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Full Length Musical, Comedy

Book and Lyrics by Kevin Hammonds / Music by Charles Miller

A hysterical and heart-warming new family musical set in New York over the Christmas period.
Mr. Christmas
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  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Christmas/Holiday
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner of BEST MUSICAL at the 207 NEPTA Awards (Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatre Alliance).
Description

Real Estate shark, Kyle Prescott has his marching orders: Tear down a New York City homeless shelter in order to build a Cineplex - even if it is one week before Christmas. Kyle is humbled and amazed when he meets older resident Nick who has amnesia but also a giving spirit, even under such dire circumstances.

Meanwhile, as Christmas grows near, the elves at Santa’s Workshop have concerns of their own: Santa has been missing for nearly a year, and the workshop supervisor, Dolly, has no intentions of looking for him. Two of Santa’s best helpers, Scooter and Jack, head off to Santa’s last known whereabouts: New York City.

With his supervisor breathing down his neck, Kyle is feeling pressure to shut down the shelter, but when he learns that Nick was found unconscious in a Santa suit, he starts to believe that his new friend may be the actual Santa Claus. As the hustle and bustle of Christmas in New York builds to a frenzy, so does the action-packed twists and turns of this hysterical and heart-warming new family musical. This soon-to-be classic is filled with rousing Broadway tunes, and touching Christmas songs that will get even the most jaded city dweller in the holiday spirit.

History
Mr Christmas was originally produced at “The Corner Bistro Dinner Theatre” Carbondale, Pennsylvania, December 2007.

Real Estate shark, Kyle Prescott has his marching orders: Tear down a New York City homeless shelter in order to build a Cineplex – even if it is one week before Christmas. However, Kyle's world is turned upside down when he descends upon the homeless residents who are less fortunate but seem so much richer than he ever could be.

Upon his first meeting with the shelter owner, Patricia, sparks fly as the two battle wits, as well as their attraction for one another. After he meets older resident Nick who has amnesia, Kyle is humbled and amazed at Nick's giving spirit and gratitude even under such dire circumstances. Suddenly, closing a deal isn't as important, and Kyle starts to long for a family of his own.

Meanwhile, as Christmas grows near, the elves at Santa's Workshop have concerns of their own: Santa has been missing for nearly a year, and the workshop supervisor, Dolly, has no intentions of looking for him. But two of Santa's best helpers, Scooter and Jack, can't sit back while Santa is missing in action. Together, they leave the workshop, and head off to Santa's last known whereabouts: New York City. An enterprising Elf with her own agenda, Dolly aspires to take over the holiday herself, and isn't about to let Scooter and Jack ruin her plan, so she follows them, determined to stop them at any cost.

With his supervisor breathing down his neck, Kyle is feeling pressure to shut down the shelter, but when he learns that Nick was found unconscious in a Santa suit, he starts to believe that his new friend may be the actual Santa Claus. Kyle discovers Nick's soul possession from the previous life he can't remember: an angel for his pocket, the very same angel Kyle offered to Santa when he was a child. Suddenly, Kyle is certain that Nick is the real deal. Together, he and Patricia try to help Nick get his memory back before Christmas Eve. Getting through the busy streets of New York is hard enough, but throw in two Elves lost on the mean streets of Manhattan, an evil Elf determined to stop them, and a budding romance between two sworn enemies, and it's anyone's guess if Nick will remember his true identity in time for Christmas.

As the hustle and bustle of Christmas in New York builds to a frenzy, so does the action-packed twists and turns of this hysterical and heart-warming new family musical. This soon-to-be classic is filled with rousing Broadway tunes, and touching Christmas songs that would get even the most jaded city dweller in the holiday spirit.

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Specifics

Details

Setting:

Mr Christmas begins on the busy streets of New York City, only a few days before Christmas. In New York, the action focuses on the ‘Second Chance Homeless Shelter’ in a less than desirable neighbourhood and ‘Bridges Department Store’. Mr Christmas also takes us to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole where the elves are busy trying to manage without Santa.

Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Principals: 6 Men, 5 Women

KYLE - 30s. An uptight business man with a gentle, caring side he has hidden under designer coats and an artificial veneer.

PATRICIA - Late 20s. A fiercely independent woman, Patricia is strong willed, but loving and generous, and not at all afraid of a battle, especially when protecting those she cares about.

NICK - 60s. Found homeless, and dressed in a Santa suit, Nick can’t remember who he is, or anything about his past, but for the present he happily offers other residents a very giving heart - almost like Santa himself.

YOUNG DOLLY - Pre-teen/Adult Dolly (30-40s). An enterprising, ruthless supervisor in Santa’s workshop, where all the elves are children, until they leave The North Pole on their own. Once Young Dolly leaves Santa’s workshop, she turns into a confident, bold and vivacious grown woman.

YOUNG SCOOTER - Pre-teen/Adult Scooter (20s). A dim-witted, but lovable and loyal elf who leaves the safety and comfort of elf life in the North Pole, and learns to think for himself for the very first time.

YOUNG JACK - Pre-teen/Adult Jack (20s). An incredibly nervous, by-the-book elf who always follows the rules, until pushed out of his comfort zone and forced to face his many fears.

GRACE - 50s. Efficient, hardworking and affable manager of the largest Santa display in New York City.

LIPTON - 60s. Cantankerous, but lovable resident at The Second Chance Shelter.

LUCY - 40s. Resident of The Second Chance Shelter. A loving mother, and grateful recipient to Patricia’s charity.

SARAH - Pre-teen. Lucy’s precocious little girl who tells it like it is.

GRAYSON - 30s. Sharp dressed, smooth talking business man who oozes slimy charm when working another business deal.

Ensemble roles:

CANDY - elf

COAL -  elf

TEDDY - elf

COMMUTER

GOLUB - convict

TIARA - convict

BAD GIRL - child

PEE BOY - child

SECURITY GUARD

LUCY'S HUSBAND

Music

  • Musical Style: Jazz, Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus
1. ''Mr Christmas Overture'' - Orchestra
2. ''Christmas In New York'' - Company
3. ''Second Chance'' - Patricia and Company
4. ''Angels In My Pocket'' - Nick and Others
5. ''What's A Christmas Without Santa Claus'' - Elves
6. ''Fruitcake'' - Nick, Kyle and Patricia
7. ''Fruitcake Reprise'' - Patricia
8. ''Dolly Christmas '' - Dolly
9. ''Christmas In New York Reprise'' - Company
10. ''Red Velvet'' - Grace, Patricia and Dolly
11. ''Mr Christmas'' - Kyle, Patricia and Nick
12. ''Mr Christmas Entr'acte'' - Orchestra
13. ''Merry Christmas'' - Company
14. ''Christmas Lights'' - Kyle
15. ''Dolly Christmas Reprise'' - Dolly
16. ''Bad To The Bone'' - Scooter and Jack
17. ''Pivot'' - Company
18. ''That's What Christmas Is About'' - Dolly and Grayson
19. ''Second Chance Reprise'' - Patricia
20. ''Mistletoe'' - Kyle and Patricia
21. ''Christmas In New York Reprise'' - Company
22. ''I Can See It Now'' - Company
23. ''Mr Christmas Curtain Call'' - Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Piano

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Full Package:
25 Libretto Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal Score

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Christmas In New York
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Mr Christmas
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Christmas Lights
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Mistletoe
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I Can See It Now
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Authors

Kevin Hammonds

Kevin wrote book and lyrics for When Midnight Strikes (cast recording available on iTunes) and Brenda Bly: Teen Detective (published by Samuel French). Other musicals written with Charles Miller include Hope, No One in the World

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Charles Miller

Charles has become a highly regarded composer over the last decade. He has composed a number of musicals, many in collaboration with New York lyricist Kevin Hammonds. These include the highly acclaimed Brenda Bly: Teen Detective which opened at the Bridewell Theatre, London, and has since b ...

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