Theatre Workshop of Nantucket announced today that A Christmas Carol, The Musical, music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Little Shop of Horrors) and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island) has been added to Theatre Workshop’s schedule of events. A Christmas Carol will be produced in place of the previously scheduled Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Performances will run at Bennett Hall on November 20th – December 13th as previously scheduled.
A Christmas Carol, The Musical is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' novella of the same name, considered a classic Christmas story. The creators were drawn together by the desire to make a show that could appeal to children and families to experience live theatre. As Mike Ockrent said in his original director's note, "I hope that kids and families will experience the same thrill I had all those years ago of enjoying the show and the wonderful reminder that nothing need remain the same, that within us all we have the capacity to share, communicate and love each other.
A Christmas Carol ran for eleven straight holiday seasons after its original conception in 1994. The critical response to the new adaptation was received as follows:
"A Christmas Carol is soaring, delightful musical theatre with a treasure house of beautiful, evocative music [...] every element contributes to the joy of the occasion." - Talkin' Broadway
"A tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey […] Musically speaking, Mr. Menken is an optimist, which […] makes him the right man when it comes to spreading good cheer. Ms. Ahrens keeps her lyrics simple." - The New York Times
Individual tickets must be reserved through the Theatre Workshop Box Office at theatreworkshop.com or by calling 508.288.4305 (local) or 866.811.4111 (support).
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