The MeshugaNutcracker!

12/03/2020 - 12/20/2020

Opening Night with VIP Post-Show Reception | Thursday, December 3

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

– San Jose Mercury News

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!

“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. 

  • Tickets


    Regular: $55

    Discounts for students, seniors, educators, and military: $50

    Youth: $45

    Group discounts available

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  • Production Team

    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
    Sound Design by John Leyden
    Production Stage Managed by Chela Noto*

  • Age Guide

    The MeshugaNutcracker! is recommended for guests age 5 and up


Jackson Davis*
Yacob Schlemiel
Lynda DiVito*
Rivka Schmuel
Stephen Guggenheim*
Gronam Schmegegi
Shannon Guggenheim*
Treitel Schlmazel
Susan Gundunas*
Esther Schmegegi
Jeremy Kreamer
Velvel Schnook
Benjamin Pither*
Rabbi Motke Schmerel
Krista Wigle*
Yetta Schmendrick
Chela Noto*
Production Stage Manager
*Member, Actors' Equity Association

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