Larry Yando to Star in Goodman Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Cast Announced!
The most wonderful time of the year is underway as rehearsals begin this week for Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, "a joyous present for the entire family" (Chicago Sun-Times), in its 36th annual production. Directing the holiday favorite for the first time, Henry Wishcamper's production features all-new on stage magic-set elements, special effects and more. The cast of 27 (below, includes 14 new and 13 returning cast members) stars Larry Yando, who most recently appeared in Mary Zimmerman's production of The Jungle Book as Shere Khan, in his sixth turn as Ebenezer Scrooge and 8-year-old Matthew Abraham as Tiny Tim for the second year. A Christmas Carol runs November 16 - December 28 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre.
Tickets ($25 - $83; subject to change) are available online at GoodmanTheatre.org/Joy, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). In addition, tickets to the November 26 and 27 performances are available for $36. BMO Harris Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor, PepsiCo is the Official Beverage Sponsor and Aon and KPMG are the Corporate Sponsor Partners.
"I am honored and excited to direct this beautiful, incredibly moving show with a long history as a centerpiece of Chicago's holiday celebrations; it's an amazing feeling to join that tradition," said director and Goodman Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper. "I'm thrilled that Larry returns with his complex, hilarious, deeply-felt performance as Scrooge. We have a great cast of newcomers and Chicago favorites joining him."
Longtime Executive Director Roche Schulfer established A Christmas Carol as an annuAl Goodman holiday offering in 1977/1978-a time when only a handful of U.S. theaters mounted the production. Thirty-six years, 31 Tiny Tims and 20,000 "Bah, Humbug!"s later, 1.2 million theatergoers have experienced A Christmas Carol, which has also served as an entry point to theater for generations of Chicagoans. Stage and screen notables including Del Close, Harry J. Lennix, Felicia P. Fields, Raul Esparza, Sally Murphy and Frank Galati have appeared in the show over the years.
"It was impossible to imagine what a wide-reaching impact A Christmas Carol could have on the Chicago community," said Schulfer, who marks 40 years at the Goodman this season. "Thousands of families make it an annual tradition; those who attended in their youth are now introducing it to their children and grandchildren. Henry's production will feature many familiar delights that our audiences have come to count on, along with some surprises."
Wishcamper becomes the 10th director to helm the production over three decades. Previous directors include Tony Mockus (1978-1983); Gregory Mosher (1984); Sandra Grand (1985, 1986); Michael Maggio (1987, 1988); Steve Scott (1989-1992 and 2011, 2012); Chuck Smith (1993-1995); Henry Godinez (1996-2001); Kate Buckley (2002- 2005); and William Brown (2006-2010). Yando is the production's eighth Ebenezer Scrooge, a role previously played by veteran Chicago actors William J. Norris (1977-1983 and 1985-1990); Frank Galati (1984); Tom Mula (1991- 1997); Rick Snyder (1998- 2001); William Brown (2002-2005); Jonathan Weir (2006); and John Judd (2007).