With an arctic chill on the way, it’s time to find some indoor entertainment this holiday season. Fortunately, Long Island theaters across Nassau and Suffolk are offering up enough productions to keep you occupied every weekend until New Year’s!
Check out our must-see theatre list for the late fall/early winter season:
“Annie” at Smithtown Performing Arts Center
November 9th – January 20th
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.
Director Tommy Ranieri has assembled some of Long Island’s best to bring the story of everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan to the stage this holiday season!
“columbinus” at EastLine Theatre
November 9th – November 23rd
In the nearly 20 years since Columbine, school shootings from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have recurred with depressing frequency and increased body counts, leading to repetitive rounds of memorializing the dead and issuing desperate calls for action — tighter gun laws, better mental health screening and support. columbinus takes these tragic and seemingly inescapable tales head on. it explores the realities of adolescent culture through the eyes of those involved with the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. The play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence.
Where: 2123 Wantagh Ave Wantagh, NY 11793
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $22
“Phantom” at Star Playhouse
November 9th – November 24th
The musical is a bloody melodrama about the frightening caped and masked “phantom” living in the depths of the Paris Opera. The Phantom, Erik, lives for beautiful music and is mesmerized by a young and beautiful soprano, Christine. He offers to train the girl and make her into a great singer. Trouble ensues when Gerard Carrier is fired as the Opera House Manager and replaced by the revolting diva, Carlotta, and her husband Cholet. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) and a book by Arthur Kopit (Nine) the musical is a more faithful adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Star Playhouse stages it for the second time 14 years after their original production with many members of the original cast and production team on board.
Where: 74 Hauppauge Road Commack, NY 11725
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 – $25
The Long Island Premiere of “Matilda” at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
November 14th – December 29th
The inspiring story of an extraordinary girl comes to life in Matilda, the Musical. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of the courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Packed with high energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this Broadway hit and winner of 16 Best Musical awards!
“Miracle on 34th Street” at The Argyle Theatre
November 14th – December 29th
A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, “The Music Man,” and based on the movie of the same name, “Miracle on 34th Street” features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heartwarming musical is pure family entertainment, wholesome without being cloying.
“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Three
November 16th – December 28th
Celebrate the season with Long Island’s own holiday traditionFollow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. Join Theatre Three for their 36th annual production of the immortal classic in all of its thrills, music, joy, and spirit.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” at CM Performing Arts Center
November 16th – December 22nd
The story from a cherished movie classic that’s enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. In 1940’s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas–a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.
Where: 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY, 11769
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and select Sunday and Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m., Matinees Sundays and Wednesday Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $18 – $42
“9 to 5: The Musical” at James Street Players
November 22nd – December 1st
“9 to 5” is based on the 1980 movie of the same name and centers on the downtrodden working lives of three women – Violet, Judy, and Doralee. They all work at Consolidated Industries, which is presided over by the sexist, lecherous, and pompous, Franklin Hart. Violet has worked at Consolidated for many years, but has never been given the chance to rise above senior supervisor status, although she is capable of much more. Judy is newly separated and joins the company having never worked before. Doralee is a sexy, happily married country girl, but she is ostracized from the other female workers. After Judy has an awful first day, Hart passes Violet over for another promotion, and Doralee finds out that Hart has been telling everyone they are having an affair, the three women unite in their hatred of Hart. Together, they rise above their sexist workplace and unite the women of the office. “9 to 5” is an inspiring story that remains relevant today and features a pop score by Dolly Parton herself. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Where: 21 James Street, Babylon, N.Y 11702
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Matinees on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.
“White Christmas” at BroadHollow at East Islip (BayWay Arts Center)
November 30th – December 15th
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation tells the tale of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song and dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two
follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”
“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at Merrick Theatre
November 30th – December 29th
Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. The musical features a beautiful score by Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”)
Where: 2222 Hewlett Avenue, Merrick NY, 11566
Tickets: $23, Call box office at 516-868-6400 to purchase tickets
“The Nutcracker” at Cultural Arts Playhouse
December 7th – December 22nd
The classic holiday ballet is brought to life onstage at Cultural Arts Playhouse with some exciting twists and turns. Join CAP for their holiday tradition featuring favorites like Marie, the Prince, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and many more!
“Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
December 21st & 22nd
This newly adapted musical telling of the classic Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life on the Boulton stage in Bay Shore. Celebrate the weekend before Christmas with an afternoon or evening of theatre the entire family can enjoy!
Where: 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY, 11706
When: Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.