Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish-The Musical – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Move over, Grinch. Dash on, Rudolph. Time to go, Buddy the Elf. No time to wait for the Polar Express. There’s a new Christmas story in town and she’s a rag doll named Eleanor, named after that wonderful lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a remarkable First Lady to FDR.

Just in time for the whole family for the holidays, you’re invited to stream “Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish-The Musical” written by Denise McGowan Tracy from November 27 to December 24. The Shubert Theatre in New Haven and the Palace Theater in Waterbury have again partnered to offer their respective audiences the opportunity to enjoy a holiday offering for the whole family sponsored by the Bank of America Holiday Series.

Even though Eleanor lives at the North Pole, surrounded by people who love her, like Santa and his wife Cookie, Sprinkle and Sparkle, Clara, Twinkle, Shimmer and Glimmer, she has a secret wish. She feels as a rag doll she needs a best friend and a home of her own.

Every year she helps the elves make toys for all the good little boys and girls on Santa’s nice list, but she desperately wants one special friend for herself. Every year she watches Santa fill his sleigh with presents, but she is never chosen. It’s fun to bake cookies with Mrs.“Cookie” Claus all year, but Eleanor gets sad and sadder when no little girl asks for her as a special present for Christmas.

With cheery tunes like ”The North Pole is a Magical Place,” “Wrap It Up” and “Make Your Wish,” these beautifully costumed characters will sing and dance their way into your heart. When Eleanor determines she will write a letter to Santa specifically telling him her wish, she hopes her dream will come true. Is there a little girl out there who is wishing for a rag doll of her very own?

This Chicago world premiere musical from 2019 can be streamed to your home by calling the Palace Theater at 203-346-2000 or online at eleanorswish.com or at https://www.palacetheaterct.org/shows/main-stage-presentations/eleanors-wish. Tickets are $20 for a household using code PALWAT20. In addition there are two Merry Christmas Party Presents with special gifts from Eleanor available to order, The Super Fun Sprinkle and Sparkle Box for $45 and The Super Duper Fun Eleanor Box for $60, plus shipping and handling. Shubert Theatre audiences can purchase tickets at: www.shuberttheatre.org

Learn how a wish is just the start of a dream. Follow Eleanor as she learns about Home, Hope and Heart. May all your Christmas dreams and wishes come true.