The Short List
An A&E pocket guide for December
12/2-3 The story begins in Harlem in the 1950s. But The Chocolate Nutcracker transports you all over the globe in this urban take on Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday story, featuring more than 300 young performers taking the stage at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. LaVerne Reed’s production emphasizes and celebrates diversity.
THE BALLAD OF B.B. AND LUCILLE
1/ 1 Forget the radio, CDs or even LPs. To really hear the blues and appreciate B.B. King for all that he is you have to see him live. The Southern gent sweats rhythm, and with his famed guitar Lucille in hand, B.B. (real name Riley) is making a stop at Hard Rock Live to churn out the blues and his signature mix of swing, jazz and mainstream pop.
SLEIGH BELLS RINGIN’
12/1-18 Leave your own baggage at the door, and follow someone else’s Christmas craziness for a change. The stage play Sleigh, presented by Orlando Shakespeare Theater, follows a young couple preparing for the frenzy of the holiday season, store owners battling the annual retail madness as they try to lure competitors’ customers, and three mail carriers dealing with poor penmanship and the elements.
All month The snow is falling nightly in the town of Celebration—never mind that the flakes are really made of a nontoxic foam. But the wee ones don’t have to know that, if you get our drift.
12/12-13 It’s more than a green giant. It’s 19 songs, fantastic sets, dancing, and the familiar cast of characters that made the film series so successful. It’s Shrek the Musical on stage at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.
SPEAK INTO THE VOLUTONE
12/1-4 See one of the best films ever in a different light as A Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play tells the classic story as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of a few dozen characters on stage, Southern Winds Theatre traces the tale of George Bailey as he considers doing something drastic on Christmas Eve.