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Catch a musical version of Miracle on 34th Street this weekend

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Showtunes Theatre Company creates “concert versions” of rarely staged musicals, giving Seattle audiences a chance to experience productions with sparkling scores that have fallen out of favor.

For December, the talented company tackles Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical, based on the 1947 movie about the department store Santa who convinces cynical New Yorkers that he's the real thing.

Originally called Here’s Love when it opened on Broadway in 1963, Willson (Music Man) later changed the title to match the movie.

The version performed by Showtunes features Wilson’s 1951 holiday hit song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” as well as such seasonally appropriate songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “Here’s Love,” and “That Man over There is Santa Claus.”

The cast of Miracle includes John Patrick Lowrie (Kris Kringle), Allen Galli (R. H. Macy), Laura Griffith (Doris Walker), Josh Carter (Fred Gaily), Dennis Bateman (Marvin Shellhammer) and Analiese Guettinger (Susan Walker).

Director Allison Narver (Hound of the Baskervilles) and music director Scott Warrender set the scene for this holiday outing.

There are two performances only: Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 15,, at 2 pm, in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall downtown. Tickets are available online.

Showtune’s second show in their 2013-2014 Season will be Cole Porter’s High Society in March 2014.

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