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Christmas in Hell

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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
75
Avg Score

100
Absorbing, Funny, Great singing, Must see, Hilarious

See it if What an amazing show! Unexpectedly funny, great singing and acting. Little Devon (the main character) was simply brilliant!

Don't see it if PG13 due to the some language

During previews
73
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Naughty, Fluffy

See it if You want some fun mindless fluff. Interesting staging, they do a lot with a little (I always like to see that), plus a couple great songs.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a perfectly polished fully conceived show. This is a show from the Fringe Festival that’s gotten the star treatment.

During previews
79
Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a good dose of humor around a simple story w/ basic but hilarious songs told with flashbacks, good musicians & great costumes/hair.

Don't see it if you are not up for some raunchy humor, don't like casting in multiple roles, don't want to spend nearly 2 hours on a simple plot and songs.

During previews
71
Simpson's writer brings offbeat wit to musical telling story of how father rescues son from devil's clutches

See it if good satire of Christmas specials & religion; songs w clever lyrics; amusing over-the-top performances

Don't see it if has stereotypical cartoon characters; voices generally substandard; features un-melodic patter songs; saccharine ending: love conquers all

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
85
Irreverent, Entertaining, Great singing, amusing, clever songs, Silly & enjoyable

See it if The singing was excellent, many great very enjoyable song that were perfectly performed.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a silly show about the devil, Hell, etc. The one song I did not enjoy was Selfie. It wasn't funny and was very strange.

Also Elijah Rayman age 10 does a great job with his songs, Lori Hammel too.... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever

See it if you enjoy a funny and witty musical that starts with the fruitcake from hell. Very talented cast sings songs with clever lyrics.Nice staging

Don't see it if you want to bring children to a Christmas show. There is profanity especially in one very funny song.

Also Very talented cast and some play multiple roles. I really laughed a lo... 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
73
Great singing, Funny, Clever puns, Shows promise

See it if Throw everything into hell’s kitchen sink and call it a holiday musical. I say it’s a funny kind of fruitcake. Warm fuzzy ending.

Don't see it if You actually love fruitcake. You are easily offended by sacrilegious humor. The story is weird.

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
76
Funny, Quirky

See it if Like watching a Simpsons Halloween Special and Christmas musical hybrid: full of satire and songs of silly jokes rooted in family values.

Don't see it if Plot gaps (sometimes highlighted as the joke), satire, sacrilegious jokes, and profanity (esp. F word) aren't your thing. Still developing.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

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
70
Funny, Dark humor

See it if dark comedy appeals to you.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional Christmas show or are easily offended.

During previews
40
Indulgent, Quirky, Disjointed, Too long, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a weird new musical with some really funny bits, or you just want to support the York

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 2 and a half hours of jokes stretched into four-minute musical numbers. You're not a fan of God/Satan on stage

Also The show aims to be a "surprisingly touching musical comedy," but it f... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing, Must see

See it if What a fun show! See it if you want to laugh. I really enjoyed this and would see it again.

Don't see it if If you need a realistic or serious story, or prefer a play

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
31
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if There are a couple good singers and funny/good songs and one really funny song

Don't see it if You want a fully polished professional and tight show. This seemed like it still needed a lot of work.

During previews
86
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are not afraid of slightly different interpretation of thetraditional Christmas story, open to some fun, and not too concervative

Don't see it if Taking stage performance too serious, do not want child to offer friendship to Lucifer and to see female actress playing God.

Also The whole cast is WOW (Lori Hammel, Zak Risinger, others)! They all ar... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy clever, funny musicals. This one is very different from the musicals we've seen before but we enjoyed most of the lyrics a lot.

Don't see it if jokes about Christmas and religion in general offend you or if you can't handle F-words even when used in a comical way.

Also We saw it at the 5th public performance, still in previews, and accord... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Delightful, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if Ready for some subversive holiday fun in a musical? Incredibly well cast - very single one! Pretty staging and set design. Funny and quirky

Don't see it if Not looking for fun? Easily offended? Don't like stellar performances?

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
90
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to have some fun by experiencing brilliant music & lyrics, an inventive plot and inspiring acting.

Don't see it if you think God is not a woman, you cannot be enchanted by a devilish devil and you hate kids.

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
79
Clever, Entertaining, Irreverent, A romp

See it if you like irreverent comedy that pokes fun at institutions like Christmas, religion, or Hell itself. Cute songs, and a star turn or two.

Don't see it if you are so religiously conservative that poking fun at Christmas or Hell or the Catholic church is offensive to you. Or you want "serious."

Also I saw the first public performance of this show. It was an ambitious u... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Clever, Great singing, Super funny

See it if you like a VERY FUN show with lots of laughs. It is Simpson-esque.

Don't see it if you dont like the simpsons


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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