‘Tis The Season For Christmas Shows
It’s Time To Check Out Some Of The Hottest Tours Of This Holiday Season
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and we have all had our fair share of leftover turkey and pumpkin pie, we can officially kick off the Christmas season. This is the time of year where even the most mundane things seem a little brighter, smiles are often shyly exchanged between strangers, and the magic of the holidays seem to be peeking out from around each and every corner, bringing back fond memories of years gone by. Some of my favorite childhood memories are the traditions of Christmas, the brilliant lights and elegant decorations, yummy cookies, and big family dinners, and surrounding all this joy was the music. Ever since I can remember, music was a huge part of our Christmas celebrations, caroling with friends, listening to the church choir, and my mother playing all the old school Christmas albums while we trimmed the tree.
It truly wouldn’t seem like Christmas without the music and luckily there are a plethora of concerts and shows out there featuring everything from rock to hip-hop to the ballet. Check out our list of must see holiday shows and start some musical Christmas traditions of your own.
Born out of the ashes of the progressive metal band Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra was the brainchild of the late Paul O’Neill, a truly gifted composer, producer, and lyricist. TSO combines the power of rock with the beauty of traditional classical music and holiday tunes to create something unique. After the release of their second album, The Christmas Attic, and subsequent tour, TSO’s popularity skyrocketed. Fast forward to today and TSO is an arena rock machine consistently selling out venues year after year. The band features a wild light and laser spectacular along with giant moving video screens, enough pyro to make any heavy metal fan giddy with excitement, a full string section, not to mention some of the most amazing and talented musicians in the world. Their exciting and elaborate holiday productions have become a holiday tradition for many including my own family. This year’s show focuses on The Ghost of Christmas Eve, the best of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and much, much more. Don’t miss your chance to catch TSO live for a night you will never forget.
►A Christmas Story: The Musical
Prepare to be delighted as the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story comes to life live on stage in a Broadway style musical production. The show chronicles the adventures of young Ralphie Parker and his quest for the ultimate Christmas gift, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Add in an amazing touring cast, outstanding songs and dance number with plenty of humor mixed in and you have all the makings of the perfect holiday adventure. As the story unfolds, be on the lookout for the crazy department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, and the ultimate in sleepwear-pink bunny pajamas. Take a step back in time and check out one of the most endearing shows of the season. I triple dog dare you! Be careful though, you don’t wanna shoot your eye out kid.
►The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
In the 1980’s, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Brian Setzer revived the rockabilly music of the 1950’s with his band the Stray Cats and hit songs like “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut.” By the 1990’s, Brian would resurrect another beloved genre bringing back the jump blues of Louis Prima and the swing style of the big band era with the formation of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. His seventeen piece big band orchestra hit the pinnacle of success with their 1998 album The Dirty Boogie which earned them a Grammy award for their outstanding cover of Prima’s classic hit “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail.” In 2002, they would turn their attention to Christmas coming out with their first holiday album Boogie Woogie Christmas and have been going strong ever since. This year Brian and his Orchestra hit the road for their fifteenth Christmas tour, bringing you all your favorite holiday classics amped up with a little jump and swing. Prepare for a spectacular evening from one of the greatest guitarists of our time as you jump, jive, and wail your way to a great time. This is a tour guaranteed to entertain.
►Cirque Musica Holiday:Wonderland
If you’re looking for a one of a kind holiday show, you may want to check out the latest extravaganza from Cirque Musica Holiday as they present their Wonderland tour. It’s a concert and circus all rolled into one outstanding event. The concert combines all your favorite holiday classics performed by a live symphony orchestra along with incredible visuals and an array of acrobats and aerialists who will amaze you with their feats of wonder. Featuring an original Wonderland theme song from composer James Olmstead and lyricist Omri Schein, you will be transported to a magical place with dazzling costumes, beautiful music, and circus acts that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
►The Hip Hop Nutcracker
For those of you who want to experience something a bit untraditional this holiday season, The Hip Hop Nutcracker may be just the thing. In a true reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker score, the show combines the Christmas classic with out of this world New York City hip hop choreography. The show is guaranteed to dazzle bringing a dozen all-star dancers, an electric violinist, and even an on stage DJ for an urban take on this traditional tale. This is a show that has something for everyone plus it’s not everyday that you get to see breakdancing to a Tchaikovsky classic.
►The Beach Boys Reason For The Season Tour
For over fifty years, the iconic pop music of The Beach Boys has been synonymous with summer. They are as much a part of American culture as hot dogs, baseball, and apple pie. The beautiful vocal harmonies, pop rock arrangements, and “good vibrations,” made their special brand of surf rock stand out from the crowd. In November of 1964, the band released their seventh studio album, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, lending their west coast style to traditional holiday songs like “White Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman” as well as five original soon to be Christmas classics including “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “Little Saint Nick.” This past October, Beach Boys’ co-founder and lead singer Mike Love released Reason for the Season, a brand new collection of holiday tunes and announced an accompanying 22 date Christmas tour of the same name. The performance will feature brand new songs as well as Beach Boys’ holiday favorites. Put a little Americana back into your holiday season with this quintessential American band.
►Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Nothing is quite as elegant as and evening or afternoon at the ballet and this holiday season you can enjoy some of the best ballet dancers in the world as the Moscow Ballet is once again performing the Great Russian Nutcracker. The theatrical production is complete with elaborate sets, exquisite costumes, and breathtaking dance. Immerse yourself in the magic of the “Waltz of the Magical Snow Forest,” giggle with delight as the Nutcracker Doll dances for Masha, and prepare to be spellbound by the acrobatic feats during the “Arabian Variation.” Don’t forget the grace and delicacy of the Moscow Ballet’s exclusive “Dove of Peace” doing their part to promote peace and harmony throughout the world. It will simply take your breath away.
With all these options, there is something this holiday season for everyone, even the Grinch would have to agree. Happy holidays to all. Ho, Ho, Ho, get yourself to a show!