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A Christmas Carol in Harlem

From 2 critic and 25 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

About the show

This timeless, seasonal story from Charles Dickens has been modernized, set in Harlem and infused with The Classical Theatre of Harlem's signature style of re-inventing classic works with an urban flair. More…

"A Christmas Carol in Harlem" places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving, and prosperous community.

1h 30m | Already closed | Aaron Davis Hall (Harlem)


80
Plays to See

"Shawn René Graham cleverly reworks the heartwarming 'A Christmas Carol,' changing almost none of the essentials but presenting a nearly-new story that is modernized, individual, and distinct to Harlem...It’s a great gift to see a classic, beloved tale done well, and an even greater one to see it transformed in a way that finds more meaning for its audience...A production that finds strength in the depth of talent that makes up the whole." Full Review

55
The New York Times

“Truth be told, this brisk, 90-minute production has yet to find its way...It has a curiously unfestive air despite some lovely interspersed a cappella carols...Graham’s script is problematic, too, whittling away at both the depth and number of characters...Feeling, unfortunately, goes by the wayside in this 'Christmas Carol'...Merchant's Scrooge doesn’t seem all that mean, but he never seems fully formed either. And if he’s merely a clown, how much can we care?" Full Review


100
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great dancing, staging, Great holiday story, refreshing

See it if If you like or love The Christmas Carol Story telled in a refreshing, lovely way. Great for all ages.

Don't see it if If you don't want a happy story or just like the classic Christmas Carol Story.

Also Great show had a lot of funny, with good acting, the dancing was excel... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you love a holiday show. If you love the original dickens. If you’re enjoying updated versions of classics. Would you like a good acting

Don't see it if If you like classic material to just be classic material. You are an actual Scrooge. You don’t like things moved from England to New York Ci

87
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Want to see the classic Christmas Carol with a modern twist to it, or simply want to start the holiday season with good feelings

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals or enjoy celebrating Christmas and good will

81
Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great dancers

See it if You want a fun Christmas show that is a little different. Includes excellent dancers, clever use of video and very entertaining ghosts!

Don't see it if You only like traditionally staged holiday productions, or can't stand to leave midtown. You'll be missing out, though.

80
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you think you would enjoy the Christmas Carol story with an African American/modern twist.

Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy the christmas carol (scrooge) story or not interested in new vesions of a classic.

80
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like new takes on old stories, especially with a socially relevant tone. Also, the choreography is FANTASTIC.

Don't see it if You are tired of the basic story of Scrooge and if you do not appreciate a new twist with a different style.

80
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like a reinvented classic; relevant, fresh and set in Harlem! It's a funny, family-friendly holiday, great for all audiences.

Don't see it if ...you want to regret not having seen it! It's really good; just see it!

78
Clever, Entertaining, Great dancing, Some humor

See it if you want to get into the holiday spirit; if you enjoy enjoy plays with a social justice message.

Don't see it if you're expecting the actual Christmas Carol - this is an updated version.

78
Clever, Delightful, Family-friendly, Relevant, Fun

See it if You're looking for a refreshing new take on a classic. You want to see an only-in-NYC interpretation of the Christmas past/present ghosts

Don't see it if A script that needs a little work will bother you. Some of the lighting and sound design made it hard to see/hear performers.

Also This is a fun, uptown Holiday event!

76
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like musicals. You like' "A Christmas Carol" moved to Harlem. You have kids. You have lived the African-American experience.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't like "A Christmas Carol." You are not interested in African-American experiences or Harlem life.

76
Clever, Delightful, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want A no thrills fun take on Scrooge's xmas story. You appreciate production with performers of all ages. You dont expect much. Fun.

Don't see it if If you want in your face fun from get go. You want high end Broadway show, you get bored easily. You think city college is far. U r scrooge

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Uneven, Whimsical

See it if You want to support The Classic Theatre of Harlem and see a delightful take on a holiday classic, with a community centered story.

Don't see it if You don't like reinterpretations of classics.

Also This production does a lovely job, truly harnessing the community & sp... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if very contemporary sketches, clever scene changes

Don't see it if quite a departure from the traditional Christmas Carol of Dickens

75
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Very cute production with good vocals. You can tell the cast is proud of what they’ve created! Fun to watch.

Don't see it if You don’t like A Christmas Carol. It’s a nice twist on the classic.

70
Morality-tale plot-faithful / slow but entertaining, Creative set & props / strong video-projections, Solid acting & vocals / good 'ography & dancing, Great music (holiday-traditional plus contemporary), Ambitious / humorous / modern / family-friendly

See it if you're ok w/yet ANOTHER "A Christmas Carol" adaptation. Harmless, innocent, not too deep, slow as molasses but funny, enjoyable family-show.

Don't see it if you expect a more solid & grander production. Show doesn't really open-up & 'begin' until Ghosts of Christmas Past & Present arrive.

Also Contemporary (non-holiday) music...... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Inoffensive, Benign, Nice dancing & singing

See it if you're a fan of the Dickens holiday classic; like to see a sweet 'urban' version that takes no risks; very "G" rated, kids will like it

Don't see it if you expect an edgier, more confrontative interpretation of the old story

Also The Classic Theater of Harlem is a great little company. Their product... Read more Read less

50
Lazy adaptation

See it if Writer made Scrooge a Harlem real RE mogul but then just dropped that theme for a straightforward copy. Boring, lost oppty to say something.

Don't see it if Kids would probably be bored.Dancers are good but choreography unimaginative.Songs all missed.No real characters to care 1 way or another ab

Also I went because I've always enjoyed Classical Theater of Harlem's work ... Read more Read less

17
Excruciating, Not in keeping with this theater company's reputation, Stiff boring rewrite

See it if You are trying to lend support to a member of the cast, crew or production team Good ghosts of Christmas past & Present offer relief

Don't see it if If you are expecting the usual quality of Classical Theatre of Harlem - this production bears no resemblance to their typical offering

Also The dancing & most of the singing is good & the venue is comfortable a... Read more Read less

87
Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want an ORIGINAL adaptation of this familiar tale. Uses the basic concept & characters but changes enough so it's not the same old story

Don't see it if you're not sympathetic to issues related to social & economic justice, gentrification, community building, etc.

Also This is a completely up-to-date version, with Scrooge a greedy landlor... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like the Harlem dance ensemble and just love Christmas remakes of classics I would love to see this become an annual event in harlem

Don't see it if You do not like a remix to a classic you do not like Christmas shows

100
During previews
Enchanting, Best christmas carol ever

See it if you want to see the best Christmas Carol I have ever seen on stage! What a treat for the whole family. The whole cast is phenomenal!!

Don't see it if you don't like Christmas or singing or dancing or happy people around you.

100
During previews
The best version of this classic

See it if Scrooge as a developer in Harlem. Addresses the eco/political inequalities with song, caroling, dance and humor. Belle is the answer, got it

Don't see it if There is no reason you should not see this, unless you liked Scrooge before he awoke that Christmas morning.

98
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You have an open mind, enjoy comedy, Christmas carols, dancing, and want to see an updated uptown Dickens for the holidays.

Don't see it if You’re a Scrooge

Also Brandon Gregory was fun and nostalgic as Christmas past, especially on... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like a christmas carol - enjoy it with a modern twist. Enjoy upbeat feel good shows.

Don't see it if you dont like christmas stories, don't like happy endings or just dont like musicals

85
During previews
Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience the Christmas Carol story in a fresh, fun, contemporary way. Great dancing, acting, music, and video projections!

Don't see it if you’re a Grinch.


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