Starry Christmas Carol to Play Chicago's Civic Opera House

By Andrew Gans
13 Oct 2009

F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Academy Award winners F. Murray Abraham and Timothy Hutton, Emmy Award winner James Garner, Tony winner Stockard Channing and Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld") and George Wendt ("Cheers") will star in a limited engagement of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in December at Chicago's Civic Opera House.

The tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the three Ghosts of Christmas will play the Chicago venue Dec. 22-27. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 16 at 10 AM.

This production of A Christmas Carol, according to press notes, "affords the audience an opportunity to see six beloved, much-admired actors on stage in a production faithful to the original 1843 novella. The dramatic arc of the story — tracing Scrooge from his happy childhood and adolescence to his embittered, miserly adulthood and the magical night that leads him to recognize the true meaning of Christmas —is one of the most satisfying in all literature. The splendor of Chicago’s Civic Opera House will be filled with a lavish production featuring beautiful, historically accurate scenery, props and costumes, eye-popping special effects and a supporting cast of twenty-eight."

F. Murray Abraham will portray Ebenezer Scrooge with Timothy Hutton as Bob Cratchit, James Garner as the narrator, Stockard Channing as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Mrs. Cratchit, Wayne Knight as the Ghost of Christmas Present and George Wendt as various characters.

The production is is produced, adapted and directed by Kevin Von Feldt. The design team includes Jeff Hill (sets); Nancy Erickson Dutmer (costumes and choreography); David Neville (lighting); and Maureen Osborne (props). Bryan Ryman is the design consultant, and Jaroslav Gebr is the scenic drop artist.

For tickets visit or call (800) 745-3000.