‘A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage’ to tour 25 cities, including 4 in Texas, this season

This image released by Apple shows key art for the animated classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" holiday special. Apple and PBS have teamed up for ad free broadcasts of the special and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (Apple via AP) (Uncredited)

HOUSTON – Since it first aired in 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been a fan favorite, with the character of Brown being adored by many.

CBS executives thought the special would fail for a multitude of reasons: children were casted to voice characters, it didn’t feature a laugh track, and its background music being jazz all contributed to a slow-paced storytelling style that viewers, at the time, had not been used to.

Not only were those executives proven wrong, but they continue to be.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” went on to secure its TV showing as yearly tradition and nine years ago, nearly five decades later, it broke through another barrier – out of the TV screen and onto the stage.

Charlie Brown and the whole “Peanuts” gang escaped the confines of cartoon in a stage adaptation that was completed in 2013. The show’s stage adaptation is still going strong, becoming a touring production in 2017 and inviting viewers to behold the magic and meaning of Christmas right before their eyes.

The show is now 90 minutes long with a 20-minute intermission. All the beloved cartoon characters will be played by actors who sing and dance, rather than them being costumed. Musical classics from the show will be executed by a three-piece band on stage who, along with actors, will provide a concert after the performance where the audience can join in on the holiday classics in an interactive portion.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage” is a show for both the young and young at heart, though the average age of children in attendance is between four and 12. Peanuts merchandise will be available for purchase before and after the show, as well as during intermission.

The group begins touring the U.S. in November but will be in Texas at the following locations on select dates:

  • Galveston on Nov. 19 at The Grand 1894 Opera House located at 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, TX 77550
  • Beaumont on Dec. 11 at the Jefferson Theater located at 345 Fannin St, Beaumont, TX 77701
  • Lufkin on Dec. 12 at the Temple Theater located at 3500 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901
  • Dallas on Dec. 13 at the Majestic Theatre located at 1925 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

Ticket prices vary by location and, In some instances, by seating choice. Click here for a full list of cities, dates, times, and purchase options.