Christmas Carols and More: Holiday Performing Arts on the East End

A Christmas Carol at Bay Street Theater
A Christmas Carol at Bay Street Theater

From A Christmas Carol to special live performances, East End performing arts centers have gotten creative this holiday season.

Bay Street Theater

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
November 28, 9 p.m., $50
A one-man performance of the classic holiday ghost story by Charles Dickens, this adaptation by Susan Lyons stars Tony winner Jefferson Mays in more than 50 roles, from Ebenezer Arden, Scrooge to Jacob Marley to the three spirits and everyone in between. Directed by Michael Arden, A Christmas Carol is a streaming event co-premiering at La Jolla Playhouse, Actors’ Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Iowa Stage Theatre Company, Sankofa Collective, South Coast Repertory, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Tallahassee, and Vermont Stage.

Season for Joy Holiday Concert with Melissa Errico
December 10, 8 p.m., $25
Theater icon Melissa Errico will ring in the holiday season with Bay Street Theater. Errico, who starred in White Christmas on Broadway, will sing holiday classics, Christmas favorites and great American standards. A New York Times contributor, Errico has a unique and dynamic storytelling style that shines through all of her work. This performance will be streamed live from the Bay Street stage.

Broadway on the North Fork

A Christmas Carol
December 9–20, prices vary
A three-hour, immersive experience starring Scott H. Severance, this one-man show is produced by Vanessa Leuck and Ethan Popp with First and South Bar & Restaurant. This unique take on A Christmas Carol features a three-course meal—dinner or brunch, depending on the date—and is performed in a socially distanced outdoor tent. Broadway on the North Fork is also partnering with Community Action Southold Town (CAST) to collect unwrapped toys, clothing and monetary donations for North Fork families in need at performances between December 9 and December 17.

The Gateway

Drive-In Theater
November 27–December 18, $40 per car
The Gateway’s Drive-In Theater features Long Island’s largest drive-in screen at 20’ x 40.’ The ongoing series of fan favorite films raises money for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County. This selection of films includes family classics like White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf, as well as edgier fare like Die Hard (it is a Christmas movie!):

The Wizard of Oz
Friday, November 27, 7 p.m.

Groundhog Day
Friday, November 27, 9:30 p.m.

The Polar Express
Saturday, November 28, 7 p.m.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Saturday, November 28, 9:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn
Sunday, November 29, 5 p.m.

A Christmas Story
Friday, December 4, 7 p.m.

Meet the Parents
Friday, December 4, 9:30 p.m.

The Santa Clause
Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m.

Die Hard
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, December 6, 5 p.m.

Home Alone
Friday, December 11, 7 p.m.

Jack Frost
Friday, December 11, 9:30 p.m.

Christmas Vacation
Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.

White Christmas
Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m.

Friday, December 18, 7 p.m.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

A Christmas Tale
Friday, November 27, 8 p.m.
This 2008 Cannes black comedy stars Catherine Deneuve as the matriarch of a family who is about to break the news that she’s very ill—just in time for the holidays. This is a live screening at WHBPAC with social distancing.

That Motown Band Holiday Show
Thursday, December 17, 8 p.m.
A special livestream featuring That Motown Band, this show features powerful vocals and an amazing rhythm section. The performance will be streamed from WHBPAC.

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