Show Palace Dinner Theatre stages 'Big Apple Christmas'

Big Apple Christmas opens Nov. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, with Santa Claus (Monte Michelsen) and singer-dancers, from left, Tiffani Robinson, Kristina Osterling, Michelle Alagna, Jessica Petrillo, Mollie Fischer and Erika Scott. It was written by Boogie Wonderland writers Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee.

Courtesy of Scott Daniel

Big Apple Christmas opens Nov. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, with Santa Claus (Monte Michelsen) and singer-dancers, from left, Tiffani Robinson, Kristina Osterling, Michelle Alagna, Jessica Petrillo, Mollie Fischer and Erika Scott. It was written by Boogie Wonderland writers Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee.

The Show Palace Dinner Theatre will take the audience back to New York City 1954, with a new story and new songs, in Big Apple Christmas.

"It's a story as old as time and as new as today's paper," said Susan Haldeman, company manager.

In it, three homeless kids wind their way through Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Times Square, Broadway and a magical toy shop where toys come to life, to the accompaniment of all-new songs by pianist Stan Collins and lyricist Alison Burns.

Despite the antics of bumbling gangsters Rocco and Lou (Joel Gennari and Michael Miller), young Christopher (Eric Alexander Vance), Tommy (Matthew Romeo) and Paige (Megan Sell) make it through the city A-okay.

There are appearances by Santa Claus (Monte Michelsen) and the help of police detective Rex Darlington (David Valentine) and a determined newspaper reporter, April Hollythorne (Elizabeth Claire Bailey).

Others in the show are Mark Melton, Lukas Cyr, Tiffani Denae Robbins, Erika Scott, Mollie Fischer, Jessica Petrillo, Spencer Morrow, Kristina Osterling, Michelle Alagna and Britt Rish II.

The story was written by Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee, who also wrote the summer show, Boogie Wonderland.

In addition to original songs, the show also has traditional ones, such as We Wish You a Merry Christmas and the Twelve Days of Christmas, and it ends with an audience sing-along.

If you go

Where: Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson

When: Matinees and evenings Thursday through Dec. 25. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (doors open at 6 p.m. for buffet and cash bar); 3 p.m. Sundays (doors open at 1 p.m.) and 1:15 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (doors open at 11:30 a.m.).

Tickets: Dinner and show, $48; show only, $36.95, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 or toll free 1-888-655-7469.

Show Palace Dinner Theatre stages 'Big Apple Christmas' 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 1:50pm]

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