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A Christmas Carol (Broadway)

From 62 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, 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 (62)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting
87
Avg Score

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

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

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

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.

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

92
Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A beautifully staged holiday classic for the entire family. The story, cast and production values are all top notch. Don't miss it!!!

Don't see it if You don't like theatre.

95
Inspiring, Great lighting, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You have a heart. This even turned my inner Scrooge into a happy dude after a rough pre show evening. Surprising and a different version.

Don't see it if You are there only for the ghosts. This version is much more about Scrooge’s journey than most. It took a second to get past that for me.

70
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're up for another rehashing of the familiar tale. This one takes considerable liberties with the original, but to little added interest.

Don't see it if you've seen hundreds of adaptations of this tale already & don't have any interest in seeing another that adds no special approach.

88
A lovely production

See it if You want to see a simple yet elegantly designed production of a classic.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of the source material.

Also Beautiful directed, acted, and staged.

89
Delightful, A new take on a classic, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to prep yourself for the holidays. A spectacular production of a beloved tale! Unique in its telling and style! Wonderful!

Don't see it if You’re an unchanged Scrooge... :)

80
Great writing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy seeing A Christmas Carol staged as a play with music (not a musical), with many striking scenic effects.

Don't see it if you expect a meaner Scrooge before his transformation, you think the ghosts should only be played by men, or you don’t want to be snowed on.

91
Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love the story. Incredible!! Absolutely loved it. Entertaining many surprises. Fun times!! Will not disappoint

Don't see it if Annoyed by the fact that people wouldn’t stop crumpling their of cookies. Seriously?! Have you ever been to a broadway show?!!

Also No complaints about the show but this theatre seats are just way to ti... Read more Read less

64
Entertaining, Terrible adaptation, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if for the inventive staging/set design or if you’re looking for something family friendly

Don't see it if you are opposed to any dramaturgical changes (Jack Thorne has taken liberties with the Belle storyline which I personally hated)

Also I wanted so badly to enjoy this. Matthew Warchus is a wonderful direct... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if This is a beautiful work artistically masterful. See it!

Don't see it if See it.

85
Slow, Enchanting

See it if you like all incarnations of A Christmas Carol

Don't see it if Bah, Humbug

Also A play with music, alternately joyous and dark, this Christmas Carol r... Read more Read less

85
Moving, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to capture the Christmas spirit while being charmed by a moving and imaginative staging of this classic

Don't see it if your name is Ebenezer

80
Great staging, Quirky, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to see a second act that's a really fresh take on this story and so rewarding. Great live music too.

Don't see it if , even though the second act is fresh, you don't think you could sit through one more Christmas Carol.

65
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are in the mood for holiday cheer, want to see this classic revisited and updated.

Don't see it if you do not like holiday stories or prefer new shows.

Also The show utilizes actors who have disabilities to portray Tiny Tim. We... Read more Read less

90
Charming, Must see, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You like a show with joy, warmth and redemption exquisitely staged.

Don't see it if If you're a Scrooge incapable of change.

85
Refreshing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a lovely take on a Christmas classic.

Don't see it if can't afford the outrageous ticket price.

Also I liked the staging and the acting... everyone did a great job, Campbe... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You know the story. Beautifully done to reduce the dense story to its heart. The leads were wonderful. Strong musically talented ensemble.

Don't see it if Need a musical.

Also Anytime you get a chance to see LaChanze take it. The women next to me... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You are in the holiday spirit.

Don't see it if You want to see something brand new.

Also Enjoyed every second. Great performance by Scott. Great direction, and... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Great staging, Gorgeous

See it if you want to see a beautifully re-imagined version of this classic.

Don't see it if you are a purist and only want to see a classically performed Christmas Carol.

Also I sat in the middle of 40 NYC high school students, and they were abso... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the classic Christmas story adapted with a few modern twists. The concept is whimsical and tasteful.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the Dickens tale. It's similar enough to the source material.


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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