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These are the 10 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for December

The 10 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for December

Miss Saigon tour-helicopter lands
The national tour of Miss Saigon comes to Bass Performance Hall. Photo by Matthew Murphy and Johan Persson
Joe Scalissi - A Dean Martin Christmas
Joe Scalissi stars in A Dean Martin Christmas at Casa Mañana. Photo courtesy of Casa Mañana
WaterTower Theatre presents Cirque Holidays
WaterTower Theatre joins with Lone Star Circus for Cirque Holidays. Photo courtesy of Lone Star Circus
Dreams of Icarus
Dreams of Icarus was devised by Outcry Theatre. Photo courtesy of Outcry Theatre
Miss Saigon tour-helicopter lands
Joe Scalissi - A Dean Martin Christmas
WaterTower Theatre presents Cirque Holidays
Dreams of Icarus

Some theaters have decked the halls and are offering holiday fare, while others are just as happy to present shows with year-round appeal. No matter which you're drawn to, there's plenty of choice.

Here are the 10 shows to see in order by start date:

Miss Saigon
Performing Arts Fort Worth, December 3-8
The acclaimed new production of the legendary musical from the creators of Les Misérables is an epic love story of a young Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. The production features stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score that includes Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat is On in Saigon."

A Dean Martin Christmas
Casa Mañana, December 4-21
Enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate, spiked or not, and celebrate the stories and songs of the "King of Cool," including "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "Baby It's Cold Outside," and "Marshmallow World."

Cirque Holidays
WaterTowerTheatre, December 5-22
In partnership with Lone Star Circus, WTT is celebrating the diversity of holidays from around the world through a magical collaboration of theater and circus. Featuring international stars alongside Dallas' amazing and entertaining circus talent, the show will treat audiences of all ages to incredible acts ranging from hula hoops to death-defying trapeze stunts, all tied together with a charismatic host and hilarious clowns.

Black Nativity
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, December 5-22
For 16 years, Langston Hughes' story of the birth of Christ has transformed the Bishop Arts Theatre stage into a gathering that unites artists and audiences of different ages, backgrounds, and beliefs through the heart-stirring power of song, story, and dance.

Nuncrackers a-MEN!
Uptown Players, December 6-15
Dan Goggin's Christmas musical stars the nuns you love, this time played by men, plus Father Virgil and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. This show is filled with wacky Nunsense humor as the sisters tape their first TV special in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement.

Have Yourself a Broadway Little Christmas
Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas, December 12-14

This revue brings together your favorite holiday songs made famous through Broadway shows and movie musicals. Be swept away by hits from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Mame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Songs for A New World, Holiday Inn, Broadway's Elf, and many more. The evening will conclude with a holiday sing-along as well as auction and raffle opportunities.

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show
The Classics Theatre Project, December 12-21

It was just announced that TCTP favorite B.J. Cleveland will be doing a one-person version of the classic Dickens tale, written by David Alberts. Expect lots of crazy voices and a tireless performance from one of DFW's most tireless performers.

Gold, Frankincense, and Credit Card Debt: A Christmas Holiday December Sketch Comedy Show
Theatre Three, December 13-28
Co-presented by Bootstraps Comedy Theatre and directed by celebrated playwright Matt Lyle, this show has Dallas-Fort Worth's funniest comedians roasting Santa’s chestnuts until they're a delicious golden brown. Topics under the microscope for this show include holiday parties, Thanksgiving, marketing speak, White Elephants gone very wrong with sexy results, Crossfit, the power of holiday music over a person's sanity, snow in Texas, and the sick, unforgivable, cute lies we tell our children.

Dreams of Icarus
Outcry Theatre, December 20-29
Directed by Becca Johnson-Spinos and starring Logan Beutel and Dylan Weand, this play is a devised work created by the actors and director based on the classic Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus.

The Color of Death
Pegasus Theatre, December 29-January 19

The only three-act Living Black & White Hunsacker adventure, this original from Kurt Kleinmann serves up act two in Techno-Color. Harry Hunsacker, would-be actor turned would-be detective, and his paid-by-the-hour-assistant and friend Nigel Grouse are enlisted by the Army in 1944 to join forces with Lt. Foster and go undercover to infiltrate a top-secret Nazi research lab in Bavaria.