Family, Live Events Series, Stage

12/03/2020 - 12/20/2020

The MeshugaNutcracker!

Conceived by Scott, Shannon & Stephen Guggenheim
Book by Scott & Shannon Guggenheim
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music Adapted & Lyrics by Shannon Guggenheim
Vocal Arrangements by Stephen Guggenheim
Orchestrations by Thomas Tomasello

Produced by Guggenheim Entertainment, Inc
Directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim
Choreographed by Shannon Guggenheim
Musical Direction by Stephen Guggenheim
Set Design by Julie Engelbrecht
Costume Design by  Julie Engelbrecht
Lighting Design by Derek Duarte
Sound Design by John Leyden
Production Stage Managed by Chela Noto*


Admission: $40 – $55

Opening Night with VIP Post-Show Reception | Thursday, December 3
Performs through December 20 | Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm

2 hours 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission


The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating, Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Add in dancing dreidels and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday gathering for all ages. Some might call it crazy…we call it  The MeshugaNutcracker!

“A Dazzling silly and amazingly touching story.” – San Jose Mercury News

“Light! Happy! Fun! Joyful! Something completely original. The story of Chanukah told the music of Tchaikovsky – absolutely marvelous! Chanukah is even more special because of them.” – John Rothmann, ABCKGO Radio

An original musical by 3Below’s own Scott, Shannon, and Stephen Guggenheim, The MeshugaNutcracker! premiered in 2003 and has performed somewhere in the country every winter since. The production was filmed for Fathom Events. running in over 400 theaters nationwide and is now streaming on BroadwayHD.  “Members of the tribe” will devour its Jewish artistry and traditions while those who grew up celebrating in December without dreidels and latkes will delight in this new take on the very familiar Nutcracker tunes. 

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Stephen Guggenheim* Gronam Schmegegi

Susan Gundunas* Esther Schmegegi

Shannon Guggenheim* Treitel Schlmazel

Jeremy Kreamer Velvel Schnook

Lynda DiVito* Rivka Schmuel

Benjamin Pither* Rabbi Motke Schmerel

Krista Wigle* Yetta Schmendrick

Jackson Davis* Yacob Schlemiel

Yonkel Schlumperdink Our Guest Star

Chela Noto* Production Stage Manager

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