A Christmas Carol (Broadway)
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A Christmas Carol (Broadway)
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A Christmas Carol (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(146 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
Members say
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, 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.

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Member Reviews (146)

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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! Read more

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 20th, 2019

"'A Christmas Carol' Gets a Cute Scrooge With Daddy Issues"
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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Entertainment Weekly
November 20th, 2019

Grade: B+ "A Christmas Carol on Broadway is dreary and delightful, as Dickens intended it to be:"
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Variety
November 20th, 2019

"This Brit import rewrites Dickens and gets a 'Bah Humbug!'"
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The Wall Street Journal
December 5th, 2019

"A Cold-Weather Favorite Loses Its Chills"
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The Observer
November 20th, 2019

"Playwright Jack Thorne's version of the Victorian classic comes to Broadway, doling out joy and dourness in equal measure."
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Deadline
November 20th, 2019

"‘A Christmas Carol’ Broadway Review: Campbell Scott, Andrea Martin & LaChanze Raise The Spirits In Vivid Telling"
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AM New York
November 21st, 2019

"Broadway’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is sumptuous and memorable but anti-climactic"
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NY1
November 20th, 2019

" have to commend the creative team behind this latest adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol,' because as much as we've heard Dickens' classic tale through the years, it would take a very cold heart not to feel the spirit this time around."
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Theatermania
November 20th, 2019

"A Christmas Carol Brings Artistry to Broadway's Holiday Season: Jack Thorne adapts the Charles Dickens tale for a new production at the Lyceum Theatre, starring Campbell Scott."
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BroadwayWorld
November 21st, 2019

"Jack Thorne Rewrites The Dickens Out Of 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL;"
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Lighting & Sound America
November 21st, 2019

"If, this early in the holiday season, you're already feeling up to your neck in tinsel, consider taking two hours' refuge at the Lyceum, where the Charles Dickens classic is being given a marvelously theatrical and blessedly glitz-free presentation."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 20th, 2019

"It's hard to be a cynic when you are drawn into the story of the bitter moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge, whose iced-over heart is melted through his encounters with the ghosts of past, present, and future.
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New York Stage Review
November 20th, 2019

3/5 Stars "This Dickens adaptation is a grim and cautionary character study of a mean old moneylender who is redeemed by supernatural intervention."
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New York Stage Review
November 20th, 2019

4/5 Stars "A new adaptation insists that we Scrooges mend our selfish ways, with joyful stagecraft to pull us along."
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Theater News Online
November 22nd, 2019

"The London import settles into the Lyceum Theatre through New Year’s."
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Theater News Online
November 30th, 2019

"The West End import is a hit for kids and theater buffs alike."
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Broadway News
November 20th, 2019

"An inventive ‘Christmas Carol’ tugs at the heartstrings"
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TheaterScene.net
November 26th, 2019

"Thorne is not afraid to expand, or challenge, an audience's understanding of a well-known character with new details and interpretations. More importantly, he's also pretty darn good at it, giving his psychologically grounded Scrooge dimensions."
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Front Row Center
November 24th, 2019

Score: 90% "This Christmas Carol is a select buffet of a tale. Jack Thorne has played fast and loose with the details while leaving the story itself in tact. Ebenezer Scrooge (Campbell Scott) is bordering on psychotic. The ghosts are all women. The English accents are varied or absent."
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T
December 1st, 2019

"The result is rich in morality, complex in its simplicity, and delivers an honest and realistic message bursting with emotion. The cast is remarkable, exhibiting all the skills needed to assure a beautiful holiday musical including forming an entertaining hand bell choir to delight with familiar carols."
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New York Theater
November 20th, 2019

"Charming if overlong, and extraordinarily well-designed. A bit rich to be offering a lesson against avarice and yet charge up to $179 a ticket. But there's that snow, and the warm lanterns, and those bells….and the uplifting message."
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C
November 20th, 2019

"You'd have to be in super-Grinch mode to dismiss out of hand an entertainment which begins with costumed cast members handing out clementines and cookies...and ends with a burst of snow from the ceiling and remarkable hand-bell carol performed by a truly multi-talented cast."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 26th, 2019

"Warchus makes the event as celebratory as possible, beginning with a small band on stage playing lively Christmas music as the cast…walks down the aisles with baskets. As they go, they distribute tangerines and cookies, while actors on stage throw them to outstretched arms in the auditorium."
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