Musical Miracle on 34th Street at the Orpheum, Dec. 12

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm, The Orpheum Theatre will host the only Illinois engagement for the national tour of the musical Miracle on 34th Street.

The Orpheum Theatre takes you on a journey to rediscover the magic of believing that wishes can come true and miracles still happen in Meredith Willson’s (“The Music Man” & “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”) musical production of one of the best loved holiday classic tales, Miracle On 34th Street. This heartwarming story by Valentine Davies, originally written for the 1940’s movie of the same name, is brilliantly brought to life in a fully staged musical production.

The story follows the adventures of an elderly gentleman named Kris Kringle who must leave his cozy existence at the Maplewood Retirement Home because Maplewood only keeps elderly people as long as they are in good physical and mental health. There is also the matter of Kris continuing to claim that he is Santa Claus, which calls his sanity into question.

Featuring an imaginative set, stylish costumes of the period, superb choreography and the wonderful sound of Meredith Willson’s fabulous lyrics and score including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “May the Good Lord Bless & Keep You”, this holiday family show is sure to leave every audience believing in love and miracles once again.

Miracle On 34th Street is produced by Troupe America Inc., now in its 25th year of touring musicals and comedies in every state of the union and province in Canada. It is directed by John Tsafoyannis with musical direction by Dennis Curley and choreography by Michael Mathew Farrell.

Tickets can be purchased at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office, 250 E Main Street, 342-2299, or at the door. Tickets prices range from $20 to $35 with student prices at $10.