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Reno’s Eldorado stages ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Katie Mewes and Joey D’Auria star in “Miracle on 34th Street,” playing through Jan. 1 at the Eldorado in Reno.
Katie Mewes and Joey D’Auria star in “Miracle on 34th Street,” playing through Jan. 1 at the Eldorado in Reno.

The Eldorado in Reno goes all-out family in its current production, which begins with no fewer than 11 dancing Santa Clauses, charging through the audience to take the stage and firmly setting the delightful tone of the musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Inside the Macy’s setting, we are introduced to Kris Kringle, who holds the position as the store’s resident Santa. The problem, as any film lover knows, is that he thinks he is the real Santa Claus.

The show is squarely aimed at youngsters.

The original songs are serviceable if not all that memorable. The cast is strong with the lovely Christanna Rowader as the non-believing mother, Doris Walker, and the charming Joey D’Auria as Kris Kringle.

Very little of the show has become dated from its beginnings in 1947, and its joy is timeless.

The final 20 minutes are filled with a sing-along of Christmas songs, and with this cast, that’s downright joyous. (Through Sunday, Jan. 1; 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, plus 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; $36.15-$57.46; eldoradoreno.com)

Elsewhere:

The Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno just got its validation: according to the latest “Guinness Book of World Records” it indeed has the tallest climbing wall in the world, soaring above downtown Virginia Street with 163 feet and 6.5 inches of wall, starting from the second floor and going to the top of the building 188 feet above street level.

There is snow and therefore joy in the mountains, and Robert Cray will add to the good feelings Saturday at Harrah’s Tahoe (7:30 p.m.; $57; Ticketmaster);

The “Lost ‘80s Live” tour comes to Reno’s Silver Legacy Friday, Dec. 9, with a lengthy lineup of A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, Naked Eyes, Gene Loves Jezebel, Nu Shooz, Animotion, and Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow, many having drifted into foggy memory (8 p.m.; $42-$53; silverlegacy.com);

And there is only one main entertainer on schedule in Northern California casinos: the quick-witted Joel McHale Saturday at Cache Creek (7:30 p.m.; $45-$65; cachecreek.com).

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