by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
What if a group of pirates decided to put on a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Story? And what if some of the major details of the story were missing and they had to come up with new ones and improvise? This, in a nutshell, is the premise for The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr! It’s playing this weekend at the Snapple Theater in Times Square so be sure to stop by!
The show, based on the original production The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told, tells the tale of crew of the Riley Rose who have abandoned their life as pirates and are now putting all of their focus on performing. They put on a performance of A Christmas Story and although Charles Dickens himself comes to their aid, it turns out that some crucial information from the plot is missing. They turn to the audience and come up with the missing pieces and then put on a show complete with the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
I saw the show with my 5-year-old this past weekend and while he was a little afraid (mostly of the sea witch) he understood the story and even remembered seeing the original show last year. The jokes in general were more kid-oriented but many parents, such as myself enjoyed them as well, especially some of the references.
While the main story stays the same, no two shows are alike because of the different details that the audience comes up with and the improv. For example, in the performance that I saw the word “humbug” was missing so it was replaced with “mitzvah” (which was hysterical every time Scrooge said it.) The show is peppered with really funny and improvised songs that contribute to the lighthearted atmosphere. Sure, the show is about Scrooge, but the bittersweet elements have been replaced with comedy that makes the hour-long performance fly by.
When: through January 3rd, 2015
Where: The Snapple Theater
210 West 50th Street (at Broadway), NY
Price: $59-$99 (use code PLAYBILL for 45% off)
To purchase tickets click here or call the box office (212) 921-7862
Photos by Tyler Good
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 7, 5 and 2) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.