Seattle Musical Theatre celebrates Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday with Scrooge: The Musical!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Scrooge and Tiny Tim in SMT's production of Scrooge, The Musical!
Stegar Thompson as Ebenezer Scrooge and
Kitana Tiny Tim

Seattle Musical Theatre dives into the holiday spirit early this year to celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday with their production of Scrooge: The Musical from November 16th through December 9th, including shows on Thanksgiving weekend!

Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, leaps from the pages in this melodic revamp of the yuletide classic. Scrooge: The Musical follows grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge through a revealing night of ghostly visits from his late business partner, and Christmas Past, Present and Future.  Ultimately the ghosts lead Scrooge to redemption through the rediscovery of the love, truth and happiness found in Christmas. Leslie Bricusse adapted the script in 1992 from his own celebrated film starring Albert Finney, with the festive tunes “Father Christmas” and “December the Twenty-Fifth” showcasing the songwriting prowess that earned him a Grammy and two Academy Awards throughout his career.

“What I enjoy about the transformation of the original story into this musical is that is allows us to go deeper into the feelings of the characters,” says director Steven Fogell. “The music can transport us emotionally into the heart of the story; greed, misunderstanding, redemption, and love.”

Listed in the songwriter Hall of Fame, Bricusse brings new life to this classic that has been a part of all of our holidays since we were as small as Tiny Tim.  Other Bricusse favorites include the films  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Victor/Victoria and Doctor Doolittle, all of which earned him multiple Academy Award nominations and awards.  Bricusse also received Tony Award nominations for his Broadway musicals Jekyll & Hyde, and Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.

Steven Fogell is heading the artistic team as Director and Scenic Designer. He comes to Seattle Musical Theatre after seventeen years as Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Education Director and then later Artistic Director. He has also recently taken on the position of Seattle Musical Theatre’s growing youth and adult education program as Education Director.

Tickets for Scrooge: The Musical are priced at $35-$40. Performances run from November 16th through December 9th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, and an extra show on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30pm. For tickets, call 206-363-2809 or go online 


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