288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

The MeshugaNutcracker!

December 12 – 29, 2024

Conceived by Scott, Shannon & Stephen Guggenheim

Book by Scott & Shannon Guggenheim
Music and Lyrics by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Music Adapted and Lyrics by Shannon Guggenheim
Vocal Arrangements by Stephen Guggenheim
Orchestrations by Thomas Tomasello

Produced and Directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim
Musical Direction by Stephen Guggenheim
Choreographed by Shannon Guggenheim

Tickets for this production will go on sale 6 weeks prior to opening night BUT 3Believers Members get early order discounts, first pick of the best seats in the house, and the best discount we will offer on this event. Become a 3Believer today so you can enjoy these and many other exclusive membership benefits!

20th Anniversary Celebration!

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.

– San Jose Mercury News

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. 

  • Tickets

    Admission: $25 – $65

    3Below Member Price including box office fee: 

    $45 3Believers
    $25 3B25 Members with ID
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    Regular Price including box office fee: 

    $65 Adult 
    $55 Senior 62+ / Educator / Military with ID
    $45 Student with ID
    $45 Youth 12 and under
    $25 Student Rush (available 30 mins prior to showtime day-of for students age 13-24 in first two rows)
    $25 for Previews

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  • Showtimes


    December 12-29, 2024

    Thursdays at 7:30pm 
    Fridays at 7:30pm
    Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
    Sundays at 2:30

  • Length

    2 hours 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission

  • Age Guide

    Recommended for guests age 5 and up