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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of those timeless stories that has been told and retold in many different ways. Scrooge! The Musical is a stage musical with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Its score and book are closely adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film "Scrooge" starring Albert Finney. Bricusse was nominated for the Academy Award for the song score he wrote for the film, and most of those songs were carried over to the musical. Some favorites include, "Happiness," "Love While You Can," " The Minister's Cat," and "Thank You Very Much".


Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL at Rivertown TheatersPhoto Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL at Rivertown Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts offers a very special production for this holiday season with the Radio City Entertainment's version of A Christmas Carol, the Musical now through December 21 on the Main Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE to Play Silver Spring Stage, 12/12-21MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE to Play Silver Spring Stage, 12/12-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Silver Spring Stage presents Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge by Christopher Durang, directed by Star Johnson and produced by Joseph Coracle, Pauline Griller-Mitchell and Star Johnson, a hilarious parody of the Christmas Carol story from the viewpoint of a stressed out Mrs. Cratchit. Christmas will never be the same! Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge will perform two weekends December 12 to December 21, 2014. (more...)

WHO KILLED SCROOGE? Comes to The Grand Chapel, 12/12-20WHO KILLED SCROOGE? Comes to The Grand Chapel, 12/12-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Could Scrooge really be dead? 'Who Killed Scrooge?' This interactive, comedy-mystery based on Charles Dickens' famous 'Christmas Carol' tells the classic tale with a twist -- or two. 'Who Killed Scrooge?' brings Tiny Tim, Bob Crachitt and the infamous penny-pincher, Scrooge, to life. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The World Premiere of CHRISTMAS BY COMMITTEE at the Garden TheatreBWW Reviews: The World Premiere of CHRISTMAS BY COMMITTEE at the Garden Theatre
by Kimberly Moy - Dec 9, 2014

The Garden Theatre hosts the world premiere of CHRISTMAS BY COMMITTEE, written by Orlando's own Rob Winn Anderson. The show features an original plot and brand new music. CHRISTMAS BY COMMITTEE is a great start to the holiday season and a wonderful way to support a growing Orlando theater community. (more...)

Cast of Players Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Perform at NYSE Tree LightingCast of Players Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Perform at NYSE Tree Lighting
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Ebenezer Scrooge (Played by Eric Fletcher) and the cast of 'A Christmas Carol' the musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell will sing in the holiday season on Wall Street at the 91st annual tree lighting at the New York Stock Exchange at 5p on Tuesday, December 09, 2014. A fitting place for Mr. Scrooge to celebrate his charitable redemption. (more...)

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Play Benedum Center, 12/29-30CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Play Benedum Center, 12/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Both performances will take place at the Benedum Center, located at 237 7th Street, downtown Pittsburgh. This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($39.75-$59.75) are available at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CATCO Reinvents Holiday Classic in A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: CATCO Reinvents Holiday Classic in A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Amanda Etchison - Dec 8, 2014

In an imaginative retelling of "A Christmas Carol," CATCO breathes new life into Charles Dickens' beloved holiday story and presents a creative reinterpretation of this classic yuletide tale. (more...)

BWW Reviews: David Mann Astonishes in freeFall Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: David Mann Astonishes in freeFall Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Peter Nason - Dec 8, 2014

David Mann is astonishing as Scrooge in this Dickens masterpiece, brought to life by the miraculous team at freeFall Theatre. (more...)

Celebrating Christmas Onstage: What's Your Favorite Show?Celebrating Christmas Onstage: What's Your Favorite Show?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 8, 2014

Inspired by all the seasonal festivities that abound, we asked people in the theater community to share their favorite things to see onstage during the run-up to Christmas… (more...)

Photo Flash: WaterTower Theatre Presents THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICALPhoto Flash: WaterTower Theatre Presents THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for the holiday musical, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical with music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso, running December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at the Addison Theatre Centre. The ensemble cast stars Amanda Passanante as Darlene Seward, Tony Daussat as Rufus Jeter, Greg Hullett as Jackson Boudreaux, Sara Shelby-Martin as Betty, Cara Serber as Linoleum, and Megan Kelly Bates as Pickles. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show below! (more...)

Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville Presents Two Christmas Shows 12/19-21Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville Presents Two Christmas Shows 12/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

The Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, NJ is thrilled to ring in the holiday season with two special productions: A Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Both shows, set to run during the weekend of Friday, December 19, Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, will be performed at the South Hunterdon Regional High School Theatre located at 301 Mount Airy-Harbourton Road in Lambertville, New Jersey. (more...)

Experience all the joy and enchantment of the holiday season with a special Christmas Movie Double FeatureExperience all the joy and enchantment of the holiday season with a special Christmas Movie Double Feature
by Contests - Broadway - Dec 5, 2014

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at Heights PlayersA CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at Heights Players
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

With many different ways to celebrate the holidays from cheerful music, beautiful dance, bright lights or brilliant displays, there is one story told year after year that never gets old and whose relevancy is stronger than ever. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Opening at the Heights Players this Friday is a new adaptation of that wonderful novel, written by Crispin Whittell for the Guthrie Theater in 2010. (more...)

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES to Air Classic Christmas Double Feature 12/7TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES to Air Classic Christmas Double Feature 12/7
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invite you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a classic Christmas double feature event. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL at Tacoma Little TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL at Tacoma Little Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the holiday classic Scrooge! THE MUSICAL. This musical, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1970 film Scrooge which starred Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jonathan Smoots, Hollis Resnik  and More in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Jonathan Smoots, Hollis Resnik and More in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Milwaukee Repertory Theater brings its uplifting production of Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol to The Pabst Theater this December. Filled with beautiful music, stunning costumes, and joyous dancing, Dickens' masterpiece celebrates its 39th year as Wisconsin's favorite family holiday tradition. Audiences will be enthralled as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge takes a fantastical journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future and is then transformed into a man of generosity and good will. Adapted by Joseph Hanreddyand Edward Morgan, Dickens' A Christmas Carol brightens the holiday season with its timeless message of hope, peace, and love, capturing the true spirit of the season. Proudly sponsored again by Wells Fargo, A Christmas Carol runs at The Pabst Theater through December 24. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Carolee Carmello to Join New York City Gay Men's Chorus for HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYSCarolee Carmello to Join New York City Gay Men's Chorus for HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Celebrate this holiday season with 250 of the most the powerful voices in New York City - the New York City Gay Men's Chorus (NYCGMC). This year's hilarious and heartwarming NYCGMC Holiday Spectacular - Home for the Holidays - tells the story of a young man's journey to The Big Apple, the family he leaves behind, the holiday characters he meets along the way and the chosen family he ultimately builds. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Walnut Street Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Walnut Street Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre for Kids' annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will bring warmth and cheer to thousands of families and students this holiday season. This hour-long musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel begins November 29th and runs through December 21st. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at North Shore Music Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at North Shore Music Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Check out photos from North Shore Music Theatre's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL which runs thru December 21 below! For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. (more...)

Garden Theatre to Host Holiday Movie Series Based on A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/9-18Garden Theatre to Host Holiday Movie Series Based on A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/9-18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

The Garden Theatre presents a Holiday Movie Series as a part of What The Dickens Orlando, a celebration of the life and times of Charles Dickens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 9 – 18, 2014 at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Actors Theatre's CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings AnewBWW Reviews: Actors Theatre's CHRISTMAS CAROL Rings Anew
by Todd Zeigler - Dec 3, 2014

Louisvillians have made "A Christmas Carol" a holiday agenda item for two reasons: its quality, and its consistency. (more...)

Perseverance Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/19-28Perseverance Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/19-28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Perseverance Theatre (PT) presents the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens' Original by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney. A holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, performs for two weeks December 19-28, with one Pay-As-You-Can preview on December 18, in the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Share Scrooge's miraculous transformation with the whole family and experience the remembrance of the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $20.25 - $49.25 and are available online at PTALASKA.ORG or by calling 907-263-ARTS. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MetroStage's A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at MetroStage's A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, returns to MetroStage for the holidays through Dec. 28 for a fifth season . It has been the holiday show for the past four seasons and has become a holiday tradition here at MetroStage. Prior to 2009, it had played to sold out houses at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, for seven consecutive years ending in 2004. (more...)

Parson's Nose to Host Annual Reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/20-21Parson's Nose to Host Annual Reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Parson's Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedic theater company, continues its 15th Season with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, opening Saturday, December 20th. Adapted by Artistic Director, Lance Davis, this 75-minute performance is presented as a part of the theater's 'Pay What You Will' Readers' Theater Series. (more...)

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Special Events at NYC Historic SitesCelebrate the Holiday Season with Special Events at NYC Historic Sites
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

New York City's Path Through History (#NYCPTH) program-a statewide initiative promoting historic and culturally significant sites-highlights an array of winter festivities that are accessible by public transportation. These places provide fascinating off-the-beaten-track experiences for visitors of all ages and complement excursions to the New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, and other museums and collections in the five boroughs. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Surflight TheatreBWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Surflight Theatre
by Michael T. Mooney - Dec 2, 2014

THE WIZARD OF OZ, a holiday classic in the making, is now delighting audiences at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven. (more...)

Scoop: Animated Holiday Specials on THE CW - Wednesday, December 24, 2014Scoop: Animated Holiday Specials on THE CW - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on Animated Holiday Specials, airing on THE CW on Wednesday, December 24, 2014! (more...)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas Surprises Shoppers with 'Jealous' Performance on FAO Schwarz PianoVIDEO: Nick Jonas Surprises Shoppers with 'Jealous' Performance on FAO Schwarz Piano
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Nick Jonas gave shoppers at New York City's famed toy store FAO Schwarz a huge surprise this week when he performed his single 'Jealous' on the store's giant floor piano keys. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This WinterLa Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment to Present SoCal Debut of BILLY ELLIOT This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present pure 'electricity' with the third show in its 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 16, 2015(with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sayle Finds New Life as Crutchie in NEWSIESBWW Interviews: Sayle Finds New Life as Crutchie in NEWSIES
by Paul Batterson - Dec 17, 2014

A couple of years after the first phase of his acting career ended, Zachary Sayle feels like he's starting over with the national tour of NEWSIES. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company - A Baltimore Version Circa 1843BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company - A Baltimore Version Circa 1843
by Charles Shubow - Dec 17, 2014

Get ready for an annual Baltimore tradition. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy CenterBWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy Center
by Greg Kerestan - Dec 17, 2014

The legendary hard rock Christmas spectacular brings two shows for the price of one, plus lasers, dragons and real fake snow. (more...)

BWW Review:  A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS CABARET SHOW! Continues at Off Center Theatre in Kansas CityBWW Review: A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS CABARET SHOW! Continues at Off Center Theatre in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Dec 16, 2014

Scrooge walking into the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center would have had the Bah Humbug chased from him with the second performance of A Spectacular Christmas Cabaret Show! Anyone entering the theater without the Christmas spirit would leave filled with joy over the gift Musical Theater Heritage is presenting to audiences this holiday season. (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- Big Screen Edition!BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- Big Screen Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 16, 2014

The holiday season is here at last, and in just weeks, the world will be spreading the yuletide cheer by decking the halls, wrapping the gifts and sipping the eggnog. There are plenty of ways to join in the spirit, but for theatre fans, there is even more to celebrate, as our favorite holiday programming and performances will be presented across all platforms this December. Whether you'd like to check out your favorite Christmas musical on stage, tune in for a festive concert on TV, or buy a movie ticket to a big holiday release, Broadway is everywhere this season... and BroadwayWorld has a complete guide of where to find it! (more...)

BWW Features: Coachella Valley Theaters Engage in End-of-Year FundraisingBWW Features: Coachella Valley Theaters Engage in End-of-Year Fundraising
by Audrey Liebross - Dec 16, 2014

December 31st is the end of the tax year for most taxpayers as well as the date on which many nonprofits close their books. Local 501(c)(3) nonprofit theaters are engaging in December fundraising to improve their bottom lines. (more...)

Parson's Nose Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL this WeekendParson's Nose Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Parson's Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedic theater company, presents their annual holiday reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, this Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st. Adapted by Artistic Director, Lance Davis, this 75-minute performance is presented as a part of the theater's 'Pay What You Will' Readers' Theater Series. (more...)

BWW Reviews: EBENEZER at Resorts Casino HotelBWW Reviews: EBENEZER at Resorts Casino Hotel
by Michael T. Mooney - Dec 16, 2014

You may wonder why the Ocean Professional Theatre Company's holiday offering EBENEZER is being presented in an Atlantic City casino showroom. This charming 350-seat theatre is one of the oldest performance spaces in Atlantic City, dating back to 1912. The Screening Room is a jewel box setting in which to present one of the holiday's most enduring classics. This sort of family-driven entertainment is exactly what Atlantic City sorely needs at the moment. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding HitBWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding Hit
by Buster Spiller - Dec 15, 2014

But even this self-professed Grinch has a soft spot so when my favorite children's Christmas tale The Little Drummer Boy comes on, I'm fixed in front of the TV like I was as a young boy and often find myself crying because the message in the story transcends a religious and biblical one; it is a story about the best in humanity. That childlike fascination and sentiment was evoked recently during Teco Theatrical Productions updated and modern version of Langstan Hughes The Black Nativity, produced annually by the company. I have seen many versions of this show, and nearly every one staged by Teco, and I can say with utter confidence this is by far the BEST Nativity I have ever witnessed. It's that good! (more...)

Randy Dixon Shows the Many Faces of Scrooge in A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/18-27Randy Dixon Shows the Many Faces of Scrooge in A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Not Your Parent's Christmas Carol A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol has become a Seattle holiday tradition since it opened in 1985 at the Old Pioneer Square Theater. Unexpected Productions' Artistic Director, Randy Dixon created the show and has played Scrooge in most of the performances. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among YouBWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among You
by Patrick Brassell - Dec 15, 2014

When you walk into the theatre, you're greeted by ticket takers, ushers, and assorted others all in Dickensian costume, all sporting English accents; a young urchin who looked to be about eight tried to sell me a raffle ticket in a voice that came right out of Oliver Twist. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Dec 13 - Part 2 - Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS, SISTER ACT, CINDERELLA and More!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Dec 13 - Part 2 - Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS, SISTER ACT, CINDERELLA and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2014

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our December 13th #SIP round-up. Yesterday's #SIP came from the casts of Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS in NYC, SISTER ACT on tour, Broadway's CINDERELLA and ON THE TOWN, plus lots of regional shows! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Mesmerizes at The AlleyBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Mesmerizes at The Alley
by Katricia Lang - Dec 13, 2014

You'll still find atmospheric Victorian sets by scenic designer Tony Straiges, Alejo Vietti's elaborate ornate costumes, and dramatic sound design by John Gromada. The plot change does not unfairly ground or overly explicate this ghost drama. That's what I'm here for. (more...)

Newnan Theatre to Stage Comedy Version of 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL', Beginning 12/16Newnan Theatre to Stage Comedy Version of 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL', Beginning 12/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

What would Christmas be without a performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Well, Newnan Theatre Company has that and more going on. Not only are they performing Newnanite Dale Lyles' A Christmas Carol: The Musical, but in their black box arena, they are also putting on a slightly different version of the perennial Christmas classic. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Rep's Glorious A CHRISTMAS CAROL Melts HeartsBWW Reviews: The Rep's Glorious A CHRISTMAS CAROL Melts Hearts
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 12, 2014

This December, Milwaukee Repertory Theater relives a 39-year old tradition in the beautiful Pabst Theater: Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. In this recent adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan, familiar English carols and melodies echo through the theater so the audience believes they might be standing on the streets of London, Christmas Eve, mid-1800's. Director Aaron Posner returns to inspire another Ebenezer Scrooge, Milwaukee's own Jonathan Smoots. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Joseph Baker - Dec 12, 2014

As my hand was turning to mincemeat while writing personal notes in Christmas card after Christmas card, I persevered, knowing that at the end of my travails there would be a reward: A much anticipated performance of Theatre Memphis' annual 'gift' to Memphis, Charles Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I must admit: I have not attended every performance of that classic since its inception. I have, however, infrequently stopped to hang my wreath at its door; and I've seen some fine 'Ebeneezers' over the years (I recall a former teaching colleague, Tom Ford, offering a tight, clipped interpretation and, of course, one of the best and most frequent of the actors donning those tattered gloves, Memphis acting favorite Barry Fuller). As I wrote card after card, I began to think about all the other interpretations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that I have encountered through the years - Seymour Hicks; Reginald Owen (in the role MGM intended for an ailing Lionel Barrymore, who had become famous for his radio performance and who would have, no doubt, been superior; a not-all-that-bad consolation prize was his equally tight-fisted 'Mr. Potter' in Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE); Orson Welles (in a Mercury Theatre radio performance); Sir Ralph Richardson (a beautiful audio recording); Alastair Sim (in the early 1950's British film and offering my favorite interpretation of the role; Danny Peary, in his fascinating ALTERNATE OSCARS, selects him as Best Actor for that performance); and, certainly, George C. Scott, in what was considered to be the version to end all versions. (And does anyone recall Jim Backus' 'Mr. Magoo' in a delightful animated musical television special back in the 1960's?) (more...)

Britain's Younger Generations Plan to Stream This ChristmasBritain's Younger Generations Plan to Stream This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Boxing Day is set to be the most popular day for festive TV viewing in the UK. This is especially true of women with over 40% intending to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV after a busy Christmas Day. Home Alone (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1990) and Elf (New Line Cinema, 2003) top the charts for most favoured films, reflecting the fact that more than half of the respondents plan to watch TV together with their partner or family. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Spooky Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Orlando ShakesBWW Reviews: A Spooky Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Orlando Shakes
by Kimberly Moy - Dec 11, 2014

It's the holiday season again and while it seems A CHRISTMAS CAROL is performed every year there are always variations that set each production apart. This year Orlando Shakes' Jim Helsinger adapted the classic Dickens tale bringing a fresh take on a well known story. (more...)

BWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Westport Community TheatreBWW Reviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Westport Community Theatre
by Cindy Cardozo - Dec 11, 2014

Westport Community Theatre's production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY is a perfect way to jump start your holiday spirit. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at St. Paul Lutheran ChurchA CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens Tonight at St. Paul Lutheran Church
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

A time hopping new take on Charles Dickens's beloved 'A Christmas Carol' will mark the first performance in the newly renovated theater space of the landmark St. Paul Lutheran Church. (more...)

Stars of MELISSA & JOEY, BABY DADDY Set for Live Twitter Chat TonightStars of MELISSA & JOEY, BABY DADDY Set for Live Twitter Chat Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

“Melissa & Joey” stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler, Christopher Rich and Trevor Donovan and “Baby Daddy” stars Melissa Peterman Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler and Tahj Mowry will be live tweeting during the East Coast feeds of their shows on Wednesday, December 10 (8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT). (more...)

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