The MeshugaNutcracker!

Now Available to Stream On BroadwayHD

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


The first full-length, professional musical celebrating Chanukah, The MeshugaNutcracker is performed live annually during the holiday season in theaters around the country as well as hosted on BroadwayHD as a streaming event. For licensing, please contact the creators here.

– 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. 

Looking For The Perfect Holiday Gifts?

Give The Gift of Professional Theater

BroadwayHD is hosting The MeshugaNutcracker as well as hundreds of other professional live theatrical and filmed theatrical events. An annual subscription means you can bring Broadway into your living room, and every year during the holiday season you can watch The MeshugaNutcracker - an annual holiday tradition!

Give The Gift of Beautiful Music

The MeshugaNutcracker is now available on CD! This studio recording features all of the songs from the hit Chanukah musical as well as a full-color, 24-page booklet with lyrics, cast, credits, and much more. Want to stream the songs instead? Visit iTunes or today!


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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