"The MeshugaNutcracker" Arrives in Austin on Dec. 19

"The MeshugaNutcracker" Arrives in Austin on Dec. 19

Just in time for the end of Hanukkah, the musical comedy “The MeshugaNutcracker” debuts in movie theaters nationwide Dec. 19.

“The MeshugaNutcracker” showcases eight stories that pay tribute to the first celebration of Hanukkah in the new state of Israel, as well as Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance.

Written and directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim, Shannon Guggenheim and Stephen Guggenheim, the full-length musical comedy features the silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm, a fictional town of fools, underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

Alongside original lyrics in honor of Hanukkah, “The MeshugaNutcracker” includes dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot and special guest stars bringing audiences delight as they celebrate this holiday season.

Presented by Fathom Events in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment, “The MeshugaNutcracker” will be shown in U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. local time. During this screening, Emmy Award-winning Broadway star Bruce Vilanch will appear on screen as a special guest.

Locally, The MeshugaNutcracker” will be shown at Arbor at Great Hill 8, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, 78759; Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave, 78738; Metropolitan Stadium 14, 901 Little Texas Lane, Austin, 78745; and Southpark Meadows, 9900 South IH-35 Service Road Southbound, Austin, 78748.

"No matter what religion you are, no matter what you celebrate this time of year - it's about finding the light in people, finding light in yourself, letting the holidays truly illuminate everything around you,” Shannon Guggenheim, lyricist and one of the co-producers, said. “And yes, it does sound schmaltzy but that's why we balance it with a lot of schmaltz in our show! That really is what we're trying to do: give families something bright and fun but also poignant and meaningful to celebrate this time of year." ■

Tickets for “The MeshugaNutcracker” can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

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