Broadway's Barnum Belts "Bah Humbug" as 10th and Final Scrooge in New York

News   Broadway's Barnum Belts "Bah Humbug" as 10th and Final Scrooge in New York Barnum Tony Award winner Jim Dale will utter the traditional "Bah, humbug!" this year as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 28-Dec. 27 — the final staging of the annual show 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 musicalized adaptation features songs by composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island).

Of its closing, a spokesperson said the producers wanted to end the tradition on a high note.

Dale created the title role in Barnum earning him the 1980 Tony Award. He also earned nominations for his turns in Joe Egg and Candide. Other credits include Scapino, Me and My Girl and most recently Comedians. Dale is also "The Voice of Harry Potter," as he provided voice for the audio recordings of all five "Harry Potter" books—which earned him a 2001 Grammy Award for "Best Children's Audio Book" and a Guinness World Record having created and recorded 134 voices for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

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).

Past Christmas misers have included F. Murray Abraham (2002), 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 ($35-$79) and information on A Christmas Carol at the Theater at MSG, call(212) 307-1000. For more information, visit www.thegarden.com.

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