What happens when you re-write Broadway show tunes to celebrate the holidays? Tampa actress, writer, and director Tiger von Pagel was chatting with some friends in the lobby of Carrollwood Players one night and her husband Greg almost jokingly asked the question.
As creative people will do, they spent the rest of intermission making up silly holiday titles based on well-known songs from musicals. What if “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum became “Hannukah Tonight?” What if the lyric “to dream the impossible dream” from The Man of La Mancha became “to give the impossible gift?”
The next day, Tiger was at her computer re-writing the words to some of her favorite Broadway songs, and an original show called The Holiday Revue was in the making. She would set the story in a shopping mall on Christmas Eve. Re-written lyrics from musicals would tell funny and touching stories about a colorful cast of characters going about their holiday shopping. And the show would feature all the holidays of the season, spreading a message of tolerance and diversity.
She brought her concept for the show to the CWP Board of Directors, and they loved the idea. Performances were scheduled and auditions were set. And just in time for the 2011 holiday season, The Holiday Revue premiered on the CWP Mainstage to rave reviews.
In early 2017, CWP was looking for some great shows that would be a perfect fit for the CWP Black Box Theatre, and enthusiastically decided it was time to bring back The Holiday Revue. Tiger agreed to return as writer and director, and this Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday/Broadway mashup show that thrilled audiences in 2011 will return with all new song parodies added, and an all new cast of singers!
In addition to spoofing musicals like Hair, Annie Get Your Gun, Wicked, Les Miserables, Funny Girl, Rent and others, this new production will feature a parody of Hamilton that is expected to delight audiences. The show also features some traditional holiday music, and heartwarming moments intended to remind us all not to let the stress of the holidays steer us away from the importance of cherishing each other, regardless of our traditions.
Tickets for The Holiday Revue are just $10 and performances will be on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 26th at 3 pm. The show will be presented in CWP’s intimate 50-seat Black Box Theatre, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.