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Judy's Scary Little Christmas - Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

Judy's Scary Little Christmas

David Church, Jim Webber, Joe Patrick Ward

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Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

7m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573698057

Book by David Church and Jim Webber
Music and Lyrics by Joe Patrick Ward
"Magical! A side-splitting musical parody...wickedly funny!" – Los Angeles Times
"Wonderfully strange...a true holiday treat!" – Hollywood Reporter

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Full Length Musical

Dark Comedy


105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day, 1950s

Settings Of Play -

The show takes us from a clear stage to Judy's tv-show "living room" then back to a clear stage and finally to a stylized "trolley" for the finale. Judy's living room is TV's idea of 1959 - the finale's trolley can be ornate or a simple cut-out.  Lighting effects can be used to make the trolly appear to move in the final minute of the show.


Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Special Effects

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Smoking


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Los Angeles Ovation Award

Nominee! 2012 L.A. Weekly Award, Best Musical of the Year
Nominee! 2012 Ovation Award, 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

"A true holiday treat!" – Hollywood Reporter

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

"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!" - Broadway World.com, 2014

"Must-see alternative to the Christmas classics we automatically fall back on during the holiday season!" - West Seattle Herald, 2014


Making Spirits Bright: Creating JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
by Jim Webber
July 29, 2013

2002, Victory Theatre Center, Burbank CA - JSLC in association with The Victory Theatre Center.



7m, 6f


Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Drag performance, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Celebrity Casting - If you have actors who can sing the correct vocal range, be aware that they need not look exactly like, nor offer perfect immitations of the actual celebrities.  The roles have been written with particular attention to the characterizations, vocal patterns and idiosyncracies of the celebrities, which will assist your actors immeasurably in conveying their portrayls on stage.

Cross-Gender casting - The show is partly a spoof and partly a nostalgic tribute to the stars of variety television.  If cross-gender casting is used, focus mainly on the ability of the actor to act the role, rather than on the novelty of the casting choice.  



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.

Rental Materials


Piano Only


Classic Broadway



1 Piano Conductor Score
15 Vocal Chorus Books
Song Samples

Back in Christmas Town

Let's Share a Cup of Irish Cheer

The Candy Cane Twist

Mauna Loa Hula Holiday

Angel Star

Ever Been in Love?

Make It Shine

  • Back in Christmas Town

  • Let's Share a Cup of Irish Cheer

  • Mauna Loa Hula Holiday

  • Ever Been in Love?

  • Make it Shine

  • Judy's Scary Little Christmas

Jim Webber

Jim Webber

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Lacy Long 5/12/2014 10:46 AM
Quirky but fun!  Hilarity with heartbreak!  A smart holiday alternative to "Dickens... again". I was fortunate to see both readings in NYC - (both with incredible casts) and the premiere in LA - another homerun and the audiences ate it up. I also saw a community theatre production and the audience response was that of surprise and delight. Fairly easy to produce but benefits from a talented and versatile cast and a director with a grasp of theatre history and style. I laughed. I cried. I wanted more.
David Preece 5/11/2014 8:07 PM
I've seen several times and it's a wonderful show.
DAN TURSI 4/23/2014 3:30 AM
Why Nixon and Lillian Hellman are there is beyond me.  Audiences enjoyed the show very much.  Got very dark too soon.  If you don't know these Stars of yesteryear or your audiences don't know thyem - DON'T BOTHER producing this  show.

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