Favorite Christmas characters return to downtown stages

November 25, 2014 4:50 PM

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The ultimate splashy holiday variety show has become an institution since it premiered at New York's Radio City Music Hall in 1933. For the past 20 years, touring productions have presented the show in other cities, as well. This edition has been spruced up with new numbers and effects, while retaining such signature sequences as "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity." As always, the main event is the precision dancing of the fabulous Rockettes. There will be 47 performances, Dec. 5-28, at Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800-982-2787, BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com; 713-558-8887, TUTS.com; or RadioCityChristmas.com.

Charles Dickens' immortal 1843 novella chronicling a miser's miraculous reformation is the world's best-known secular Christmas story - and the most frequently retold in every conceivable format and medium. Theaters across America have made it an annual tradition and Houston's Alley is no exception....

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