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Curtain call: December performing arts calendar

Russian Nutcracker

The Great Russian Nutcracker.

(Photo courtesy of Moscow Ballet)

December performing arts performances Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Into the Woods and The Great Russian Nutcracker.

12.1: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds

Murray — the actor and sometime North County resident – will read from American classics and sing standards, alongside German cellist Vogler and others. (So we got that going for us. Which is nice.)

California Center for the Arts, Escondido: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253, artcenter.org

Bill Murray and cellist

Actor Bill Murray performs alongside German cellist Vogler and others.

(Courtesy photo)
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12.1-3: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

That slipper is around here somewhere: The new-ish musical-stage version of the fairy-tale favorite waltzes into town again.

San Diego Civic Theatre: 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, broadwaysd.com

Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

(Carol Rosegg)

12.1-12.17: Into the Woods

The young, ambitious company takes on the Stephen Sondheim-composed riff on fairy tales — born at the Old Globe 31 years ago.

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Sapphire Theatre Co. at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center: 930 Tenth Ave., downtown,619.384-4781, sapphiretheatrecompany.com

12.1-24: Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

The beloved story of a department-store Santa who might be the real deal gets the musical treatment once more in this encore of last year’s SDMT success.

San Diego Musical Theatre at the Horton Grand: 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 858.560.5740, sdmt.org

Miracle on 34th street

Miracle on 34th: A Live Musical Radio Play.

(Ken Jacques)

12.1-24: A Christmas Carol

Scrooge keeps on doing his penny-pinching thing – at least until those ghosts show up — in Cygnet’s rich Victorian revival.

Cygnet Theatre: 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525, cygnettheatre.com

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol.

(Ken Jacques)

12.1-30: Festival of Christmas

Lamb’s keeps it yuletide-y with “A Fargo Christmas,” a play that’s brand-new to the long-running “Festival” tradition.

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Lamb’s Players Theatre: 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org

12.8-10: Dickens Unscripted

The “Christmas Carol” author gets the improv treatment in this freewheeling, full-length piece from L.A.’s Impro Theatre.

North Coast Rep: 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055, northcoastrep.org

Dickens Unscripted

An improvised play featuring Charles Dickens' style.

(Photo courtesy of Impro Theatre)

12.14-24: An American Christmas

The holidays will be grand at the Grant once again as Lamb’s Players rolls out its sumptuous feast-and-theater ode to Christmas circa 1917.

Lamb’s Players Theatre at the U.S. Grant Hotel: 326 Broadway, downtown, 619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org

An American Christmas

A feast-and-theater ode to Christmas circa 1917 will play at Lamb's Players Theatre at the U.S. Grant Hotel.

(Courtesy photo)

12.16: Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas

The star of TV (Glee) and stage (Annie on Broadway) serves up favorite Christmas songs and stories with a twist of wit.

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California Center for the Arts, Escondido: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253, artcenter.org

Jane Lynch Swinging Christmas

Jane Lynch (center) performs favorite Christmas songs and stories alongside Tim Davis (left) and Kate Flannery (right).

(Courtesy photo)

12.21: The Great Russian Nutcracker

The Russian company’s sprawling production of the Tchaikovsky favorite will put more than 100 artists onstage — not to mention towering puppets and a live Christmas tree.

Moscow Ballet at the Jacobs Music Center: 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804, nutcracker.com

Russian Nutcracker

The Great Russian Nutcracker.

(Photo courtesy of Moscow Ballet)

12.21-23: The Nutcracker

Members of the San Diego Children’s Choir will accompany the ballet in this full-scale production of the holiday classic.

San Diego Ballet at UC San Diego: Mandeville Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., 619.294.7378, sandiegoballet.org

12.26-31: Motown the Musical

This is one jukebox musical that’s bursting with tunes – some 60 of them altogether, encompassing decades of Motown hits.

San Diego Civic Theatre: 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, broadwaysd.com


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