The Christmas holiday, which is right around the corner, is a popular time for seeing Broadway shows. However, if you are thinking of finally buying some Broadway tickets so that you can take your visiting family to a show, or if you’re considering making a last-minute trip down to the box office to snag seats, you should bear in mind that Broadway tends to change its schedule around during major holidays like Christmas.
Very few Broadway shows will have performances on December 25, Christmas Day, or on December 24, Christmas Eve Day. If you are determined to spend Christmas on Broadway, though, there are a few notable exceptions. A Christmas Story, Newsies, and Spider-man Turn Off the Dark will all have matinee performances on Monday, December 24. On Tuesday, December 25, Chicago, Evita, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will all perform in the evening, providing a perfect activity for families who have spent all day feasting and are ready for a little entertainment.
Many Broadway shows will make up for their “lost” Christmas Day performances by scheduling matinees on Thursday and/or Friday, days that rarely offer matinees. With many people taking all of Christmas week off for vacation, these could prove to be very popular performances for Broadway shows, especially the more family-oriented ones.
See the entire Christmas Week Broadway performance schedule here.
Starting with tonight’s performance, the Broadway musical Elf will be celebrating its own version of the ’12 Days of Christmas’ in honor of the holiday season. At the conclusion of select performances of the Christmas-themed musical taking place between now and December 13, a member of the show’s cast will choose a random seat number. The person sitting in that seat will win a prize, courtesy of a participating partner.
The prizes being given away (each of which is worth at least $250) include a dessert class at chocolatier Jacques Torres, a $250 Macy’s gift card, a spa package, a $500 luxury designer gift basket, a Hard Rock Cafe prize package, a two-night stay at Doubletree Metropolitan, a Warner Brothers DVD package, and a M&M’s World prize package.
These are the performances in which the special prizes will be given away: 11/27 at 7pm, 11/28 at 2pm & 7pm, 11/29 at 7pm, 12/4 at 7pm, 12/5 at 2pm & 7pm, 12/6 at 7pm, 12/11 at 7pm, 12/12 at 2pm & 7pm, and 12/13 at 7pm. All one has to do to be eligible is buy a ticket to see Elf on Broadway on one of those dates and times. Furthermore, even the audience members who don’t win the special prize at those performances will still get an assortment of offers from the show’s participating partners.
As we mentioned previously, the holiday season will be featuring a few special Christmas shows on Broadway. Now another seasonal show has been added to the list: Elf the Musical. A holiday success when it debuted on Broadway two years ago, Elf is now back for a limited run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it will play from November 9 to January 6.
Based on the 2003 family film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is about a human who is raised at the North Pole among Santa’s elves and then goes off to New York City to find his birth family. With a charmingly funny book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie), and a tuneful score by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, Elf the Musical did well on Broadway when it first debuted in 2010 for a limited engagement.
Unlike the other Christmas shows (e.g. Radio City Christmas Spectacular), which conclude at the end of December, Elf the Musical will actually be playing into the New Year. This can be a gamble on the part of a Broadway show. On one hand, it can be a smart choice since some families are still assembled for the New Year and will be looking for Broadway entertainment in early January. On the other hand, it can backfire since January is a notoriously slow month on Broadway and most people are focusing on work after the holiday. Since Elf will be the only holiday show still running, though, the gamble might pay off.