The Sunday Giveaway: Two tickets to Elf on Broadway!

Ho ho ho!  Merry Sunday Giveaway to you all!

We’ve got a great Christmasy giveaway this week.  After a one year hiatus, Elf is back on Broadway!  And this season’s Elf features Beth Leavel, Mark Jacoby and Wayne “Newman!” Knight (Seinfeld) and Jordan Gelber in the title role!

And we’ve got two tickets to give to one of you!

Here’s how to win . . .

We’ve seen a lot of holiday shows in the last few years:  White Christmas, Grinch, A Christmas Story, etc.

Comment below with the title of a holiday show you’d like to see on the stage, and I’ll pick a random winner.

I’ll go first . . .

I’ve been dying to do a musical version of the Christmas cartoon, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  You know, the one with the mice and the big clock?  (Click here if you can’t recall those magical mouses.)

Your turn!


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  • Chris Luner says:

    A holiday musical I would love to see make it’s way to Broadway is a stage version of The Polar Express! Between the fantastic story and the musical numbers the movie already has, this could make for a potential hit around the holidays.

  • Ooh I’d LOVE to see 2 films adapted for holiday stage productions: (1) Home Alone ~ the scene where Kevin booby traps the whole house would be super impressive if pulled off live! and (2) Nat’l Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation ~ such a classic!

  • Mark Briner says:

    Miracle on 34th Street–either a new version or a revival of Meredith Wilson’s Here’s Love

  • Randi says:

    Home Alone would be great!

  • Matthew says:

    I would love for Nightmare before Christmas to make it to stage . . .

  • Katie says:

    I’d love to see Love Actually adapted for the stage as a musical!

  • Andrey Patino says:

    I’d love to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. although there’s already a Charlie Brown show…

  • Sarah P. says:

    I agree with Home Alone, definitely…and was also thinking Bridget Jones’ Diary, which may be tangentially Xmas related, but does take place during the holidays (with a tacky Christmas sweater even!) a la Love Actually.

  • Allison says:

    I would love to see The Nightmare Before Christmas on stage. It could run from Halloween to New Years!

  • Todd says:

    Christmas with The Kranks! Perfect for the Humbug crowd, fun critique of SantAmericana, and touching, too!
    So I Married an Axe Murderer is a close second place. And, impossible, but not unthinkable,…It’s A Wonderful Life in third place.

  • Eleah Burman says:

    I’d love to see The Nightmare Before Christmas with a score by Stephen Sondheim with Raul Esparza in the lead role.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
    It’s a wonderful musical!
    Wait, is it already one?

    I’m unsure…but it sure would be!

  • judy gentile says:

    I could suggest a number of them, but I think the most adaptable would be the Polar Express – I’d really like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer but not sure that would adapt very well. Merry Christmas!

  • Stephanie says:

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town! I can just imagine the chorus singing “Put one foot in front of the other..!”

  • Andy Gordanier says:

    How about a combination of the classic stop motion specials? Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Clause is Coming to Town?

  • Susan says:

    I see Andrey already said it but I would want to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. It already has that fun music they all dance to.

  • Shaunna B. says:

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,on Broadway. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a musical. I think it could stand on it’s own as a play. That would be fun.

    • Strictly speaking, I always wanted to see Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” as a Broadway musical. This is the show that brought us “White Christmas.” But it could run all year long because it’s about all the holidays. I’d love to see Fred Astaire’s tap dance with firecrackers recreated live.

      In a more creative mode, I’d like to see “A Buffy Christmas.” Buffy and the gang stop the vamps from sucking the life out of America’s favorite holiday. It doesn’t exist yet, but Joss Whedon could write a live musical without breaking a sweat.

  • Molly Shea says:

    I would love to see The Year Without a Santa Clause make it to the great white way. This classic movie is one of my all time favorites and already has quite a few songs (most of the lyrics I already have committed to memory).

  • Morgan says:

    The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I want to see that live SOOOOOO BADLY!

  • Kevin says:

    I’ve always wanted to see nightmare before Christmas as a broadway show. Some awesome music is already there, the sets could be incredible, you could get some lion king-esque costume designs in there… It could be a really great thing!

  • Jared W says:

    I have put an unhealthy amount of thought into how Disney could expand and reconfigure The Nightmare Before Christmas into a stage show. Those Danny Elfman songs are beyond incredible, and visually it could be stunning!

  • John says:

    I’d love to see The Polar Express onstage!

  • Megan says:

    Nightmare Before Christmas or Home for the Holidays

  • Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Laurie Bloom says:

    Miracle on 34th St……the Macy’s set would be amazing!

  • Patrick says:

    I think Muppets Christmas Carol would be awesome and would sell well too!

  • Clare says:

    I would LOVE to see Holiday Inn on Broadway.

  • Sarah Jane says:

    Home Alone!!!!

  • sheryl wiener says:

    My all time favorite Christmas show…MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL…

  • Bruce Barnard says:

    Die Hard (or Die Hard 2) – though both are technically Christmas Eve movies…

  • Hilary says:

    My favorite holiday movie is “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Sappy and cheesy …. but I would love to see it on stage either as a musical or a drama 😀

    My other movie I’d love to see on stage, because it is my ALL TIME favorite (we all know we have more than one holiday movie favorite) is “The Santa Claus.” <3 it 😀

  • Randy Masters says:

    Bad Santa: The Musical!

  • Audrey says:

    I’d like to see “The Santa Clause” on Broadway and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  • Jen Sandler says:

    I would love to see Disney’s The Santa Claus adapted into a musical! It is such a fascinating story and not like a classic Christmas story!

  • Elliot says:

    Love Actually

  • Jeanie says:

    Christmas Vacation

  • Rick Stutzel says:

    Pee-wee Herman’s Christmas Playhouse!

  • Malini says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas! I’ve been fantasizing about it 🙂

  • Joe Laub says:

    How about “Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?

  • Jay says:

    Absolutely without a doubt it would have to be Jerry Herman’s MRS. SANTA CLAUS. To paraphrase one of his famous songs, We Need a Little Jerry Herman on Broadway not only at Christmas but every season. We also need to bring Rob Marshall back to direct and choreograph another show on the Great White Way. Jingle Bells to one and all this holiday season!

  • Angela says:

    The light of the child! 🙂

  • Scott Briefer says:

    I know there is a musical version of Its a Wonderful Life. I’d love there to be one that is Broadway ready.

  • Sabrina L says:

    The Santa Clause – it’s my favorite!

  • EllenFD says:

    The old TWILIGHT ZONE series had an episode starring Art Carney as a bum who wants more than anything to be Santa Claus. At the end, he does become THE Santa. It’s a heartwarming tale of yearning, hope and joy that I think would make a great musical.

  • Amanda M says:

    I think Home Alone 2 would be the best of the Home Alone franchise. It’s subtitled “Lost in New York” and what is better than a Broadway show with a wacky mischievous kid lost in NYC at Christmastime? Amazing!

  • John P. says:

    “Festivus for the Rest of Us”

  • A musical theater production of the cartoon version of Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol. I know a Christmas Carol is already a production -but come on – the Mr. Magoo version? that just tickles me!

  • Werner says:

    I think I’d like to see the movie “The Family Man” brought to the stage. It was highly under rated. It was kind of film about reflection as most people do this time of year. Many people throughout their life wonder how would life turn out if they made a different decision when they were younger. It takes place during the holidays and it’s story line can help people relate to what is important in life.

  • Claire says:

    I’d like to see “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (an old TV movie that I used to love watching every year) onstage!

  • Marcus Allen Cooper says:

    well, since you mentioned holiday musical and not specifically this holiday season, then I am going to have to go with Groundhog Day the musical. can you imagine being able to use the same people with same characters but in an ever changing and different situations? it would be awesome!

  • Candace says:

    Home Alone 2 would be amazing! I think current technology could even duplicate some of the stunts that would be necessary to stage.

  • scott stolzenberg says:

    A Very Brady Christmas

  • Valarie says:

    “A Year Without a Santa Claus” is the only way to go! It comes with a built in audience (from 1 to 103)and Harvey Fierstein and Micheal McKean can reprise roles of the Misers.

  • Karl says:

    I think a remake of Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland” would be great. (It isn’t specifically Christmas but I always watched it on TV at Christmastime!) The music is wonderful, and they could bring in Rockettes to be the wooden soldiers! Jim Carrey and Wayne Knight could play the leads!

  • Billy Recce says:

    I Would love to see a stage adaptation of the nightmare before christmas! I thought I heard that it was in the works a few years ago, but I guess nothing cam tout of it since…

  • Jaimie M. says:

    My absolute favorite holiday movie is Elf but since it’s already on broadway I would love for Miracle on 34th Street to be on stage. But, for now I will continue to try and see Elf on broadway and look forward to more holiday shows to be performed in the upcoming years! Happy Holidays to all 🙂

  • Letty says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life. The message is beautiful and truly represents the spirit of Christmas. We are all here for a reason and our lives affect others in ways we may never comprehend.

  • Michael O. says:

    I think would be amazing to have The Nightmare Before Christmas with a score rewritten by Stephen Sondheim! If not that, possibly a Happy Feet musical! It would have rock hits, awesome choreography, and something that the family could enjoy not only during the holidays but throughout the year (just like Elf)!

  • Solange De Santis says:

    Miracle on 34th Street is a great choice.

  • Justin says:

    I would love to see a musical based on the movie Scrooged with Bill Murray. It was a great movie and think it would be an awesome musical.

  • Caroline M says:

    The Year Without a Santa Claus 😀 That’d be such a fun musical to do!

  • charlotte cohn says:

    I’d love to see a musical version of ‘Love Actually’.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    The Santa Clause (the one with Tim Allen) would be fun!

  • Erin S. says:

    Home Alone or Santa Claus (1985) or Prancer

  • Joe G says:

    Nightmare Before Christmas gets my vote

  • Nydia Byrd says:

    I would love to see The Nightmare before Christmas on Broadway. It also doubles as a Halloween/Christmas show!

  • I think an adaptation of Truman Capote’s “A CHRISTMAS MEMORY” would be great in a small Off-Broadway house, and “BAD SANTA” would be a great guilty holiday pleasure as a stage adaptation…

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Oh. Too many good ones, but how about Christmas with the Kranks, based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas.

  • Carl says:

    “Will My 6 Year Old Sit Still Through This, The Musical”

  • Tom says:

    Scrooged! The funny quirky Xmas Carol would be a riot!

  • Jennifer says:

    Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy !

  • Diane says:

    I have to go with my favorite holiday movie of all time. It’s just such a great story & well I’ve always loved Jimmy Stewart. Would love to see it with an actor who could equal the emotion he put into the character of George. And it would be fun to see it as a well written & composed musical (maybe Pasek & Paul could take this one on next).

  • Lynette M. says:

    The Polar Express….great storyline & beautiful soundtrack!

  • Elizabeth Parra says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas!!!!

  • Meg says:

    As a child, I loved “The House Without a Christmas Tree” that was on TV for several Christmases in the 1970s. I think it could be a wonderful musical!

  • gaby g says:

    A Rugrats Chanukah

  • Robert says:

    The nightmare before Christmas would be absolutely incredible!

  • Tracey Chiriboga says:

    I would love to see “Holiday Inn” done as a staged musical. It’s a wonderful show for the holidays! It starts out during the holidays and takes us on a journey through all the holidays. We get an unforgettable rendition of ” White Christmas” and end up falling in love by the next New Year’s Eve!

  • Yosi Merves says:

    So many of the ones I was going to say have already been mentioned:

    Muppets Christmas Carol
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Love Actually
    Mrs. Santa Claus
    The Christmas Toy (I can’t believe someone else beat me to it)

    I also second The Polar Express. In short, I have nothing original to contribute, but I love the shows that have already been nominated.

  • DELIA Torres says:

    Ok I thought I had it with “The Year Without a Santa Claus” but then on second thought….”March of the Wooden Soldiers” laurel and hardy version…think it would be epic like Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” meets Rockefeller Christmas Extravaganza.

  • Mickey says:

    The Family Stone!

  • jacky says:

    Jack Frost The Musical. Would love to have a show that elaborates on his story more. And imagine the snowy set design for this! Would be amazing!

  • Dottie says:

    Nightmare Before Christmas…can you imagine the set and costumes? They would be amazing!

  • Ignoring the Angela Lansbury movie, I’ve always wanted to write a musical about Mrs. Claus and she would have to be played by some amazing beltress – like Betty Buckley.

    Or “Year Without a Santa Claus”

  • Arthur Raphael says:

    “Where’s Poppa – The Musical” Ready?

  • Frank Avellino says:

    Such great choices! Love “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” and “Nightmare Before Christmas” can run beautifully from October through New Year’s – take advantage of two holidays!!! But how about this oldie: “The House Without A Christmas Tree!” (You’re probably too young to remember that one, Ken!)

  • Dmitry says:

    Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • Shannon D. says:

    Where do I begin?! LOL
    All my childhood (old school) faves:
    1- “Deck the Halls” — You can just get Matthew & Kristin to reprise their roles!!! 😀
    2- The Year Without a Santa Claus (come on.. Heat Miser!)
    3- Rudolph (all the Misfits!!!)
    4- Frosty!!! (Enough said! LOL) 🙂
    5- “Jingle All the Way” – Turboman and Christmas!

  • Stephen Schapero says:

    JINGLE ALL THE WAY! everyone’s favorite Schwartzeneger Christmas Spectacular!

  • Greg says:

    The year without Santa Claus

  • LOVE ACTUALLY, The Musical. It would be a hit!

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life would make an extraordinary musical

  • Rick says:

    how about a christmas show that isn’t family friendly for a change? BAD SANTA. 🙂

  • RandiJM says:

    “The Saga of Hannukah Harry, or It’s Hard to be a Jew on Christmas”

  • Karen Campbell says:

    Kinky Snow Boots: The Musical

  • Ed from CT says:

    Frosty the Snowman would be cool! 🙂

  • Rebecca L says:

    The Year Without a Santa Claus of course! Just picture the Heatmieser/Coldmieser number with chorus girls, pyro, and snow!

  • Michael L. says:

    I asked my daughter for this one: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was the winner!
    We live in Arkansas, and are traveling to NYC next weekend, so this is one of the rare occasions we could happily benefit from your ticket giveaway!
    Happy Holidays, Ken and all!

  • bert f says:

    “All I Want for Christmas” – it is set in New York at Christmas – two children’s Christmas wish is to get their parents back together for the holidays. I fun movie that would make a great stage musical.

  • Nick V says:

    The Year With Out A Santa Clause. I would love to see Harvey Fierstein and Gary Beach as the Heat Miser and Snow Miser!

  • Rachel E says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life would be a, well, wonderful play or musical for the holiday season!

  • brian says:

    Jingle all the way. That would be quite the musical.

  • Mary says:

    Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town ! (the animated version with the Winter Warlock)

  • Mark Graham says:

    Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol…the classic holiday tv cartoon special from’62..with a brilliant score by…
    Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (they wrote Funny Girl)
    starring the voices of Jim Backus,Morey Amsterdam and
    Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit..
    I’m securing the Broadway and touring rights as I type!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Rafi Levavy says:

    This could be really bad, but it would be interesting to see The Nightmare Before Christmas on stage.

  • Mark G says:

    Better yet a Johnny Marks compilation show..he was the writer of:Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,A Holly Jolly Christmas,The Most Wonderful Day of The Year,Rockin Around The Christmas Tree,Silver and Gold, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and Run Rudlph,Run…any of them could be the title of the show…pefect holiday revue to star a mix of Broadway,rock and aging American Idol stars…

  • Dave says:

    Not a musical but …

    Silent Night

    based on the Linda Hamilton (2002) made-for-TV movie about American and German soldiers sharing a Christmas dinner right in the middle of the war. A very powerful piece, easily adapted to stage (for all I know it might have been written as a stage play in the first place).

  • Carey says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas (if done right, could engage and leave us with an awe similar to the Lion King)
    The Santa Clause, of course
    And, The Year without a Santa Claus could be a lively treat for families!

  • Tricia Ostermann says:

    My absolute favorite Christmas special has always been The Year Without a Santa Claus (followed closely by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas). I sing the Snowmeiser song year-round because it’s so fabulous and catchy– I’d LOVE to see that one on stage.

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas under the direction of Sam Gold.

  • Kristen McG says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas would be so amazing to see staged. It has the music and would be successful from October through Christmas. The costumes and/or puppets would be phenomenal!

  • Thom says:

    Would love to see the classic holiday film, MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS, made into a musical for the stage.

  • eva says:

    I agree about MaGoo’s Christmas Carol. I’d love to see Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles based on Runyon characters and we know how fantastic Guys and Dolls worked with Runyon characters musicalized.
    Song titles”Hey It Looks Like A Goat’s Stomach In Here” and “I’ve Got A Wife She Don’t Like Me Marrying People. She’s Funny That Way” Just Love Peter Falk.

  • Frank says:

    The Gift of the Magi. I’m sure there are a few versions out there, but I was hoping an upcoming composer/lyricist/playwright might want to try a new take on this classic story.

    But ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Year Without a Santa Clause would be great too.

  • Billy-Christopher Maupin says:


  • Melissa Starin says:

    Bad Santa! Bad Santa! Bad Santa! It’s time we had a really hilarious not-for-the-kids holiday show!

  • William Bernstein says:

    I’m not sure how it would translate as a musical, but I would love to see Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights!

  • Kyle Abraham says:


  • Marissa says:

    The Santa Clause!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’m going with the Little Drummer Boy. That old Claymation movie really had something!

  • Johnny P says:

    MIxed Nuts with Steve Martin….

    The Little Drummer Boy starring Justin Bieber…
    pa rum pum pum pum

  • Lorie says:

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson) would make a fabulous holiday Broadway musical!

  • David Koh says:

    It would probably be near impossible, but I’d love to have Love Actually made into a stage show or musical (since it’s my favourite Christmas movie).

  • Ging says:

    A Christmas Story made it to Broadway this year so I’ll have to go with A Christmas Carol: The Musical.

  • Cara says:

    Either ‘The Santa Clause’ with Tim Allen or ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

  • Steve S. says:

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

  • Jeryl M. says:

    Miracle on 34th Street.

  • Brian says:

    I think expanding The Santaland Diaries into a full production musical would be terrific. David Sedaris has already created the interesting quirky characters. The opening number would be the group interview, the first act could close with David putting his elf costume on for the first time. The second act would be a countdown to Christmas. The 11 o’clock number would be David saying good-bye to all of the other elves and Santas. Macy’s should back it!

  • Madison D. says:

    The Nightmare Before Christmas!! Imagine the set, lighting designs and costumes…

  • Ed says:

    One of my fondest memories of the holidays is sitting with my Mom and watching The Bishops Wife – I watch it every year and think of her, and the movie makes me feel great – I would LOVE to see a musical or stage production of this classic!

  • Queerbec says:

    Bad Santa! The lead could have been a corrupt choirmaster or a one time song and dance man which would help give an excuse for the show breaking into song so much. And just think of the actors who would be interested in the part.

    If that doesn’t work out, how about a musical based on the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” a warm hearted musical in the style of “The Parent Trap”

  • mark Graham says:

    Eloise at Christmas- one of the series of Eloise books
    with a Pasek/Paul score
    Pocketfull of Miracles with a new Jerry Herman score
    with Apple Annie (the Bette Davis part) played by Angela Lansbury
    Holiday Memories based on two Truman Capote short stories- A Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory

  • Tim Realbuto says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, but I’d have to say ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ It would be absolutely magical on stage! The good thing about that is you can open it earlier as it also appeals to the Halloween season. This gives the production more time to make it’s money back and gives the cast and crew a longer contract. Win/Win!

  • Lionelda Ficano says:

    I would love to see A Charlie Brown Christmas on the stage. It would be one I would take my grandkids to see. Heck I am a big kid at heart. Even The Flight Before Christmas which is a more resent movie for the young kids would be cute on stage.

  • Amber says:

    I would love to see Babes in Toyland on Broadway. Its already a musical, but hasn’t been on Broadway since 1931! It would be great to revamp it-and kids would love it!

  • Linda K says:

    Without a doubt, Nightmare Before Christmas. It can even run a bit longer, starting in October!

  • Scottie Grinton says:

    It’s fun to think of Rudolph as played by the characters in Gyspy. Who would play whom?

  • Mark Corallo says:

    I would love to see the holiday classic It’s a wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart brought to the stage. I think bringing old school classics to life around the holidays can really draw a spectacular crowd to the theater!

  • Jeff says:

    hands down.

  • Terrie says:

    I would love to see The Christmas Shoes on stage!I’ve never seen a Broadway show, but think this would be touching.

  • ECP says:

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. This entertaining, occasionally touching 2004 TV special from the UK had two competitive brothers-in-law (and neighbors)get down-and-dirty trying to outdo each other’s outdoor decorating. (The casting elevated the material; Robson Green and Mark Benton were excellent.) I can visualize this on stage.

  • Allison Raven says:

    Meet Me in St. Louis. Hard to beat the number of good numbers and the crowning moment of singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Think of the amazing costumes and sets too, especially for the World’s Fair.

  • Rob Cote says:

    The Santa Clause with Tim Allen would be a lot of fun!

  • Daniel Z says:

    The Family Stone. The depth of the characters and emotion would lend itself well to the stage.

  • Robb J says:

    I was going to say Nightmare before Christmas, but since that has been said a bunch, how about a musical of Die Hard. It is a Christmas movie, right? Taking place at a holiday party.

    I just want to see a Yippie KI Yay Mother effer number

  • Josh says:

    Home Alone could make a fun musical. It’s family-friendly but fun for adults, there are bumbling crooks doing physical comedy, and a loving yet crazy family at its center… Perfect holiday fare!

  • Karen Kreoll says:

    Torn between It’s a wonderful life (classic) and Nightmare (which will get a following and this show will need a draw).

    That being said Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carole has my vote 🙂


  • Scott says:

    For the tourists: Ernest saves Christmas
    For the ages: Pockerful of Miracles

  • Ed Ertle says:

    “Meet John Doe”never fails to tug at my memotions, especially the final scene, seton Christmas Eve. Ithas all those “Capracorn” moments that would truly play season after season after season…

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