5 Must-See Broadway Shows for the Holidays

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‘The Front Page’ at the Broadhurst Theater

Set in the dingy, nicotine-stained pressroom of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, “The Front Page” is the story of a group of newspapermen who act like the fraternity brothers they probably once were. They pass the time trading wisecracks and discussing dames while they wonder when their colleague, Hildy Johnson of the Chicago Examiner, will show up. It takes him a while, of course and when he finally does make his entrance, that’s where the plot begins to unfold.


‘Oh, Hello on Broadway’ at the Lyceum Theater

Unquestionably one of the funniest plays in town, comics Nick Kroll and John Maloney of Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” are Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two gentlemen whose mission is to bring 1970s shabbiness to today’s Disneyfied Great White Way. The two typify a kind of Manhattan sensibility, which is rare today, while frequenting the local diner, ordering overstuffed tuna salad sandwiches to recall their classic shtick, “Too Much Tuna,” or making rather smart Upper West Side references such as the Judaica shop that is always closed or Mr. Faizon’s foreboding warning that, “whether I live in your building or not, I am somehow on your co-op board.”


‘Holiday Inn’ at Studio 54

The most unabashedly holiday-themed show of the lot, “Holiday Inn,” which bestowed upon the world the Irving Berlin song “White Christmas” and “Happy Holidays,” canvasses multiple holidays from Easter to the Fourth of July. Set in 1946, this is a story about Jim, with Bryce Pinkham (Bing Crosby in the film), who, tired of life on the road as a nightclub performer, proposes marriage to his dance partner Lila (Megan Sikora). He gives up his singing career, and along with the third partner in the act, Ted (Corbin Bleu), moves to a farmhouse in the country. To stave off foreclosure, Jim takes advantage of the farmhouse’s 15 bedrooms and turns it into a hotel and nightclub that is only open on holidays, hence the show’s title and new name of the farmhouse, “Holiday Inn.”

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