Don’t want to sit at home watching the billionth rerun of It’s a Wonderful Life or another A Christmas Story marathon? Las Vegas has plenty of holiday-themed entertainment for you.
The Blanche DeBris Emergency Xmas Broadcast (Onyx Theatre, Dec. 10-13, 17-19) is variety with a wink and well-filled brassiere. The comedian and burlesque performer finds herself stranded in a rural brothel during a blizzard and puts on a giddy, glittery show. For comedy that’s Christmas Eve-at-midnight dark, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Onyx Theatre, Dec. 11-12, 18-19) looks at Santa’s creepy side. Prancer’s a failed actor, Blitzen is a militant feminist, Comet is in recovery and there’s allegations of sexual abuse and labor violations at the North Pole.
If you’re more for holiday cheer than holiday cynicism, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker (The Smith Center, Dec. 12-13, 18-20) has become a Vegas holiday tradition. Thrill to the giant dollhouse, the pirouetting pyrotechnics of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Tchaikovsky score performed by a full orchestra.
Of course, there’s plenty of holiday music to be heard. Human Nature offers their annual holiday program, Christmas, Motown and More! (The Venetian, Dec. 13-16 & 18-22) in which the quartet harmonizes on tunes such as “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night,” along with a few non-seasonal numbers. Legendary Ronnie Spector will bring her glorious voice to town in Best Christmas Party Ever (Orleans Showroom, Dec. 19-20), an evening of stories and songs from “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” to “Be My Baby.” Finally, Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry’s Holidays From the Heart (The Smith Center, Dec. 19) program returns to Cabaret Jazz. The torch singer and the piano whiz will serve up holiday classics as well as a few original variations on the theme.