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Aladdin  
Orpheum Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
   
Around the World in 80 Days  
Lucie Stern Theatre Around the World in 80 Days
 
Long before The Amazing Race hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: Around the World in 80 Days. Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
   
Avenue Q  
New Conservatory Theatre Center Avenue Q
 
Now an NCTC holiday tradition, the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q returns to the Decker Theatre stage filled with racy puppets and boisterous songs. Naughty puppets take a hilarious look at life in New York City as they tell the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves to Avenue Q with high hopes and discovers his purpose in life with the help of his new neighbors: the girl monster next door, a therapist with no clients, the internet sexpert and Lucy the Slut. "It's like having a couple drinks with the characters of Sesame Street and hearing what they really think about life," writes SF Weekly.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Lesher Center for the Arts A Christmas Carol
 
Called "the Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area, " Center REP's annual holiday production boasts a stellar cast, memorable holiday music and an array of special effects that will delight and enchant the whole family. Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit of the holiday season. Scrooge is a tightfisted miser, hellbent on hoarding his money, when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Can they convince him to see the error of his ways before it's too late? Experience this Bay Area tradition at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
   
A Christmas Story: The Musical  
The San Francisco Playhouse A Christmas Story: The Musical
 
You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", A Christmas Story: The Musical lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse.
   
Coney Island Christmas  
Coastal Repertory Theatre Coney Island Christmas
 
A young Jewish girl gets cast as Jesus in her school's Christmas pageant in Coney Island Christmas, a seasonal story for people of all ages and faiths by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies. Weaving together nostalgia, music and merriment, the play picks up many decades later, criss-crossing through time as Shirley Abramowitz recounts this memorable bit of autobiography -- as well as her immigrant parents' astonished reactions -- to her great-granddaughter. Don't miss this timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays as it plays at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in the Oakland area.