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A Christmas Carol Summary
- Show Status: Opening Soon
- Genre: Holiday Show
- A Christmas Carol is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Begin: November 8, 2022
- Show Opens: November 21, 2022
- Show Closes: January 1, 2023
Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novella, about a elderly miser who regains his holiday spirit after being visited by ghosts. All roles are performed by just one actor, Jefferson Mays.
A Christmas Carol on Broadway Background
Adapted From The Charles Dickens Novel
A Christmas Carol is a Broadway musical based off of Charles Dickens’ 1843 holiday-themed novella of the same name. Dickens’ novella was met with such strong commercial success upon its initial release that the book’s first edition was sold out within a week of hitting shelves. By the end of the following year, 13 more editions were published to keep up with the book’s high demand. The story was adapted to the theatrical stage almost immediately and only a few months after its initial release, eight competing productions of A Christmas Carol were playing across London.
Jefferson Mays One-Man-Show Plays All 50 Roles
In this version of the Charles Dickens classic – adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons and director Michael Arden – Mays plays more than 50 roles, from Ebenezer Scrooge to a potato. The play was conceived by Arden and Dane Laffrey, and was staged in a critically lauded world premiere production in 2018 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. A special filmed version was made available during the winter of 2020, at the height of the Covid pandemic, to raise money for 84 partner theaters across the country.
Previous Iterations of the Show on Broadway
The show has previously been on Broadway when It was performed as an annual holiday show at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden from 1994 until 2003, with one year when it was performed at the Marquis Theatre with Patrick Stewart taking the lead role.
The 2019 Broadway limited engagement is written by Tony Award winning playwright, Jack Thorne, who is best known for his work on the 2018 “Best Play” Tony Award winner, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Christmas Carol also features the creative input of Tony Award winning director Matthew Warchus, who has worked on such previous Broadway productions as 2013’s Matilda and the 2009 Tony Award winner for “Best Play” God of Carnage.
This New Show Was Cancelled in 2021
Although this show was originally announced as coming to the Lyceum Theatre on 11/5/2021, the show did not appear on Broadway due to licensing issues.
What’s A Christmas Carol Like?
The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting and hope-filled vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden
A Christmas Carol opens on a cold Christmas Eve in London, as Ebenezer Scrooge, an old, self-centered businessman declines a Christmas dinner invitation from his nephew and turns away people seeking holiday donations for the poor.
Later that night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner Jacob Marley, who lived a similar lifestyle of greed and is paying for it in the afterlife. Marley warns Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits and must heed their warnings or he will be cursed with a similar fate.
Breaking Down The Spirits
The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, appears and shows Scrooge flashbacks of his innocent childhood, and how his obsession with money drove away his beloved fiancee Belle. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the dinner party that he refused to attend, where he is introduced to Tiny Tim, a cheerful young boy that is terminally ill and will die without the proper support.
The Final Spirit
The final spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge his future, where the only emotion felt by his death is happiness that he is now gone. In contrast, Scrooge is shown Tiny Tim’s funeral, where he finds everyone mourning the child’s death. With the insights gained by the ghosts, Scrooge vows to change and become a more kind and compassionate person.
Is A Christmas Carol Good for Kids?
This show is suitable for children of all ages, as it is based on one of the most popular children's stories of all time.
New York, NY 10019
- Ebenezer Scrooge
- Jefferson Mays
- Casting Director
- Jim Carnahan Casting
- Press Agent
- Rubenstein Communications
- Jack Thorne
- Matthew Warchus
- Settings & Costumes
- Rob Howell
- Hugh Vanstone
- Simon Baker
- Original Music
- Christopher Nightingale