The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Book and lyrics by Jahnna Beecham Music and Lyrics by Malcolm Hillgartner
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world--so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There's not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It's up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.   For more information or to request a script please contact us at info@broadwaylicensing.com.  
  • Genre: Musical Comedy
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Cast: 10 f, 9 m (19-40 actors possible: 10-20 f, 9-20 m)
Reviews

Perry Tanenbaum, Creative Loafing Charlotte

"Turns out that the Robinsons, the playwright (who died in 2013) and her daughters, were pretty prudent themselves in choosing Beecham and Hillgartner. . . . The catastrophic rehearsal scene, causing Rev. Hopkins to cancel the pageant after the Herdman herd has stampeded it, is rockin' pandemonium . . . a very gratifying achievement."

Jenni Strazulla, Charlotte Smarty Pants

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical is the PERFECT way to get you into the holiday spirit. It's a musical the entire family can enjoy."

Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer

"Did Best Christmas Pageant really need to be a musical? Yes."

Production History
PERFORMANCE DATES PRODUCTION GROUP LOCATION
Dec 20, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Roanoke Children's Theatre Roanoke, VA
Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Bay Area Children's Theatre Pleaanton, CA
Dec 8, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 The Rose Theater Omaha, NE
Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 Purchase Players Mayfield, KY
Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Hope Elementary School Hope, IN
Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Opera House Players Elkader, IA
Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Grand Prairie Arts Council Grand Prairie, TX
Nov 28, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Actors' Playhouse Coral Gables, FL
Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Children's Theatre of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017 Lake Center Christian School Hartville, OH
Dec 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Destiny World Outreach Center Killeen, TX
Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Southwest Iowa Theatre Group Shenandoah, IA
Dec 8, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Market House Theatre Paducah, KY
Dec 8, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Pittsburgh Playhouse Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 2, 2016 - Dec 4, 2016 Holly Hill Academy Holly Hill, SC
Dec 2, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Jeans Playhouse Lincoln, NH
Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Interlakes Summer Theatre Center Harbor, NH
Dec 11, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015 Dance Unlimited Performing Arts Center/Spotlight Acting Academy OKC, OK
Dec 4, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Theater Plus! Marshfield, MA
Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 17, 2015 Stage Door Manor Lock Sheldrake, NY
Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 The Children's Theatre of Charlotte Charlotte, NC