Want to see a show tonight? Let our reviewers help you choose.

The show: “Madeline’s Christmas,” book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby and music by Shirley Mier, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans

What it's about: The night before Christmas in their Paris board school, 11 of 12 girls fall ill, leaving only Madeline to care for them. Are their planned Christmas visits to their families ruined or is there magic in the air?

See it or not? Surely see it. Great family entertainment and a number of great singing performances.

Worth the price of admission: Bridget Williams as schoolmistress Ms. Clavell and Charlotte Kemp as Martine the Mouse

Fun fact: Bemelmans' "Madeline" was first published in 1939, and "Madeline’s Christmas" was first published as a story in 1956 in McCall’s magazine. The story was finally published in book form in 1985.

Side note: Of the 12 talented actresses playing the schoolgirls, only one of them is making her Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre debut: Shae McSharry as Madeline, who shares those duties with veteran company actress Angelina Cuthbert Manchuk

If you go: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 30, and 2 p.m. Dec. 26-28 at The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, 105 Division St., West Harwich; $25, $15 for students; 508-432-2002, www.capecodtheatrecompany.org.

Full review: https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainment/20181201/magic-name-of-game-in-madelines-christmas

-- Jay Pateakos

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The show: "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol," by Tom Mula

What it's about: The classic Dickens’ story of “A Christmas Carol” -- Scrooge, in all his “humbug” glory, cares more for money than for anything or anyone until three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve to show him the error of his ways -- is told from the point of view Marley, Scrooge’s partner-turned-avenging angel.

See it or not? The show is an updated and stirring retelling of a cozy old tale, with a liberal dose of good-natured humor and satire for balance.

Worth the price of admission: How the four cast members make the show's stark simplicity an asset, delivering lines effectively and convincingly miming ordinary actions.

Fun fact: The play is actually sometimes performed as a one-man show.

Side note: In the original,1938 screen version of Dickens’ work, Leo G. Carroll played Marley’s Ghost and Reginald Owen was the old humbug himself.

If you go: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 29 at the Academy Playhouse, 120 Main St., Orleans; $22-26; www.apacape.org or 255-1963.

Full review: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20181202/jacob-marleys-christmas-carol-stirring-and-satirical

-- Sue Mellen

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The show: "Always ... Patsy Cline," by Ted Swindley

What it's about: A 27-song jukebox musical about an unexpected friendship between the country-music legend and a devoted Texas fan.

See it or not? A must for Cline fans that's also entertaining for those who don't know her music (though you won't learn much about her life).

Worth the price of admission: Playing the role on and off since 2002, Laura Cappello channels Cline in sound, mannerisms and look.

Fun fact: The story is based on real life, and the pen-pal exchange between superstar and fan.

Side note: While Cappello has performed the show for a half-dozen runs on the Mid-Cape, this first production on the Outer Cape has a new co-star: Julia Salinger, whose folksy and sassy humor and blunt talk wins over the audience early.

If you go: 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St.; $38; reservations at provincetowntheater.org or at box office noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays at 230 Commercial St.; information: 508-487-7487.

Full review: https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20181130/patsy-cline-endures-in-always

-- Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll

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The show: “Mary Poppins” by Julian Fellowes, with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

What it's about: The musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney film tells the story of a no-nonsense nanny with magical powers who instigates life-giving changes in the home of an uptight London banker, his insecure wife and their two naughty children.

See it or not? This production is, in a word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! And it almost works to use a song title to describe Sara Sneed’s performance as Mary Poppins. But that’s not “Practically Perfect” (as Mary describes herself) – it truly is perfect.

Worth the price of admission: The big ensemble numbers all have a genuine wow factor, but especially “Jolly Holiday,” where a sedate afternoon in the park turns into a joyful extravaganza in which even the “statues” come to life. Actually, part of the wonder is how sculptural the actors look before they start dancing!

Fun fact: Julian Fellowes was tapped to write the script for the stage production because of his expertise on the Edwardian era. He went on to create, write and produce the blockbuster TV series “Downton Abbey.”

Side note: The roles of the family’s young children are dual cast, with Julia Ernst and Katlyn Markowski as Jane Banks and Nathanael Schultz and Max Wesp as Michael Banks.

If you go: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28; $37, $32 for balcony seating; with a $5 discount for members and $2 discount for seniors and veterans; artsonthecape.org or 508-428-0669.

Full review: https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20181121/mary-poppins-brings-magic-to-cotuit

-- Cindy Nickerson

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The show: “Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow"

What it’s about: A musical revue featuring an eclectic mix of Broadway tunes, pop songs, and Christmas music.

See it or not: Yes. Stars Jared Hagan and Trish LaRose have an infectious rapport that seems as natural as breathing.

Worth the price of admission: Hagan singing “Sara Lee,” the hilarious anthem to the famous dessert company.

Fun fact: The show will feature five different guest performers over the course of its run.

Side note: Hagen has appeared in 35 productions at Cape Rep Theatre and LaRose has been in more than a dozen.

If you go: 7 p.m. Sundays and Mondays through Nov. 26; 7 p.m. Dec. 4-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9

Full review: https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20181112/duos-joyous-chemistry-fuels-terrific-musical-revue

-- Paul Babin

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