Check out bold twists on the Grinch, ‘Nutcracker’ and more

Christmas within the metropolis: Rockefeller Heart’s tree, Radio Metropolis’s Rockettes, New York Metropolis Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” However let’s say you’ve already been there, seen that: Are you performing the Scrooge by hoping for different methods to rejoice the season? Hardly. Xmas is the season that retains on giving, providing new twists on evergreen traditions.

Listed here are 5, for quite a lot of tastes.

Uptown and up-to-date

Jill Jones

Think about if Scrooge took the A prepare. The Classical Theatre of Harlem did simply that with “A Christmas Carol in Harlem,” a family-friendly journey scored to gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B.

“There’s numerous dance, numerous music from the ’70s, ’80s and present-day,” says the theatre’s producing inventive director, Ty Jones. “You’ll hear about some well-known Harlem landmarks, too.” And sure, you’ll acknowledge Dickens’ characters, even when this Ghost of Christmas Current seems in a rainbow of sequins. Saturday, 1 and eight p.m., at Metropolis Faculty Heart for the Arts’ Aaron Davis Corridor, 135th Road and Convent Avenue; tickets from $10 to $50;

Irish and literary

Melissa Gilbert and Rufus Collins "The Dead."
Melissa Gilbert and Rufus Collins “The Lifeless.”Carol Rosegg

Don’t let the title deter you: The Irish Repertory Theatre’s “The Lifeless: 1904” is something however lethal. Set in a grand, turn-of-the-century city home a spud’s toss from the Met, this vigorous, immersive adaptation of James Joyce’s traditional story unfolds throughout you.

Melissa Gilbert heads an impeccable, Irish-accented solid as Gretta, a spouse with a secret. Admire the tree within the parlor as you sip your Irish whiskey or scorching cider, then observe the dancing, singing and violin soloist into the lounge. In case you purchased a $300 ticket (or received one for $19.04 within the lottery), you’ll be a part of Joyce’s characters for a lavish Christmas dinner full with figgy pudding. Later, Lily the maid will lead you to an upstairs bed room, the place this poignant drama ends. By Jan. 13, varied occasions, on the American Irish Historic Society, 991 Fifth Ave., at 80th Road; $150 and up at, 212-727-2737; some $19.04 tickets by lottery via

Sizzling and spicy

Mark Shelby Perry

Austin McCormick grew up with “The Nutcracker.” From age 5 on, the Santa Barbara, Calif., native tells The Put up, he danced each function in that Tchaikovsky chestnut, solely to surprise what it could be prefer to make it “a variety-show sort of occasion.” And so he has: The “Nutcracker Rouge” he choreographed for his Firm XIV is a fusion of circus arts, burlesque, opera, ballet and baroque dance.

Now in its seventh yr, this sensual, kinky “Nutcracker” is greatest loved by viewers 21 and older, who can partake of the venue’s two bars. By Jan. 13, varied occasions, at Theatre XIV, 383 Troutman St., Bushwick, Brooklyn; $75 and up;

Candy and bitter

Gavin Lee as The Grinch and Mackenzie Jane Mercer as Cindy Lou.
Gavin Lee because the Grinch and Mackenzie Jane Mercer as Cindy Lou.Jordan Bush

Judging from the brand new film, Bloomie’s vacation home windows and all these woolly inexperienced hats round city, the Grinch is having a second. Headed our manner is “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” staring Gavin Lee, recent off his Tony-nominated flip as Squidward in Broadway’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

“I’m enjoying him fairly flamboyant,” says Lee, a cheery father of three. “There’s not lots of subtlety once you’re enjoying somebody in a inexperienced furry costume with massive lengthy fingernails with hair on the finish of them. These gloves are unbelievable, however they’re a ache to choose up any props with.” Oh, however you’re a intelligent one, Mr. Grinch — you’ll determine it out! Dec. 13-30 varied occasions, at Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard, four Pennsylvania Plaza; $39 and up; 866-858-0008;

Uplifting and true

Brad DeCecco

“Amahl and the Night time Guests,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s 45-minute opera, debuted on Christmas Eve 1951, on TV. Now, the story of a poor shepherd boy and his mom, who open their humble dwelling to a few kings, is being carried out . . . in a soup kitchen.

“We’re turning it on its head a bit,” says On Website Opera director Eric Einhorn. On this model, the vacationers aren’t rich however homeless males, with whom the shepherd shares what little he has.

“Amahl” is sung in English, with skilled soloists and a refrain of 18 previously homeless folks. “We’ve been working with them since September,” Einhorn tells The Put up, “they usually’re great.” Saturday, at 2 and 6 p.m., Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 296 Ninth Ave. Free, however donations of nonperishable meals are welcome and reservations are required;

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