Best Christmas Pageant Ever—The Musical

The Herdmans are a family of rotten children. They lie, steal, swear, fight, light things on fire, and are the bane of the community. When they get wind of the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully their way into the main roles and wreak havoc. But what some folks feared would be the worst pageant ever turns out to have a special quality that makes everyone rethink the real meaning of the Christmas story.

We've taken the story and set it in the early '60s, and the songs reflect the pop and country styles of the time. Commissioned by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina, BCPE-TM had its world premiere November 25, 2016, and broke all box office records during its run, making it the best-selling production in the 68-year history of that theatre.


December 1st, 2016

“Did ‘Best Christmas Pageant’ really need to be a musical? Yes.”

Lawrence Toppman

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” may be the first play written for kids that would inspire me to buy the original cast album, if there were one.