Officially open at the Nederlander Theatre November 21, A Christmas Carol stars Jefferson Mays (The Music Man, Oslo) playing a host of characters from the Charles Dickens story. Critics are releasing their reviews for the holiday classic which began previews November 8 for a limited engagement through January 1, 2023.
God bless us, everyone! Mays collaborated with Susan Lyons and Michael Arden on the solo version of the holiday tale. Arden directs the Broadway run, and originally conceived the piece with Tony-nominated designer Dane Laffrey. Telling the uplifting tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's change of heart after visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, Mays acts out the story in a play that returns to having a single storyteller.
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Mays has previously taken on a similar challenge in Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife—Mays played over 40 characters, earning a Best Actor Tony Award in 2004 for the performance—as well as A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
The creative team features lighting designer Ben Stanton, projection designer Lucy Mackinnon, sound designer Joshua D. Reid, hair and makeup designer Cookie Jordan, puppet designer John Kristiansen, casting director Stephen Kopel, and associate director and production stage manager Justin Scribner.
A Christmas Carol made its world premiere in 2018 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. In winter 2020, a film version, produced by Hunter Arnold, was released to benefit partner theatres during the height of the pandemic shutdown.