Are you ready for the holiday shows? Good, because they perform, accompanied by some world premieres and a little show called Hamilton – maybe you’ve heard of it?
In order of start date, here are six local shows to watch this month:
The supreme guide
Dallas Theater Center, until November 21
This world premiere, written by Don X. Nguyen, takes place at a boarding school in Switzerland, where Kim Jong-Un learns he’s next on the list after his older brother’s career-ending trip to Tokyo Disneyland. But he has to prove himself. Under the watchful eye of his guardian, he puts his brush aside to spy on his pretty American friend Sophie. Will “Oony” get the girl? Will he be his father’s pride? Set in the world of smelly cheese snow globe and rock climbing, this coming-of-age comedy imagines the last twists of Kim Jong-Un’s youth before his fateful return to North Korea.
Broadway at the Bass, until November 21
There is no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, mystery, memory of Cats. What started as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber bought a book of poems from an airport bookstore has grown into one of the oldest shows in Broadway history.
Dallas Summer Musicals, until December 5
The musical juggernaut returns to Music Hall in Fair Park. With a score blending hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater – a musical that had a profound impact on the culture, politics, and education.
Second thought theater, until December 11
As the closing production of the 2021 season, Sweetpea will be STT’s first in-person production in 18 months. After separating, a couple reconnect and decide to return to live together, introducing their pet birds to each other in the process. As the human relationship unwinds, an avian romance develops. At the same time clear and dark, familiar and strange, and shaded by juxtapositions between the ego and the id, Sweet Pea is Janielle Kastner’s disturbing reflection on the concept of intimacy and the “absurdity” of sharing space.
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Casa Manana, November 20-December 23
The holiday classic flies off the screen in this musical adaptation. Filled with holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, “The Island of Misfit Toys”, “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” and Everyone’s Favorite, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” the Family Musical Favorite characters including Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the elf, Bumble the abominable snow monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
A Christmas Carol
Dallas Theater Center, November 24 December 26
“It’s the season to be cheerful when Dallas’ favorite vacation tradition returns to the Wyly Theater. Three spirits have come to visit miser Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through the Christmases past, present and future that delight audiences in North Texas every year. But will that be enough to save Scrooge’s soul?