Ebenezer is back and on Broadway!
Before you go bah humbug–ing over the news (we can already hear a chorus of “I’ve seen that movie, watched the show, and read the book a million times”), let’s set one thing straight: This version is unlike any you’ve seen before.
The newest interpretation arrives in the States after a wildly successful run on London’s West End, an achievement that’s largely due to the brilliant adaptation by Tony Award–winning playwright Jack Thorne. Thorne moved on from the magic of Hogwarts to the magic of the holidays, re-creating Charles Dickens’s beloved novella into an immersive experience bursting with visually captivating details that aims to transport audiences to the snowy streets of Victorian-era London.
We asked Rachel Prather, who joins the production as Scrooge’s sister, Little Fan, about what we can look forward to seeing: “Viewers will recognize the traditional story, but will definitely be surprised by a few twists and turns along the way. We use a whole lot of theater magic. The first time we ran the scenes with technical elements, I teared up!”
But even the best-told stories need the best tellers, an area where this show should shine. In addition to Prather, House of Cards alum Campbell Scott leaves the cold world of politics behind to take up the mantle as the lead miser who finds his heart. He’s joined by Broadway royalty—both of whom Prather praises as “incredibly captivating on stage”—Andrea Martin and LaChanze (yep, also Tony winners!). Get those pipes ready for 12 heartwarming Christmas carols you’ll want to sing along with.
A Christmas Carol
149 West 45th Street (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue), Times Square
Through Sunday, January 5, 2020