Review

Derby Dinner Playhouse kicked off the holiday season last week with the lavish and thrilling Broadway version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL, which was one of the best shows I have ever seen there!

I have to be honest, when I first heard of this classic play being presented in a musical format I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  But, I was amazed.  It was a brilliant piece of work and I already want to go back to see it again!

In this spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story, Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!", Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts visit on Christmas Eve and lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with cheer before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those who mean the most to him.

The extremely talented cast include Jim Hesselman, leading the way as Ebenezer Scrooge.  I love how he portrayed him as being grumpy but not mean.  I have seen other versions of this show where I was nearly scared of Scrooge, but Hesselman brings a tender heart to his character that slowly begins to shine through mid-way through the show and for this reason it is also extremely family-friendly.

Gray Lynn, John Payonk, & Cami Glauser play the three various ghosts that visit Scrooge and I love that they were all whimsical and fun.  They helped Scrooge to see is awful ways.  J.R. Stuart, Sara King, Jillian Prefach, Brittany Cox and more recognizable Derby Dinner favorites are all in the chorus and make the show so well rounded with an array of colorful characters.

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The music and lyrics for A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL were written by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Disney's The Little MermaidLittle Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (RagtimeSeussicalOnce on This Island).  This duo breathes fantastic new life into a classic holiday tale!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with choreography by Heather Paige Folsom and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley.

Make Derby Dinner Playhouse a family tradition this holiday season with A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL!  It truly is a ust-see show for the whole family!

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL runs through December 31, 2017.  For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit derbydinner.com.  NEW YEAR’S EVE PACKAGE AVAILABLE....CALL 812-288-8281 FOR DETAILS.

 

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