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Chicago Holiday Top 40: Our guide for the music, theater and 'Nutcrackers' of the season

by Kerry Reid | Chicago Tribune | November 19, 2018

The fraught election season of blue and red is (sort of) in the rearview mirror as bright holiday colors deck the halls and malls. Before you’re overloaded with shopping and socializing, take time out to relax and let others entertain you. From Scrooge to “SnowGirls,” symphonies to soul — and with some “Nutcracker” action hoofing it up as well — these are some of the best holiday entertainment options onstage this year.

“Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody”: Formerly a hit holiday offering with the defunct MCL Chicago company, this spoof of the 1988 Bruce Willis set-at-Christmas action thriller, created by Michael Shepherd Jordan, Alex Garday and Stephanie McCullough, returns under Tiffani Moore Swalley’s direction. Den Theatre, Dec. 1-Jan. 12