary. Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org