MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is pleased to present “Judy’s Scary Little Christmas” at 80 Hanover Street in Manchester.

“Judy’s Scary Little Christmas” is an outrageous spoof of holiday TV specials from yesteryear and a look behind the scenes at the stars they featured. Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman and Liberace all join Judy Garland to ring in the holidays, while cameos of Joan Crawford, Richard Nixon and Lillian Hellman all add spice to the punch. Eight musical numbers performed by a cast of 14 make this clever parody an affectionate look back at the Golden Age of Television and a delightful holiday show for today’s audiences.

Judy Garland is primed for her biggest comeback ever – the dazzling star of her own TV special, broadcast live on Christmas Eve, 1959. Judy’s guests include Bing Crosby (making some holiday “grog”), Ethel Merman (plugging her Hawaiian album), and Liberace (with a handsome sailor in tow). However, mysterious snafus behind the scenes and cameo appearances by commie-baiting Vice President Richard Nixon (who performs a magic act) and blacklisted writer, Lillian Hellman, (who’s forced to read “Children’s Letter to Santa” with a puppet) throw Judy’s program off course. The surprises climax when the arrival of Joan Crawford is interrupted by the spectral figure of…Death. The evening takes a detour into the twilight zone as the celebrities are forced to confront the lies behind their legends. Devastated and alone, Judy meets a special fan who ultimately proves that, despite her flaws, her shining legacy still endures.

Join for “Judy’s Scary Little Christmas” on Thurs., December 5 at 7:00 p.m., Fri., December 6 at 7:00 p.m., Sat., December 7 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sun., December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at The Majestic Theatre Studios located at 880 Page Street, Manchester. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors 65 and above. Rated PG for some adult content. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 603-669-7469, online at www.majestictheatre.net or at the door prior to the performance.

 

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