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Judy's Scary Little Christmas

"Magical! A side-splitting musical parody...wickedly funny!"

Los Angeles Times

"Wonderfully strange...a true holiday treat!"

Hollywood Reporter

  • Full Length Musical
  • Dark Comedy, Christmas/Holiday
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1950s
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
  • Cautions: Smoking, Alcohol, Strong Language
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! 2012 L.A. Weekly Award for Best Musical of the Year
    Nominee! 2012 Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Musical
    Critics' Pick! 10 National and Local Publications
Judy Garland is primed for her biggest comeback ever - the dazzling star of her own TV special, broadcast live on Christmas Eve, 1959.

Judy's guests include Bing Crosby (making some holiday 'grog'), Ethel Merman (plugging her Hawaiian album), and Liberace (with a handsome sailor in tow). However, mysterious snafus behind the scenes and cameo appearances by commie-baiting Vice President Richard Nixon (who performs a magic act) and blacklisted writer, Lillian Hellman, (who's forced to read 'Children's Letter to Santa' with a puppet) throw Judy's program off course.

The surprises climax when the arrival of Joan Crawford is interrupted by the spectral figure of...Death. The evening takes a detour into the twilight zone as the celebrities are forced to confront the lies behind their legends. Devastated and alone, Judy meets a special fan who ultimately proves that, despite her flaws, her shining legacy still endures.


"Magical! A side-splitting musical parody...wickedly funny!"

Los Angeles Times

"Fascinating, hilarious and wildly entertaining!"

Gerard Alessandrini, Creator of Forbidden Broadway

"Wonderfully strange... a true holiday treat!"

Hollywood Reporter

"Hilarious! A surreal snow globe highball; a Hollywood Christmas card from beyond the grave!"

Portland Mercury

"Diabolically clever...the holiday smash of the season... I can't say enough about what a bracing surprise this unique show is!"

Talkin' Broadway, 2014

"Filled with gut busting laughs and wonderful musical numbers!", 2014

"A must-see alternative to the Christmas classics we automatically fall back on during the holiday season!"

West Seattle Herald, 2014

Premiere Production: Judy's Scary Little Christmas was first produced by JSLC in association with The Victory Theatre in Burbank, California on November 17, 2002.  The production was directed and choreographed by Kay Cole. The same production was presented in December, 2003 at the Court Theatre in West Hollywood, California.
  • Casting: 7M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Local Celebrity Cameo, Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Drag performance
  • Chorus Size: Small

  • JUDY GARLAND – The beloved show business icon of The Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born. Judy is nervous and neurotic, but remains wildly talented and is fully primed for her biggest comeback ever.
  • BING CROSBY – The avuncular but alcoholic crooner of 'White Christmas' whose greatest triumphs are behind him, and he knows it.
  • LIBERACE - The flamboyant Las Vegas entertainer who brought highbrow music to lowbrow audiences.  'Lee' is a smarmy mama's boy who masks the truth of his personal life with layers of camp.
  • ETHEL MERMAN - The bombastic star of Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy whose belting voice and brassy manner accentuate her blunt ego.
  • RICHARD NIXON - A winner with flop sweat.  The current Vice President is conniving, fearful, strangely sympathetic and completely out of place in this entertainment milieu.
  • LILLIAN HELLMAN - The chain-smoking playwright of The Little Foxes who was blacklisted as a Communist during the McCarthy era.  Anger is both her tonic and her Achilles heel.
  • DEATH - All-knowing, immovable, forever.  Death possesses the personality every performer fears most - that of a truly discerning critic.
  • JOAN CRAWFORD - Hollywood's greatest self-made star who has gone from ingenue to leading lady to caricature and now is barricaded from reality as an ageless legend in her own mind.
  • SAILOR - Handsome, clean-cut, observant, empathetic, gay - and not altogether who he appears to be.
  • DIRECTOR – an off-stage voice, focused, businesslike.
  • PUNCH – a goofy dragon hand-puppet.
  • ENSEMBLE – An attractive, effervescent quartet of two men and two women.