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L.A. theater openings, Dec. 18-25: ‘Elf The Musical’ and more

“Elf The Musical”
Ken Clement, left, and Sam Hartley from the national touring company of “Elf The Musical,” coming to Segerstrom Center.
(Jeremy Daniel)

This week: Another handful of holiday shows, including Megan Hilty singing seasonal favorites at the Wallis and the musical adaptation of the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy “Elf” at Segerstrom. 

The Ballad of Bimini Baths A series of readings from Tom Jacobson’s trilogy of L.A.-centric tales concludes with “Mexican Day.” Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sun., 5 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. www.sonofsemele.org.

Blue Christmas With Elvis Tribute artist Raymond Michael celebrates the King. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. (805) 583-7900.

David Broza & Friends: The Not Quite Xmas Spectacular The Israeli singer-guitarist and company perform. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $55 and up. (310) 434-3200.

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A Harmony Boys Christmas: Live in Concert Satirical variety show set in 1962 features singing, dancing, sketch comedy and more. The Woodshed Studios, 12016 Vose St., North Hollywood. Sun., 8 p.m. $20. (800) 838-3006.

John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Christmas Tribute artist Jim Curry salutes the 1970s-era singer-songwriter. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., 2 p.m. $49. (818) 508-4200.

Shine Storytellers share true-life tales on the topic “Soul Food.” Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. Sun., 7 p.m. $10; discounts available. (310) 452-2321.

Elf The Musical Stage adaptation of the 2003 Will Ferrell holiday comedy about an elf who leaves the North Pole and heads to New York City. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 1. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

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Megan Hilty The Broadway and TV veteran (“Wicked,” “Smash”) performs holiday favorites. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tue., 7 and 9 p.m.; Wed., 7 p.m. $45. (310) 746-4000.

The MeshugaNutcracker! Musical-comedy celebration of Chanukah and Jewish culture. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. Tue., 7 p.m.; Wed., 2 and 7 p.m.; Thu., 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 1. $63, $72. (408) 404-7711.

David Archuleta Christmas Tour The former “American Idol” contestant performs. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $54 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Stage adaptation of the classic animated TV special. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Wed., 6:30 p.m. Also, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., 1, 4 and 7 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m. $38-$104. (800) 745-3000.

The Klezmatics Hanukah Concert This group specializing in Eastern European Jewish music celebrates its 30th anniversary. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu., 8 p.m. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.


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