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Tinseltown Christmas

Another Christmas Eve, and Monica Ness, still feeling the sting of Christmases past, wants nothing to do with it. Turning on her TV to escape the usual holiday hoopla and the thought of another evening living next door to a neighbor she can’t stand, Monica is suddenly confronted by the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood, who miraculously pop out of their Christmas movies and through her TV screen on a mission to bring her a little Christmas cheer, Hollywood style. When the stars realize that Monica is not quite a fan, they cook up a plan to generate a little assistance from that annoying next door neighbor.

As their plan unfolds into a musical comedy of errors, Monica and her neighbor Steve, not only rediscover Christmas, but find a way to capture their own Hollywood romance. 

Tinseltown Christmas was developed in Association with New Musicals, Inc., for the University of California, Irvine’s Holiday production. It opened at the Claire Trevor Theatre in December, 2012 and was subsequently produced at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido, CA, and for two holiday seasons at the Attic Theatre in Orange County, CA.

Book and Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson.