Much like Christmas itself, Madison Square Garden’s lavish A Christmas Carol has become a perennial event. For the seventh consecutive year, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ holiday musical will fill the Theater at Madison Square Garden, arriving Nov. 24-Dec. 31. (The Theater at Madison Square Garden is a 5,600-seat house in the greater MSG complex.)
Oddly enough, tickets go onsale Easter Sunday, April 23, at noon. For tickets $29-$65 and information call (212) 307-4111.
No word yet on who will be this year’s Ebenezer Scrooge. Past pennypinchers have included Tony Roberts (1999), Roger Daltrey (1998), Hal Linden & Roddy McDowell (1997), Tony Randall (1996), Terrence Mann (1995) and Walter Charles (1994).
Carol's authors, Menken and Ahrens, have been busy recently. Menken is helping adapt Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the stage, while Ahrens and her co-writer Flaherty (Tony-winners for Ragtime) are working on Livent's Seussical. Even busier is choreographer Susan Stroman, whose Contact and The Music Man are likely to be strong contenders come Tony-time this season. Original Carol director Mike Ockrent died earlier this year.
Designing the spectacle of A Christmas Carol are Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting), William Ivey Long (costumes), Tony Walton (sets) and Tony Meola (sound). Flying is by Foy, musical direction by Paul Gemignani, with orchestrations by Michael Starobin and Douglas Besterman. Based on Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol tells of a miserly businessman visited by three ghosts -- Past, Present and Future - on Christmas Eve.
-- By David Lefkowitz