As the weather begins to turn toward a slight chill it is usually a good sign that the holidays are just around the corner. This is also an indication that the Broadway production of A Christmas Carol is drawing closer. It is, as temperatures fall and holiday decorations begin to go up, that the complete cast for the Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) stage adaptation of the Charles Dickins perennial classic has been announced.
Directed by Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), the previously announced Ebenezer Scrooge of Campbell Scott (House of Cards) will be joined by two Tony-winning performers. Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year, Pippin) will take on the role of Ghost of Christmas Past and LaChanze (The Color Purple) will bring to life the Ghost of Christmas Present and Mrs. Fezziwig. Completing the cast will be Erica Dorfler (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) as Mrs. Cratchit, Dashiell Eaves (A Time to Kill, A Behanding in Spokane) as Bob Cratchit, Hannah Elless (Bright Star, Godspell) as Jess, Brandon Gill (Holler if Ya Hear Me) as Fred, Evan Harrington (Peter and the Starcatcher, Once) as Fezziwig, Chris Hoch (War Paint, Matilda The Musical) as Father/Marley, Sarah Hunt (The Last Ship) as Belle, Matthew Labanca (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Young Frankenstein) as Nicholas, Alex Nee (Once) as Ferdy, Dan Piering (Broadway Debut) as Young Ebenezer/George, and Rachel Prather (The Band’s Visit) as Little Fan. Sebastian Ortiz and Jai Ram Srinivasan will share the role of Tiny Tim. Celia Mei Rubin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) will stand by for Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Cratchit.
A Christmas Carol tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is obsessed with greed, forgetting the spirit of the holidays and instead celebrates a world of material wealth. Three ghosts of Christmas appear to him over the span of one night, whittling away at his curmudgeonly demeanor and teaching him the meaning of the yuletide. Can such a lost man find redemption? A Christmas Carol will also feature 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”
A Christmas Carol will feature scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner Rob Howell (The Ferryman, Matilda The Musical), music and arrangements by Tony Award nominee Christopher Nightingale (Groundhog Day, Matilda The Musical), music direction by Michael Gacetta (King Kong, Groundhog Day), lighting design by Tony Award-winner Hugh Vanstone (Hillary and Clinton, Matilda The Musical), sound design by Tony Award nominee Simon Baker (Girl from the North Country, Matilda The Musical), movement by Lizzi Gee (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead) and associate direction by Thomas Caruso(Groundhog Day, Matilda The Musical) and Jamie Manton (A Christmas Carol, The Merry Widow).
Opening at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre for a strictly-limited engagement commencing November 20, 2019 (previews begin November 7), the show will play through the holidays, concluding its run on January 5, 2020.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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