Judy's Scary Little Christmas

by  David Church, Jim Webber, Joe Patrick Ward

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 6f

"Magical! A side-splitting musical parody...wickedly funny!" – Los Angeles Times
"Wonderfully strange...a true holiday treat!" – Hollywood Reporter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
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  • Accolades


    Los Angeles Ovation Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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  • 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



"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


  • 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
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

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  • Time Period: Present Day, 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    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.

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

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


7m, 6f

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.

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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.  


Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano Conductor Score
15 Vocal Chorus Books



David Church

David Church

Jim Webber

Jim Webber

Joe Patrick Ward

Joe Patrick Ward

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

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