Crowd favorites It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and A Very DIE HARD Christmas return for a holiday rep run with brand new casts! Theatre Unleashed is thrilled to once again bring back its celebrated “Naughty and Nice” rep, which includes two of the company’s most popular holiday traditions; It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and A Very DIE HARD Christmas at The Belfry Stage in NoHo.
“The ‘Naughty and Nice’ holiday rep has become a beloved tradition that our patrons look forward to year after year and we’re honored to be part of our audience’s holiday traditions,” said Jenn Scuderi Crafts, the company’s co-artistic director and the director of Wonderful Life. “This is the sixth year we’ve presented Jim Martyka’s beautiful adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life. Not only does it continue to delight audiences, but there are now loving nods to past casts’ work and performances written in. I’m so excited to work with this entirely new cast this year and bring this show to life yet again.”
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up a live radio version of Frank Capra’s touching masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it’s the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
In A Very DIE HARD Christmas, a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired…and he doesn’t like Christmas. This is much more than a stage version of the holiday classic DIE HARD, its parody at its best with Christmas miracles and familiar holiday friends galore.
Once again Jenn’s husband and TU Managing Director Gregory Crafts will direct Die Hard, setting the stage for a friendly rivalry between the company’s “naughty” and “nice” factions.
“This is the third year in a row we’re bringing this smash hit to that stage,” Crafts said. “If you’re a child of the 80’s or 90’s, this surefire parody crowd pleaser is guaranteed to make you laugh and cheer.”
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play will run Thursday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees. A Very DIE HARD Christmas will run Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.
For tickets and information, please check out the official Theatre Unleashed website.
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