One of Atlanta’s best-loved venues is getting ready to deck the halls and set the stage for a lineup filled with holiday cheer. We’ve spotlighted four of their can’t-miss holiday events. ‘Tis the season to be wowed and make memories.
November 23 and 25: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
From the Fox Theatre: Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity-defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.
We asked Neil Goldberg, director and creator of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, about the creative process behind putting together the music of such an eclectic, layered show. We wondered: how does one pay homage to American holiday traditions, like music, while staying fresh and innovative?
“Since music is the vocabulary of Cirque Dreams Holidaze family stage spectacular, it undoubtedly plays an integral role in the creative process. Staying true to the holiday season requires special sounds, songs and musicality that audiences are accustomed to embracing at this time of the year,” Goldberg said. “Our composers integrate these sentiments into every original piece of music so that it not only compliments the arc and theme of each of the over 20 scenes throughout the show, but relates to the audience on multiple sensory levels and emotions. Combining this formula with licensed rights for popular songs such as Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock and more further enhances the audiences theatrical journey and makes for a memorable experience.”
November 26: Manheim Steamroller Christmas
From the Fox Theatre: This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.
Ever wondered how this tour became a sensation? Hear what creator Chip Davis had to say:
“Everyone in the music industry back in 1984 told me, ‘A Christmas album? You can’t do that. Only artists who have run out of ideas ever do a Christmas album.’ But you know me. When someone says ‘It’ll never work’ I take it as a personal challenge! And here we are in 2016, planning for our 32nd annual Christmas Tour which continues to play to sold-out audiences throughout the nation.”
November 27: The Hip Hop Nutcracker
From the Fox Theatre: The contemporary re-imagining of the classic ballet is a holiday mash-up for the entire family! Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Featuring all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist!
In a city where hip hop culture thrives and countless Atlantans flock to see the Atlanta Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker each year, we asked Jennifer Weber, director and choreography of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, what’s it like to perform this twist on a holiday tradition in Atlanta, in particular.
“I think the beauty of The Hip Hop Nutcracker is that we stay true to hip hop culture and to the classic story of The Nutcracker,” Weber said. “Being in a city where both art forms are so deeply rooted is extremely exciting as it gives fans from both worlds an opportunity to come together and enjoy a new holiday tradition.”
December 19: Mighty Mo and More
From the Fox: Follow the flurries as the Fox Theatre celebrates the season with a very special Atlanta tradition, the 11th Annual Mighty Mo & More — a FREE holiday event. Harkening back to the 1929 opening where Atlantans enjoyed the family fun as they were delighted by dancing girls, the Disney classic toon “Steamboat Willie,” performances on the Mighty Mo organ and a viewing of the film “Salute.” In honor of the historic grand opening, this year’s celebration presented by Georgia Natural Gas will include a musical prelude on the beloved Mighty Mo by Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society, followed by a special screening of “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Fox Theatre for tickets to a few of the above-mentioned shows. We always love the holiday events at The Fox and we know you will too. This post contains affiliate links.