This family-friendly musical combines several different O. Henry stories, some famous and some not, into a fast-paced depiction of life at holiday time in New York City ca. 1905. William Sydney Porter is late, as usual, with his Sunday story for the “World” newspaper. What and who shall he write about this time?
A courier from the “World” finds Porter drinking with friends in a saloon, and pressures him to start writing.
Characters : Full Company
It’s Jim and Della’s first Christmas together, but he’s depressed because he can’t buy her the expensive presents she deserves. Della, however, doesn’t feel deprived.Character : Della
Soapy gets along OK living on the street – except when it’s cold. Then he has to make plans for winter housing.
Character : Soapy
The millionaire Pilkins loves high-born Alice, but her awareness of unfair class distinctions causes her to be standoffish. Pilkins persuades the Courier to act as go-between while he attempts to impress her.
Characters: Pilkins, Courier, Alice
Rosalie entertains at a saloon frequented by rowdy men, whose tastes she appreciates all too well.
Characters: Alice, Jim, Della, Wigmaker, Soapy, Rosalie, Pilkins
Three men from different social classes find good reason to envy someone else.
Characters : Jim, Soapy, Pilkins
Porter amuses a group of schoolchildren by showing them that what is truly “smart” isn’t always obvious.
Characters: Porter, Children
The children sing their special song for the citizens of New York.
PORTER: Robert Sella
COURIER: Ron DeStefano
DELLA: Elena Shaddow
JIM: Ted Keegan
SOAPY: Michael McCoy
PILKINS: Michael Deleget
ALICE: Carrie Johnson
ROSALIE, WIGMAKER: Mary Jo McConnell