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A Christmas Carol (Broadway)

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Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

About the show

After critically acclaimed runs at London’s Old Vic, Jack Thorne's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic comes to Broadway. Directed by Matthew Warchus ("Matilda") and starring Campbell Scott as Scrooge. More…

From the show:

The holiday masterpiece, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, comes to Broadway for 8 weeks only following critically acclaimed runs at London’s Old Vic. Two visionary talents, playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and director Matthew Warchus (Matilda), offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. Time Out raves, “Five stars. It’s a stunning piece of visual theater.”

This timeless — and timely — tale of redemption welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit. It’s “a loving, powerful adaptation” (The Stage) that features dazzling staging, moving storytelling and 12 cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Don’t miss your chance to be part of a show that’s so “joyful and heartwarming, not even Scrooge himself could dislike it!” (The Telegraph).


Member Reviews (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting
86
Avg Score

69
Gimmicky, Uneven tone, Disappointing script, Superficial, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy superficial spectacle (snow! haze! flashing lights!) and don't care abt Dicken's moving tale of redemption. Lots of mod pop psych

Don't see it if you want true message of ACC; this is updated nonsense. Strange tonal choices. Anachronisms galore ("prioritze" fr 1961). Wasted potential!

Also Some moments are lovely; some are fun. Music is beautifully used. BUT ... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You want to see how they made this show matter again! It feels fresh and important. Full of joy, sorrow, fear, love, memories and sentiment.

Don't see it if You’re a big ol’ Scrooge...though that’s the perfect reason to see this show. I dare say this production could warm the coldest heart.

Also God Bess us every one!!! (And I’m an atheist!!) LOL

80
...goes off the rails, Delightful, Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if u want to see a refreshing, elegantly staged, moving adaptation of the classic Dickens story, starring a stirring Campbell Scott as Scrooge.

Don't see it if u can't walk away & forget the needless, disruptive, chaotic, childish, 4th-wall-breaking "feast" that mars an otherwise moving production.

Also This lovely, well-paced, atmospheric, reimagined A Christmas Carol has... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Veering from ye tired olde Dickensian yule log of yore, this update is smart enough not to tamper with original themes of hearth and excess.

Don't see it if Like perennial "The Nutcracker," your nostalgic holiday spirit is to be found here (carols), with a surprising voyage into an unhappy heart.

89
Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great way to start or end Christmas season. A different twist of the classic story.

Don't see it if You want the classic, or dislike the story.

Also This was enjoyable,but different in ways that I like the original. The... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Profound, Great staging

See it if you’re looking to boost your Christmas spirit. As you’d expect, this is a heart-warming show, but with a few unexpected twists.

Don't see it if (Can’t think of anything. Even if you’ve seen this play many times, you haven’t seen this version. It’s really beautiful.)

85
Resonant, Classic, Magical, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You’re in the mood for a heartfelt classic, or you want to see a remarkable staging of a play that is hardly ever reimagined.

Don't see it if You don’t care how interesting the staging is, you still don’t care to see a rehash of the same story.

81
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would like to see a different version of Dicken's story. The first act is similar but the second act really takes off.

Don't see it if You like the traditional story or you want a musical. This is a drama with Xmas songs and bells, no original music.

Also The music though not original and the bells were well used to set the ... Read more Read less

86
Surprisingly relatable/relevant, Great adaptation writing, Well judged, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Traditional yet unexpectedly fresh. Thorne’s tempered but fitting alterations revive the essence of the story & re-personalize Scrooge.

Don't see it if you prefer a hoary, verbatim Carol; dislike Thorne’s period adaptations which tend to favor present reflection over nostalgic memorializing.

Also Not the extravagantly engineered spectacle that I anticipated, but sti... Read more Read less

90
Heart-warming, Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want a wonderful Dickens story with some changes by Thorne, an uplifting theatrical experience with some fun surprises; love bell chorus

Don't see it if you don't want changes- for instance Bella is a bit wordier and more philosophical (but I think it works well), don''t like bells

Also Loved the bells.... Read more Read less

86
Sweet, Charming, Nostalgic, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you’d like a very enjoyable adaptation of the classic holiday tale. In addition to Campbell Scott, the show boasts LaChanze & Andrea Martin.

Don't see it if you’re all Christmas’d out.

95
Heartfelt and sincere performances, Atmospheric, Beautifully-staged and creative storytelling, Emotional, Enchanting

See it if needing a dose of exquisitely-yet-simply-told stories that tug on your heartstrings and remind of the true meaning of Christmas—and life.

Don't see it if a Scrooge; you dislike classic, charmingly-done storytelling; not a fan of the Charles Dickens masterpiece; dislike changes to the original.

Also This take on A Christmas Carol is true to the heart of Charles Dickens... Read more Read less

80
Great staging

See it if Tear jerker story highlighting the perils of profits/capitalism as the only priority. Harry Potter production-level of precision staging.

Don't see it if Play with some Xmas songs, not a musical. You relate only to the profits-driven, lonely Scrooge. Dislike changes to the original story.

Also Diversity: Tiny Tim's Black with cerebral palsy in real life. 2 of the... Read more Read less

79
Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if want a family friendly theatrical version of this classic story. includes music and great singing to add to the atmosphere.

Don't see it if want the full story. went at a quick pace of just the highlights. ran off the rails in the 2nd act. should have been 90 mins with no break

80
Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Andrea Martin, LaChanze, and Campbell Scott.

Don't see it if you are a total scrooge about the holidays.

Also This new take of the holiday classic was fun, interesting, and surpris... Read more Read less

83
New elements to the classic story, Great way to get into holiday spirit, Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you want some Christmas spirit. Remains faithful to classic story, but also has some refreshing twists to keep it new and interesting

Don't see it if you are a purist to the original story and don't want to see a slightly new take on it.

Also This was a delightful production. I was hesitant to see it because I f... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you're a devotee of Christmas shows; you're looking for a solid take on a classic; your Grinchy heart needs to grow a few sizes

Don't see it if you are looking for a massive reinvention of the tale; you actively dislike gratuitous audience interaction

64
Heartwarming, Enchanting, Great staging, Cliched, Sentimental

See it if You want to have your cockles warmed by a holiday classic. Thorne has kept Dickens' best lines and wisely recast the ghosts as The Fates.

Don't see it if A new, wholly unnecessary and ill-conceived ending will intrude on your enjoyment. Your tolerance for hand bells or cheesiness is low.

91
Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you will find delight in seeing this show at its best. Campbell Scott is terrific and all do a super job complete with bell caroling.

Don't see it if You don't believe in magic!

94
Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if A wondefully uplifting XmasCarolBway with liberal doses of music, delight and joy with a surprising cast that works magic

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are in fact a Scrooge and do not want to be uplifted for the 2019 holiday season

85
Enchanting, Poor acting, Great staging, Communal

See it if you’re in the area and able to rush.

Don't see it if no reason not to.

Also in New York City, it’s extremely rare for acting to be a noticeable de... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you’d like to see a delightful version of the tale of Scrooge on a beautifully set stage.

Don't see it if you don’t like the tale of Scrooge.

90
Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

See it if best adaptation of this classic story l've ever seen. This show added a little humor & still remained faithful to the original story.Bravo!

Don't see it if You don't believe in redemption,or second chances.

Also I love the simple staging of the show. I think it help us concentrate ... Read more Read less

30
Poor writing, Disappointing

See it if You want a gorgeous set and lighting.

Don't see it if You'll be disappointed by Jack Thorne's wooden writing, leading to unmemorable performances and an uneven flow complete with weird gimmicks.

71
Depends on narration, Missing something, Largeiy classic interpretation, Delightful, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the Dickins story & value strong production quality

Don't see it if You are looking for strong emotional quality - this a very light version - not enough fear or self loathing in this Scrooge

Also The first act was technically strong but emotionally it fell flat. The... Read more Read less


November 20th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "God Rest Ye Merry, Plutocrats: This lively reimagining of Dickens’s yuletide perennial, written by Jack Thorne, returns the story’s social conscience to center stage."
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November 20th, 2019
3/5 Stars: "At the Old Vic in London...the show is staged in the round. Perhaps it is more effective in that form; at the Lyceum...the festivity has a faint sense of effort...This 'A Christmas Carol' has many lovely moments and atmosphere aplenty. What it lacks, just a little, is cheer."
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November 20th, 2019
"'A Christmas Carol' Gets a Cute Scrooge With Daddy Issues"
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November 20th, 2019
"Campbell Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne's moving adaptation of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, with Tony winners Andrea Martin and LaChanze as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present."
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