Christmas Comes Early as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Spirits Stages Across the States

News   Christmas Comes Early as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Spirits Stages Across the States "I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me," penned Charles Dickens in 1843. "May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it."

Little did the author know, when writing "A Christmas Carol," that the work would become a classic celebrated every year during the holiday season. Translated to the stage in numerous adaptations, the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's incredible journey on the eve of Christmas, will haunt many playhouses across the country again this year.

In New York City, the tenth and final staging of A Christmas Carol will play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 28-Dec. 27. The musical version, created and directed by the late Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You) features songs by composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime). Susan Stroman (The Producers) oversees and choreographs the production starring Jim Dale (Barnum).

Actor Bill Raymond (Wonder of the World) opens the Hartford Stage production of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas Nov. 19-Dec. 27 in Connecticut. Artistic director Michael Wilson (Enchanted April) adapted and directed the work.

Providence, Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Company is presenting Stacy Keach ("Mike Hammer") as Scrooge in artistic director Oskar Eustis and Amanda Dehnert's adaptation at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Dec. 9-27. The company will also present Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming's adaptation at its Providence home, Nov. 22-Dec. 27.

Such beloved characters as Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, the Fezziwigs and all three Ghosts of Christmas will fill several other major regional theatres as well. They include Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre, Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Washington D.C.'s Ford's Theatre, Wisconsin's Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kentucky's Actors Theatre of Louisville, Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory, Houston's Alley Theatre, Seattle's ACT Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, San Diego Repertory, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Massachusetts' North Short Music Theatre. For dates and details on productions of A Christmas Carol across the country, visit Playbill On-Line's Regional listings section or click here.