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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
75
Avg Score

During previews
74
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you like comical musicals. There is room for improvement. Hope it'll change better though it won't go to hilarious.

Don't see it if you don't like a absurd story and want to see a serious one.

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
79
Clever, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you’re intrigued by a somewhat foul-mouthed holiday story and you enjoy a campy script and performances.

Don't see it if you’re easily offended and seeking something more serious.

Also the show has show tonal inconsistencies but they should be resolved by... 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
80
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You like irreverent comedy. This was extremely clever. Costumes are amazing! Production values great! Great writing, acting, singing, etc.

Don't see it if You are bothered by raunchy dialogue and the occasional F word. You are religious & alternative interpretations of heaven and hell offend.

Also I was so pleasantly surprised. I went in cold, taking a chance and rea... Read more Read less

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

During previews
92
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You want to escape reality and have some belly laughs and hear some great tunes!

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals!

During previews
39
Disappointing, Slow, Funny

See it if musicals in a small setting are your thing

Don't see it if you're wanting a show with the quality of "Desperate Measures".

Also We were very disappointed in this show. We enjoy lots of "York Theatre... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Entertaining, Hilarious, Surprising, Quirky, Funny

See it if You are tired of all the holiday shows and want something a little edgy. Enjoy laughing and meeting very strange characters.

Don't see it if You are offended by the F-word. Not for little kids.Not open to a wild story full of weird surprises.

During previews
96
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Delightfully different

See it if You like to try something new, and are tired of the same-old, same-old holiday fare. And if you like new, out-of-the-ordinary musicals.

Don't see it if You only like traditional holiday shows, which are sweet, earnest and cloying. If you don't enjoy new musicals.

During previews
91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you like funny musicals with great actors.

Don't see it if You want a more traditional holiday show.

During previews
100
Must see, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for a truly different Christmas show

Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly musical theatre

During previews
100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if WE LOVED THE PLAY. It was so funny, the actors were EXCELLENT. You walk out laughing and smiling!

Don't see it if If you want to be depressed and shut yourself in your room and cry, then don't see the play - it would put you in too good of a mood

During previews
98
Clever, Great singing, Intense, Hilarious

See it if ..it if you are in the mood for something outside the box, a fairytale whith some inappropriate elements, I don’t know how else describe it.

Don't see it if .. if you don’t like diminishing jokes about religion and god, or if you are easily offended by the F-word.

Also My husband and I saw the show today and liked it a lot! Being in our 6... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Romantic, Must see, Quirky, Clever, Enchanting

See it if If you are on a date with someone witty, irreverent, sentimental, unconventional, and quirky. If you think God and the Devil should make up

Don't see it if I almost can't think of anyone you shouldn't see it with.

During previews
99
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Quirky

See it if I went to see one of the first previews and loved it. See it if you like something different, but in the same time sweet. Clever writing.

Don't see it if A lot of people write here how controversial this show is. Peaple love it of hate it. I loved it and you have to go and see for yourself!

During previews
100
Clever, Quirky, Must see, Hilarious

See it if I really enjoyed this production! The acting of 10 year old boy is outstanding. Also loved Galiana, what a role! All songs are excellent.

Don't see it if Just don’t bring young children to this show, it has some naughty references, but not much. Still very hilarious!

During previews
98
Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if See it if you want to see something new and refreshing. Lots of clever jokes. I saw it few days ago and a lot of songs are still in my head!

Don't see it if Don’t see if you you are looking for a traditional Christmas show, since this one is not!

During previews
98
Romantic, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if This show is complex- it’s hilarious and romantic and thought-provoking in the same time. Very interesting and super funny. Highly recommend

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you want to bring little children. PG 13!

Also We saw this show on Saturday and absolutely loved it! Acting and singi... Read more Read less

During previews
99
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if See the show if you are a free spirited person, if you enjoy the edgy art and want to see something completely new and innovative.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are looking for something traditional and serious. This show is wild! I give it 99 because it was too hot in there! AC!

During previews
100
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if I was laughing through the whole show. Almost each scene has very intelligent and light humor. Easy to watch!

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor at all

During previews
100
Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if See it if you have a good sense of humor and not too uptight. It’s kinda of irreverent and very very funny, but also touching. I loved it!

Don't see it if If you are an uptight person or very religious - maybe it’s not your type of show

Also I went to see it on Saturday night and literally, there was not a sing... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Delightful, Great writing, Must see, Edgy, Clever

See it if See it if want to laugh your head off! It’s super funny, and a bit inappropriate. I loved the ending! School principal was my favorite!

Don't see it if I don’t see any reasons of why someone should not see it.

During previews
100
Hilarious, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Come to see it if like to see unexpected, if you want laugh and cry and shake your head in disbelief.

Don't see it if Just don’t bring your little children to the show.

Also There is nothing like this ever created! It’s the most clever written ... 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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