Christmas with the Crawfords

By Richard Winchester and written by Mark Sargent

Directed by Michael Bruno

Christmas with the Crawfords is a hilarious tribute to Hollywood's "Golden Era" set during the infamous 1940’s Christmas Eve live radio broadcast of Joan Crawford and her children from their Brentwood home. Most actors appear in drag – performing beloved holiday tunes.

Christmas with the Crawfords, created by Richard Winchester and written by Mark Sargent, originated in San Francisco in 1993, and has since delighted packed houses from San Francisco and LA to New York. The story takes place in Joan Crawford’s living room circa 1944, where she has scheduled a live interview with Hedda Hopper in a desperate bid for publicity in hopes of saving her career. Joan’s plan is foiled, however, when numerous Hollywood icons drop by to steal the spotlight, including Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, Ethel Merman, and, of course, Bette Davis as “Baby Jane.” And when Joan’s “adoring” children take the stage, it becomes clear why Christmas with the Crawfords is called “the mother of all campy holiday musicals!”

Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: December 5-20, 2014

Performance Times: Friday, December 5 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 6 at 8 pm
Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2 pm
Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 19 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $15 Sunday and Thursday $20 Friday and Saturdays

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


We are looking for men and women for several roles! Join us for this wild and funny ride!

Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm- 9 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7pm- 9 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm- 9 pm (Callbacks)

Location- 148 East Wilson Street, StageQ rehearsal space

What to wear- Dress in comfortable clothing that you are able to move in.

What to prepare- Please prepare min. of 32 bars of a Broadway comedic song of your choosing. Please bring sheet music in your key. No transposing, no acapella, accompanist provided. NO prepared monologues. Sides for cold readings will be provided at auditions.

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Character list:
Liberace - Pianist
Christina Crawford
Christopher Crawford
Joan Crawford
Baby Jane
Hedda Hopper
Edith Head
Laverne Andrews
Ethel Merman
Patty Andrews
Gloria Swanson
Maxine Andrews
Carmen Miranda
Judy Garland
Hattie McDaniels

PLEASE NOTE: We will have men dressed in drag for a few of these roles.