An O. Henry Christmas (Musical)

by  Peter Ekstrom, O. Henry

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"The capactiy audience, which included many small children, was totally captivated. Ekstrom's delightful adaptation [...] captures anew the real Christmas spirit." - Louisville Courier-Journal

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Two heart-warming one-act musicals based on the classic O. Henry stories capture the true spirit of giving: The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf. This holiday favorite is set in turn-of-the-century New York City.
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"The capactiy audience, which included many small children, was totally captivated. Ekstrom's delightful adaptation [...] captures anew the real Christmas spirit." - Louisville Courier-Journal

"Delightful [...] enough to play any time of the year [...] Ekstrom has written some beautiful music [...] A masterpiece." - Kingsport Times-News 


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Setting: 1905. A third floor garret in Greenwich Village, NYC.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Tomorrow Is Christmas
If We Had Money
Look at My Watch
What Can I Give Him?
Your Hair is Gone!
I Want To Paint The Bay Of Naples
The Last Leaf
Tomorrow When You're Feeling Well Again


2m, 2f
THE DOCTOR - non-singing (doubles as JIM in GIFT OF THE MAGI) A young man in his mid-thirties. He provides narration for the piece, talking directly to the audience as well as stepping into the action. He never leaves the stage, but watches when he is not involved.
SUE - Mezzo-Soprano. Mid to late twenties. She is a sculptor but does commercial art (ad sketches) to make ends meet. She is nurturing and warm, completely devoted to her friend. The older sister type. 
JOHNSY - Soprano (doubles as DELLA in MAGI) Early or mid-twenties. She is an oil painter whose dream is to travel someday to Italy and paint the Bay of Naples. She is philosophical but sometimes light-hearted and gay. She is smaller than SUE, with fragile features. 
BEHRMAN - Character Baritone "Past sixty", a failure in art. German. He is always ready to paint his "masterpiece" but so far: an empty canvas. He earns money by posing for artists (like SUE) who can't afford a professional model. Perhaps he has a long beard. An Imp-satyr, he is always drunk on gin.
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  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Parts for as many as 3 men and 3 women


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Full Package

1 Piano/Vocal Score

4 Vocal/Chorus Books 

Optional Full Orchestration includes: 

1 Piano Conductor Score
1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Harp
1 Cello

4 Vocal/Chorus Books



Peter Ekstrom

PETER EKSTROM was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Painesville. He received a B.A. from Antioch College in 1973. Five years later he went down the Mississippi on a raft from St. Louis to New Orleans with the Otrabanda Troupe, stopping to do shows in 32 towns along the way. For Actors T ...

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An O. Henry Christmas premiered at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA in 1994 under the direction of John Hardy.

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