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Give the Gift of Theater With These Dallas-Forth Worth Shows

December 17, 2018 by Mary McKinny
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What do you get the theater-lover in your life? Tickets to a show, of course. With TodayTix’s help, you can scoop up savings to local and touring productions year-round, but the offerings are extra festive this time of year.

Here’s what every theater fan would like to find in their stocking this year.

“A Christmas Carol”

“A Christmas Carol” at Dallas Theater Center
Artistic director Kevin Moriarty has boldly reimagined Charles Dickens’ classic, condensing the tale of a miserly businessman who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by three spirits. The industrial set, designed by Tony-winning Beowulf Boritt, hides nearly as many surprises as the cast, who play many of their own instruments during the traditional carols.

Texas Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker” at Bass Hall
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Tchaikovsky, whose famous music scores the story of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, the Rat King, Uncle Drosselmeyer, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. From now until Christmas Eve you can catch the famous ballet at Bass Hall, performed by an internationally recognized company of dancers.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” at Stage West
Emily Scott Banks returns to star in Tom Mula’s one-actor take on Dickens’s famous tale. Scrooge’s former business partner is given one last chance to escape his shackled fate by redeeming his still-living — though exceedingly stingy — friend, and both find themselves changed from the adventure.

“Solstice” at Theatre Three
Everyone’s favorite couple from last year’s debut of “Solstice” has returned, and now Stuart and Paulette are out to cause from mischief at NorthPark Center. Playwright Jonathan Norton has given the kooky couple a brand-new holiday adventure, with help from local scribe Janielle Kastner and musician Cherish Robinson, that promises to be unlike any other Christmas tale out there.

“Chicago” at AT&T Performing Arts Center
C’mon, babe, why don’t we paint the town — from Dec. 18-23, that is. Broadway’s longest-running American musical brings its razzle-dazzle to the Winspear, and it’ll be hard not to get swept up with the sensational story of Roxie Hart and her fellow merry murderesses. Kander and Ebb’s astute tale of celebrity at any costs is still wildly relevant, and comes accompanied by Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography.

Joe Barbara and Frankie Leoni in “A Bronx Tale.” (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

“A Bronx Tale” at AT&T Performing Arts Center
Loyalty and family are at the heart of this streetwise musical, which is based on the film directed by Robert De Niro and original one-man show by Chazz Palminteri. High-energy dance numbers and a score from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater combine in the story of a young man who’s caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. The national tour opens the day after Christmas and runs through Jan. 6, 2019.