Grown weary of Christmas traditions?
Well, far from traditional, "Wanzie's Glittering Star-Studded A Christmas Carol," may be just the thing to spike your eggnog. The conceit of Michael Wanzie's comic adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale is that an all-star cast has been assembled to act the story, most played by female impersonators.
A lot of the humor -- and the show is twistedly funny -- comes from the wildly inappropriate casting: Carol Channing as Scrooge? (Ashton Kutcher cancelled at the last minute, Wanzie explains.) Liza Minnelli (Gidget Galore) as Tiny Tim? Marlee Matlin (Doug Ba'aser, whose fake sign language is a show in itself) as Bob Cratchit?
Perhaps the best choice: Surgery-happy Cher (Miss Sammy), who as the Ghost of Christmas Past gets to belt "If I Could Turn Back Time."
The humor is non-politically correct, of course, especially involving Matlin's deafness, but there's a surprising amount of Dickens' words, giving the story its heart. And the whole shebang wraps up in just more than an hour, before the shtick wears thin.
Dickens may be spinning in his grave, but the Parliament House crowd on a recent Saturday night was rolling in the aisles.See for yourself
* What: "Wanzie's Glittering Star-Studded A Christmas Carol" from Wanzie Presents.
* When: Through Dec. 20. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20.
* Where: Footlight Theater at Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
* Tickets: $12 advance; $14 day of show ($10 & $12 for Monday performance)
* Online: wanzie.com