2003-11-27 / Arts & Entertainment

"A Christmas Carol: The Musical" Opens Tomorrow

"A Christmas Carol: The Musical" Opens Tomorrow

"A Christmas Carol: The Musical" Opens Tomorrow

Jim Dale (right)  stars as Scrooge in the musical version of “A Christmas Carol.”   		           	                     ©Radio City Music ProductionsJim Dale (right)  stars as Scrooge in the musical version of “A Christmas Carol.” ©Radio City Music Productions

Tony and Grammy Award winner Jim Dale will star as the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge in the tenth and final season of Radio City Entertainment’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The announcement was made recently by Howard Kolins, Senior Vice President, Radio City En-tertainment and Executive Producer of A Christmas Carol. The musical production based on the beloved holiday tale by Charles Dickens, opens tomorrow and runs through December 27.

In the past, the role of Scrooge has been played by F. Murray Abraham (2002), Tim Curry (2001), Frank Langella (2000), Tony Roberts (‘99), Roger Daltrey (‘98), Hal Linden and Roddy McDowell (‘97), Tony Randall (‘96), Terrence Mann (‘95) and Walter Charles (‘94).

In November of 1994, director, Mike Ockrent and his wife and choreographer, Susan Stroman, brought to life the classic Dickens’ holiday story in a way no one had ever imagined. Together with the powerhouse creative team of Alan Menken, Lynn Aherns, Tony Walton, William Ivey Long, Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, the musical production captivated and delighted audiences. Ten "Scrooges" and years later, A Christmas Carol is still embracing audiences and bringing families together. Susan Stroman returns to oversee the production and continue in her role as choreographer for the tenth anniversary season.

In addition to the tenth anniversary of A Christmas Carol: The Musical, 2003 also marks the 160th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ original manuscript. Written and published in 1843, the story of A Christmas Carol rejuvenated England with the spirit of Christmas. Over the years, Dickens’ name had become so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a little girl asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?"

A Christmas Carol brings to life the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a 90-minute musical production. The Theater at Madi-son Square Garden is transformed into Dicken-sian London, with audiences virtually surrounded by 350 feet of scenery - the largest theatrical set ever in New York City. Nearly two million people have enjoyed A Christmas Carol, making it one the most beloved holiday traditions in New York City.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol: The Musical are available through Ticketmaster phones 212-307-1000, outlets and website (www.ticketmaster.com), as well as the Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall box office and website (www.radiocity.com). Tickets are priced at $35 - $79, with VIP seating available. Special group prices are also available on groups of 20 or more by calling 212/465-6080.

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