The 5 Gayest Holiday Shows in NYC

By: Brandon Voss

Trailer trash, blasphemous drag, and flaming snowmen — oh my!

If you're in New York City this month, don you now your gay apparel and catch the infectious holiday spirit at one of these irreverent and LGBT-inclusive seasonal theater offerings.



Jackie Beat: Come, They Told Me

Holigayness factor: Visiting from Los Angeles, dirty drag grinch Jackie Beat gives her pop song parodies a scandalous holiday spin in her 15th annual Christmas show. Think "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Syphilis" and "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus."

Laurie Beechman Theatre, Dec. 12-16.

Chris March’s Butt-Cracker Suite!

Holigayness factor: Gay Project Runway fan favorite Chris March wrote, directed, and designed this campy dance-musical that reimagines The Nutcracker in a trashy trailer park. March also channels Honey Boo Boo in drag to play an oversized Clara.

HERE, through Dec. 29.

Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas

Holigayness factor: Bradford Scobie — the cute nerd opposite Amy Sedaris in the Downy Unstoppables commercials — wrote and stars in this comedy spoof about Moisty, a filthy New York snowman who comes to life as a big, mincing queen with a serious Joe Jonas crush. His cronies include a toxic lesbian doll named Jaggedy Ann and a transitioning Santa in desperate need of a makeover.

Abrons Arts Center, through Dec. 15.

Happy Mollydays

Holigayness factor: The super-butch alter ego of comic Andrea Alton, poet/security guard Molly "Equality" Dykeman talks about vaginas, longs for Mrs. Right, and flirts with lady backup dancers in her second annual holiday special. Michael Musto, Adam Sank, and Dallas DuBois are among the gaylebrity guests.

Laurie Beechman Theatre, through Dec. 21.

Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol

Holigayness factor: Her scene-stealing roles in The Addams Family, Xanadu, and Hairspray made kvetching comedian Jackie Hoffman a gay icon in local theater circles. Inspired by Patrick Stewart's A Christmas Carol, she's now serving Scrooge in her semiautobiographical solo show, in which the three visiting “ghosts” include a gay childhood friend in the chorus of Spider-Man.

New World Stages, through Dec. 29.

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