Richard Winchester, Mark Sargent and Wayne Buidens have imagined the campy possibilities of holiday time with actress Joan Crawford and gossip goddess Hedda Hopper in Christmas With the Crawfords, ending Dec. 30 at New York City's Grove Street Playhouse. Performances of the campy holiday show began Dec. 2. Donna Drake directs and choreographs with musical direction by Joe Collins.
As Hopper chats up Crawford, star of such films as "Above Suspicion," "The Women" and "Grand Hotel," a parade of stars make their way through her Brentwood estate on their way to Gary Cooper's Christmas Party next door. Celebs singing and dancing through the Crawford broadcast include Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Ethel Merman, Carmen Miranda and the Andrews Sisters. Even Crawford's children, Christina and Christopher (you may remember them from the book and film "Mommie Dearest," a testament to the film star's child-rearing skills) get in on the act.
Joey Arias stars Crawford. Also in the cast are Connie Champagne, Trauma Flintstone, Steve Grenyo, Chris March, Matthew Martin, Mark Sargent and Jason Scott.
Tickets are $35-$30. The Grove Street Playhouse is located at 39 Grove Street. For reservations, call (212) 879-5575.
— By Christine Ehren