Entertainment Weekly reports that the TV "Christmas Carol" will make its network premiere on NBC Nov. 28. The two-hour telecast will begin at 9 PM. As previously announced, the stellar company for the made-for-TV film includes Kelsey Grammer (Ebenezer Scrooge), Jane Krakowski (Ghost of Christmas Past), Jesse L. Martin (Ghost of Christmas Present), Jason Alexander (Jacob Marley), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Scrooge's lost love Emily), Ruthie Henshall (Mother of Young Scrooge) and Geraldine Chaplin (Ghost of Christmas Future). Arthur Allan Seidelman (Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) is directing the project with choreography by Dan Siretta.
The musicalized version of 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). The adaptation features songs by composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island). The stage production was overseen by his widow, Susan Stroman, the multi-Tony Award winner (The Producers, Contact) who also provided choreography.
After 10 years of performances, the MSG staging ended its traditional holiday run this past season.