Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
November 16 - December 9
From the musical theatre genius of the Meredith Willson (The Music Man) comes the musical version of the holdiay classic. Susan Walker's mother Doris is in charge of staging the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Susan's life is one of stark reality. Doris is divorced and determined that no fantasies will ever allow her child to fall into a such a disillusionment as her former marriage. Faith, hope, and men are strictly taboo. When the parade Santa gets drunk, Mr. Kris Kringle, a jolly man with a streaming natural white beard, pops up from nowhere. He is a big success in the parade and becomes Macy's store Santa. Meanwhile, Susan has met Fred, a returning Marine veteran and hopeful law student. He befriends Susan even though Doris believes it's a plot to get to her.
Kris is a great Santa. He even tells mothers where to buy toys that Macy’s doesn’t sell. Mr. Macy is upset, but Doris sees a great promotional chance. Make Macy's a friendly store—in the true spirit of Christmas.The plan is a huge success, but in the process, Kris admits that he is the real Santa Claus. His strange behavior wins him an interview with the store's psychologist, Dr. Sawyer, who nearly goes mad trying to break down Kris’s story and wants to have him committed.
Susan and Kris become good friends. When she learns of his plight, she asks Fred to help defend him. The move is seconded by Doris, who is discovering that Fred isn't like the other men she has known. At the sanity hearing, Mr. Macy testifies that Kris is Santa Claus. So does the prosecuting attorney's little son. As a clincher, Fred manages to get the U.S. Post Office to deliver all of its "Dear Santa" letters to the courtroom.
The judge sees his chance to wriggle off his political hook, and he accepts the U.S. government’s recognition as proof of Kris's claim. Fred has won more than a hearing. He has won a prospective wife and daughter as well.
Directed and Choreographed by Justin Cerne
Run time: 2 hours, 20 minutes