"I am the very model of the mystic supernatural," Marley's Ghost sings, and the audience know they're in for a new Christmas Carol. A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol, to be exact.
Adapted and directed by Gayden Wren, A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol takes the tunes of Sullivan, pairs them with words by Gilbert and Wren and creates a whole new way of singing the traditional Charles Dickens Christmas tale. Nov. 30, the reimagining made its New York premiere at Off-Broadway's Jose Quintero Theatre for a run ending Dec. 16.
Gilbert and Sullivan's popular works include The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore, both of which are featured in A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol. Wren, founder of the New Punctuation Army theatre company, recently completed a book of critical analysis entitled "A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan," published by Oxford University Press in November, 2001.
A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol features Jonathan Baldwin, Hayley Chapple, Jonathan Demar, Kenneth Finegan, Kenneth W. Gartman, Hannah Hammel, Barry Kaplan, Cecily Kate, Jim Luddy, Kaia Monroe, Jermel Nakia, Matthew Nelson, Robert Charles Rhodes, Jill Skivington and Heather Thompson.
Tickets are $20. The Jose Quintero Theatre is located at 534 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (718) 777-8486. — By Christine Ehren