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Christmas in Hell

From 106 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Hilarious

About the show

A wild, irreverent, and surprisingly touching musical comedy about the absurd lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love. More…

Looking for a sweet, wholesome holiday musical? Well, this ain’t it! On Christmas Eve, little 8-year-old Davin is mistakenly taken down to Hell. When he returns, not only has he missed Christmas, but he is devilishly changed. To set things right, his father embarks on a bizarre odyssey that eventually leads him down to Hell itself where he makes a wager with Lucifer he can’t possibly win.


Member Reviews (106)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Hilarious

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If you want a show that tries really hard to be funny.

Don't see it if If you want a York, usual high quality production. If you want a good Christmas show.

62
Fluffy, Irreverent, Slow, Mildly entertaining, Cliched

See it if ur in the mood for a silly, unpolished, holiday-adjacent show that aspires to be South Park/Simpsons but lands more like middling SNL skits.

Don't see it if you've enjoyed York's typically reliable, high-quality productions & expect the same from this overlong, trite, awkward, unedited misfire.

Also Missing from the production credits: Set Design by Google Images.... Read more Read less

67
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you're curious about the title, to discover the work of a composer-lyricist-librettist, enjoy nonsense plots & overwrought characterizations

Don't see it if you like musicals with peppy numbers, memorable music & mature lyrics, don't like foul language & broad depictions of Satan & Charles Manson

69
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if you are looking for a show about Christmas, but don't have any sentimental attachment to the holiday whatsoever. Set is very clever.

Don't see it if Foul language and potty humor offend, especially at this time of year. It's irreverent, and unnecessarily so. Castellino kept it alive!

55
Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if I love York Theater. They never disappoint until now. This was hell to watch. The humor was not funny. Poorly casted, bad script.

Don't see it if I thought this was going to be like a over the top Christmas story that was funny... so not funny and seemed amateurish. York what happened?

65
Underwhelming

See it if all of the other holiday-themed shows are sold out through the end of 2018.

Don't see it if you're expecting this one to align with the York Theatre's typically high caliber of stage offerings.

Also I'm a big fan of the dark side of holiday entertainment. American movi... Read more Read less

65
Quirky, Raunchy, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like South Park, Book of Mormon or The Producers, but trying too hard to be funny and clever and not quite making it.

Don't see it if You didn't like The Carol Burnett Show. It's like a really loooooong musical parody on a comedy show that doesn't know when to stop.

Also Some good laughs and the music and lyrics were fun, but not as clever ... Read more Read less

67
Quirky, Ambitious, Bizarre, Disappointing, Strong cast

See it if you are tired of the same old song in holiday entertainment (but is different necessarily good?) Well-directed, strong cast.

Don't see it if you avoid shows that use Charles Manson as a major plot point and profanity indiscriminately. Lyrics sometimes score, music disappointing.

50
Overrated, Great singing, Quirky, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You like a silly story that did not need to be told. You know someone in the cast.

Don't see it if You value your time.

Also Although my parents and i did not like the show (and we like everythin... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Cliched, Raunchy, Fluffy, Has its moments, Banal

See it if You like off-color, non-traditonal Christmas shows. You're interested in seeing new musicals. You want a gr8 performance from Elijah Rayman.

Don't see it if You want modern and/ or edgy humor:lots of passe jokes & not as subversive as it thinks it is. You want a better bad musical ala Mormon...

Also It's hard to parody a bad musical w/out becoming a bad musical. Some t... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Funny moments

See it if You need a laugh or two.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious

During previews
64
Work in progress, Cute, Clever songs, Lacks depth

See it if A clever enough sendup of the Christmas season with plenty of irreverence & scatalogical language.

Don't see it if Don’t expect a compelling story - cartoonish characters, little relatable emotion. But there are lots of laughs & is still previewing.

During previews
63
Offensive, Banal, Clever, Funny, Good acting

See it if you'll enjoy good performances in a not very good show. Good one-liners, but no coherence. Performances 85, costumes 85, music 75, book, 50.

Don't see it if you expect something better than a good, but not great SNL skit; don't enjoy watching stereotypes of priests & nuns speaking w/Irish brogues

Also The performances are the reason to see this show. Most of the actors d... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Funny concept, Good singing, Poor execution, Disappointing, Has potential

See it if you’re curious of the concept of the story & accept that they’re in previews with room for many improvements or if you support works by York

Don't see it if you expect quality production with on point execution.

Also The concept of the story was funny but with poor execution. Mr. Morgan... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Funny, Darker christmas story, Something different, Needs work first production

See it if you enjoy a darker Christmas tale - some funny humor - if not complete.

Don't see it if you need a solid show. This has potential but needs more productions to get the kinks out . Early for off-broadway run.

During previews
50
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You want a MILDLY funny holiday diversion. Couple of really great numbers/performers, Was the first preview, so HOPING for improvements!

Don't see it if You want a tight, funny show. A lot of jokes beaten to a pulp. Way too long - could be trimmed to 90 min. Should toss a lot of the filler

During previews
64
Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if This is a dark comedy that Has a bit of an edge. It’s like Book of Mormon meets White Christmas.

Don't see it if You are easily offended and don’t enjoy dark humor shows like Avenue Q and Book of Mormon.

During previews
63
Entertaining, Banal, Funny

See it if You want something that has a number of funny moments and is overall entertaining and very silly.

Don't see it if You want something that is somewhat sophisticated and you like a little more in theater than to just be entertained

Also This show had a number of clever and funny moments, though to do this ... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Disappointing, Undeveloped, Corny

See it if you think loud and active equals funny; enjoyed baudy musical numbers; don't care much of coherence

Don't see it if you get put off by shock value for its sake alone

During previews
50
Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Don't. Spend your time seeing anything else well reviewed on here. The singing is the only good part, but not the songs.

Don't see it if You want a funny clever witty story, it's bland and cliched. You want good musical numbers, they're cheesy and pointless.

Also This feels really amateurish from the plot, the jokes, the songs and t... Read more Read less


December 16th, 2018
"A show must have a minimum of internal logic and some good tunes. 'Christmas in Hell' comes up short on both counts...Lucifer appears only in the second act, which is regrettable...Williams excels at portraying overconfident egomaniacs...A lot happens, none of it memorable except perhaps to dedi...
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December 24th, 2018
“The comedy musical, ‘Christmas In Hell’...bringing plenty of laughs from the crowds with ridiculous musical numbers all done with a live band...While the tale is funny, with hilarious songs...the musical isn't only here for a good laugh. It deals with family, especially the tight bond a child ha...
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December 20th, 2018
"Unfortunately, a fifty-five-year-old bakery item is fresher than some of the gags on offer here...'Christmas in Hell' pretends to be delightfully transgressive, but that's not pine cones and holly berries you smell, it's desperation...The best thing I can say about Bill Castellino's production i...
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December 19th, 2018
"The holiday season is in for an irreverent satirizing in Gary Apple's musical comedy 'Christmas in Hell,' a rude and entertaining fable for adults. With book, music and lyrics by Apple, a writer/producer for television, the show now being produced by The York Theatre Company is a diverting antid...
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