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It may still be a few months off, but the winter theater season is fast approaching. Few things are better than escaping the cold for a few hours by watching your favorite musical, and this year there are plenty of shows both new and old that can capture the attention of even the most casual theater fan.
Few people are unfamiliar with the story of Mary Poppins, the magical nanny who was immortalized on film nearly 50 years ago by Julie Andrews. Over the last several years, the popular tale has made its way to the Broadway stage and has become a favorite show among musical fans of all kinds.
Picking up Mary Poppins tickets this holiday season will treat audience members young and old to some of the best tunes on Broadway including "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Step in Time," both of which you'll certainly recognize from the 1964 film.
The Lion King
Much like Mary Poppins, The Lion King is one of the most famous children's movies of the 20th century. The music, story and characters still resonate more than 18 years after the film hit theaters, and much of that is thanks to the stellar musical that debuted in 1997.
With music by Elton John, it's easy to see why fans have gone back and seen the show time and time again. The story of Simba and his path toward redemption is well-known and the tunes are just as pleasing (who can forget the words to "Hakuna Matata?") But what makes this musical is its stunning visuals, which include some of the most innovative costumes and sets ever to hit the stage.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
You can't have the holiday season without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Since 1933, the Christmas tradition has been a staple of the season and is one of the most beloved shows not just in New York City, but in the entire country.
The show runs just for a short time (this year it's November 9 through December 30) and features performances of some of the most beloved holiday classics such as "Sleigh Ride" and "Joy to the World." Of course, you can't forget about The Rockettes, who have been a staple of the show since its earliest days. This year is especially meaningful, as The Rockettes will be celebrating their 85th year in 2012.
After months of competition, the NASCAR season has entered the home stretch as the Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off in just a few short days. Some of the biggest names in auto racing are poised to make a run at the title, and even some of the most casual NASCAR fans can appreciate what's on the line. Will last year's champion Tony Stewart be able to repeat? Or will veteran Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne come from behind to win? There's no way to be sure, but one thing's for certain - it will be quite a ride getting there.
Geico 400 in Chicago
Held at the Chicagoland Speedway, the Geico 400 kicks off the Chase for the Cup on September 16, and getting a head start on the competition certainly can't hurt. If you need any indication of how important is to get a win on the first race of the chase, you need look no further than last year. In 2011, Tony Stewart came away with the victory and went on to capture the Cup. Will he be able to do it again this year? He enters the chase in third place just three points behind leader Danny Hamlin, so it's a very real possibility.
Bank of America 500
Less than one month after the Geico 400, the Bank of America 500 comes to North Carolina. The race comes at about the halfway point in the Chase for the Cup, so by then we should have a better idea of who is poised to take the championship. Last year's winner Matt Kenseth will be back in play this year, as he enters the chase in eighth place.
The event is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, one of the most famous venues in the sport. The iconic track dates back more than 50 years and since it can host approximately 140,000 spectators, it is one of the biggest sports arenas in the country.
Ford EcoBoost 400
It all comes down to this - the Ford EcoBoost 400 is the final race of the season for NASCAR drivers. Depending on what happens on the two months leading up to the race, whoever wins the EcoBoost 400 could very well win the Sprint Cup. That's exactly what happened in 2011, when Stewart captured the victory and the Cup all in one day.