Performance and classical music listings

Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Age of Arousal Set in 1885, five Victorian women pursue a new age where erotic freedom reigns supreme. Closes 1/6. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. www.wilmatheater.org. $37-$52.

Ain't Misbehavin' A journey through the Fats Waller songbook & Harlem in its heyday. Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700. www.princemusictheater.org. $40-$55.

A Christmas Carol Scrooge finds himself face-to-face with three ghosts of Christmas. Closes 12/30. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211, www.hedgerowtheatre.org. $10-$22.

A Christmas Carol Adapted by Bruce Graham from the novel by Charles Dickens. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686. www.mumpuppet.org. $25-$35. Note: For ages 8 & over. There are scary ghosts & the theater is very dark on a few occasions.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Disgruntled deer accuse Santa of inappropriate conduct. Closes 12/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. www.societyhillplayhouse.org. $21 includes one drink.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told All the holiday traditions, compressed into a single show. Closes 12/30. Cape May Stage, 31 Perry St., Cape May; 609-884-1341; www.capemaystage.com. $28; $20 seniors; $10 children.

Five Candles Story about bringing back the magic of Christmas. Appropriate for all ages. Closes 12/30. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200; www.act2.org. $10.

Greater Tuna Two actors, playing twenty classic characters, create a Texas tall tale. Closes 12/30. Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. www.walnutstreettheatre.org. $28.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Rock musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice based on the biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery. Closes 12/30. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100, www.mediatheatre.org. $22-$39.

Menopause The Musical Hilarious celebration of women & "the change." Closes 5/20. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. www.societyhillplayhouse.org. $45.

The Screwtape Letters Musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel about a demon who enlists his nephew to corrupt human souls. Closes 1/13. Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395. www.lanterntheater.org. $30.

Striking 12 Wacky rewiring of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl.' Closes 12/31. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-569-9700. www.princemusictheater.org. $40-$55.

This Is The Week That Is 1812 Productions presents this politics-themed comedy show that's re-written frequently to keep up with current events. Closes 1/13. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-569-7900. www.1812productions.org. $12-$34.

Treasure Island: A Musical Panto Set sail for a boisterous romp across the seas of slapstick & swashbuckling adventure. Closes 1/1. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. www.peopleslight.org. $29.

The World Goes 'Round Features the unforgettable music of one of Broadway's most successful teams, John Kander & Fred Ebb. Closes 12/30. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; Reservations required: 267-987-9865. www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org. $20-$25.

Family theater

Comet, the Fifth Reindeer Meet the other "flying sled guide." Closes 12/29. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100; www.mediatheatre.org. $10; $9 seniors; $8 children. 12/8 11 am.

The Holiday Goose Family-friendly musical comedy. Closes 12/30. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland; 215-886-9341. www.familystages.org. $10.

Peter Pan: The High Flying Broadway Musical J.M. Barrie's beloved tale of lost boys, Indian maidens & pirate rogues. Closes 1/6. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550; www.walnutstreettheatre.org. $10-$67.50.

Sleeping Beauty Arden Children's Theatre present this modernization of the classic tale. On the Haas Stage. Recommended for ages 5 & older. Closes 1/27. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org. $26-$30; $18-$22 youth 13-17; $14-$16 children 12 & under.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Based on Dickens' classic holiday tale, but without the ghosts young children may find frightening. Closes 12/29. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211, www.hedgerowtheatre.org. $10; $8 children.

The Velveteen Rabbit Shadows, puppets & masked actors. Closes 12/30. Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.; 215-925-7686. www.mumpuppet.org. $15.

The Wizard of Oz Storybook Musical Theatre invites you down the Yellow Brick Road. Closes 12/30. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn; Reservations recommended: 215-659-8550; www.storybookmusical.org. $12; $10 children.

Community theater

The Nutcracker Curio Theatre Company presentation. Closes 12/29. West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; 215-525-1350; www.curiotheatre.org. $22; $19 students & seniors; $10 children 12 & under.

The Song of Bernadette Actors' NET of Bucks County presents this tale of a simple French girl who sees a vision in Lourdes, France. Closes 12/30. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 North Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children under 13.

Three Days of Rain Love story involving a shy, unconfident architect & the colorful Southern woman who believes in him. Closes 1/19. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 866-811-4111; www.pcstheater.org. $15; $8 students.

Dinner theater

A Deadly Briefcase Interactive "whodunit" features comedy, romance, intrigue & murder. Closes 3/29. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Reservations required: 215-925-8880. www.bistroromano.com. $42.95 includes hors d'oeuvres & four-course dinner.

Fatal Reunion Without a Cue presents an interactive murder mystery dinner theater production. Closes 1/28. Fisher's Tudor House, 1858 Street Rd., Bensalem; Reservations required: 215-244-9777. www.withoutacue.com. $39.95; $64.99 on 12/31.

Here's Killing You, Kid! Dinner & a murder mystery that spoofs film noir. Reservations required: 215-794-4051. Closes 12/29. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; www.peddlersvillage.com. $44.95.

Classical Music

Orchestral

Philadelphia Orchestra: New Year's Eve Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra perform. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $53-$133. 12/31 8 pm.

Strauss Symphony of America: Salute to Vienna Annual performance featuring polkas, waltzes & operetta excerpts by Strauss & other Viennese composers. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.salutetovienna.com. $34-$109. 12/30 2:30 pm.

Chamber music/Recitals

*FREE* Chamber Concert: Soprano Andrea Broido & Flutist Mimi Stillman Works by 20th Century composers. Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford; 610-566-4507. www.pendlehill.org. 12/29 8 pm.

Dance

Pennsylvania Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Beloved Christmas tale of a young girl & her magical doll is brought to life through dance. Closes 12/31. The Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; 215-893-1999; www.paballet.org. $13-$112. 12/28 2 & 7 pm. 12/29 noon & 4 pm. 12/30 noon & 4 pm. 12/31 noon.

Other performances

Artie Lange Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 215-568-3222; www.artie-lange.com. $49.50-$75. 12/31 10 pm.

Stomp: National Tour Lively show blends dance with percussion music played with buckets, brooms & other unusual "instruments." Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-732-5446; www.stomponline.com. $25-$59.50. 12/28 8 pm. 12/29 5 & 9 pm. 12/30 2 & 7 pm. 12/31 5 & 9 pm. 1/2 8 pm.