These shows, holiday and not, remain on Twin Cities stages. But hurry, as many of them close on Sunday.
Christmas has gone and New Year’s is still several days away. This weekend is nestled nicely between the two holidays, and if you can pull yourself away from the Hominy Grits Bowl on ESPN III, you might enjoy yourself in this fine theater season.
A Christmas Carol
The Guthrie production lacks some of the gravitas and full-throated pageantry of years ago, but it is still an occasion — an outing for families and individuals who want to celebrate their yule with the story of a bitter man who is transformed. J.C. Cutler plays the miserly Scrooge. Kris Nelson is noteworthy for his suffering Bob Cratchit.
7:30 p.m. Fri., 1 & 7:30 p.m . Sat., 1 & 7 p.m. Sun., ends Sun., Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., $28-$85, 612-377-2224
Phantom of the Opera
If you’re looking for an event on a grand scale, this behemoth usually serves the purpose. The producers have “streamlined” the mega-musical’s staging — which means it only needs 21 trucks to transport. The chandelier is still there, and so is the story and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score.
8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 1 & 6:30 Sun., ends Jan. 5, Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $44-150. 1-800-982-2787 or www.hennepintheatretrust.org.
The Wizard of Oz
Speaking of Lloyd Webber, he has inserted himself into this classic. Most of the original songs remain, and Lloyd Webber wrote new material to “fill in a few holes.” This Canadian production has Danielle Wade musing on life over the rainbow as Dorothy, but the Wicked Witch (Jacquelyn Piro Donovan) elbows her way into a greater presence. Hmmm, don’t suppose the success of “Wicked” had anything to do with that.
7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., ends Sun., Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, $26-$98, 651-224-4222 or www.ordway.org)
Traci Allen plays the title role with near perfection, but the stepfamily devours the furniture. Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund squabble as Pearl and Dorcas — the sisters from Hell — and Autumn Ness kicks in as the mother. It’s all over-the-top in Peter Brosius’ production, which has drawn rave reviews from audiences.
2 & 7 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat., 2 & 5 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Mon., ends Jan. 5, Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls., $10-$52, 612-874-0400 or www.childrenstheatre.org.
I Saw Daddy Marry Santa Claus