Bah Humbug! F. Murray Abraham Is Scrooge in Splashy Christmas Carol, Nov. 29-Dec. 29

News   Bah Humbug! F. Murray Abraham Is Scrooge in Splashy Christmas Carol, Nov. 29-Dec. 29

F. Murray Abraham and Jimmy Walsh of A Christmas Carol.

Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham utters the traditional "Bah, humbug!" this year as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 29-Dec. 29 at the 5,000 seat house in New York City. This A Christmas Carol, based on the Charles Dickens classic, was created and directed by the late Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). His widow, Susan Stroman, the multi-Tony Award winner (The Producers, Contact) oversees the production and choreographs. The production features songs by composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island).

The cast also features Nick Corley as Bob Cratchit, Paul Kandel as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Justin Brill as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Gerry Mcintyre as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Catherine Batcheller as the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Be.

The various other roles are played by the ensemble which includes Del-Bourree Bach, Joseph Kolinski, Duane Martin Foster, David Lowenstein, Wayne Schroder, Kenneth McMullen, Kevin Carillo, Jonathan Demar, Vachelle Gil, Carly Seyler, Whitney Webster, Anthony Colangelo, Sky Jarrett, Gerry McIntyre, Justin Thomas Riordan, Jimmy Walsh, Joan Barber, John Sloman, Karen Murphy, Matt Baker, Seth Belliston, Ryan Patrick Binder, David Rosales, Jared Goldstein, Michael A. Mags, Madeleine Martin, Jewel Restaneo, Ashton Byrum, Daniel Cochran, Candy Cook, Nikki Della Penta, Kelly Ellenwood, Juliet Fischer, Laura Haney, La Tanya Hall, Kristin Huxhold, Carrie Kenneally, Gelan Lambert Jr., Patrick Mullaney, Adam Pelty, Gail Pennington, Tara Radcliffe, Louise Ruck, Roland Rusinek, Vikki Schnurr, Debra Denys Smith, Jane Brockman, Kelly Crandall, Jeffrey Hankinson, Ann Kittredge, Cynthia Thole, Matthew Vargo, Craig Waletzko, Jeff Williams as well as the Elizabeth Blackwell M.S.120 Show Choir, La Petite Musicale, the South Side Middle School Chorale and the Terrill Middle School Broadway Chorus.

Abraham, who earned his Oscar in the movie version of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" as composer Antonio Salieri, is expected to be seen in the play, Paper Doll in 2003. His other stage credits include Triumph of Love, A Month in the Country, Angels in America, King Lear and The Fantasticks.

The creative team includes scenic designer Tony Walton (I'm Not Rappaport, Guys and Dolls), costume designer William Ivey Long (Hairspray, The Producers) and the lighting design team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk).

It takes 48 trucks to store and move the scenery — which span 1,100 linear feet for each of the show's 15 scenes. The set includes 68 street lamps, 305 windows and 52 doors. There are 600 stationary lights and 100 moving lights. The snow featured in the final scene is made of a foam/soap, which evaporates once it hits the ground. There are 88 wigs, 500 costumes and a total of 270 pairs of shoes are worn during the run.

Past Christmas misers have included Tim Curry (2001), Frank Langella (2000), Tony Roberts (1999), Roger Daltrey (1998), Hal Linden & Roddy McDowall (1997), Tony Randall (1996), Terrence Mann (1995) and Walter Charles (1994).

For tickets ($29-$79) and information on A Christmas Carol at the Theater at MSG, call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171. For more information, visit www.thegarden.com.

— by Ernio Hernandez