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A Broadway Christmas Carol

a Holiday Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Kathy Feininger

COMPANY : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4529

SHOWING : December 05, 2013 - December 22, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

America’s funniest holiday show is back! "A Broadway Christmas Carol" is returning to the ART Station stage after a five year hibernation. A good rest refreshes everything, so expect a jazzed up Christmas Classic that’s never been funnier. This family favorite, based on Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge is mixed with hilarious song parodies of your favorite Broadway show tunes. New surprises in this year’s production make this a don’t-miss holiday treat!


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Doug Graham
Cast Theo Harness
Cast Keena Redding-Hunt
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Ebenezer, OK!
by playgoer
Sunday, December 22, 2013
3.0
After a five-year hiatus, ART Station has brought back "A Broadway Christmas Carol," revamped and renewed to reflect a new set of Broadway song parodies. A new cast has come along with this retread. Is it entertaining? Yes. Is it good? No. The cast members are energetic and the script is slick and cheerful, but the cast members don’t have particularly pleasant voices, and the script is often lame, with the parody lyrics apt, but not adept.

Michael Hidalgo’s set and lighting design work, but they’re not terribly impressive. The set contains a platform with four steps in front and on either side, with music director Patrick Hutchison and keyboardist Dik Holland behind. Columns, a few broken and all with painted cracks, surround the platform. Elizabeth Vitale’s props are extensive and impressive.

Director David Thomas’ blocking uses the stage well and provides good sightlines throughout, even for those at extreme audience left or right. Karen Beyer’s choreography blends in seamlessly with the blocking, never taxing the capabilities of the cast. The show moves right along, so it never becomes tiresome.

Theo Harness portrays Ebenezer Scrooge with a grumpiness that we see right through. His final conversion isn’t so much a conversion as removal of a miserly veneer to let his natural sunniness shine through. Doug Graham and Keena Redding-Hunt portray all the other characters in Dickens’ story, covering Jeanne Fore’s Victorian base costumes with all sorts of accessories to portray various characters. Both nicely delineate their characters, and Ms. Redding-Hunt has a number of strong soprano notes in her voice.

Almost every moment of the story is accompanied by a Broadway tune, many of which are likely to be unfamiliar except to Broadway aficionados. Some are mere snippets (or just the intro in the case of "A Cockeyed Optimist"), but the origin of all the major numbers is clearly listed in the program. Still, the quality of the voices of the cast isn’t sufficient to make the numbers pleasant to listen to in their own right. Without a detailed knowledge of Broadway show tunes, a person’s enjoyment of the show might suffer.

"A Christmas Carol" has been given numerous adaptations over the years. "A Broadway Christmas Carol" is just another one of them. Like most, it takes the familiar parts of the story and dramatizes them, adding a comic spin and, in this case, tune upon tune, ending with a parody of the title tune from "Oklahoma." There’s a lot of humor in watching two actors portray all the secondary characters in the story, but not a lot of substance. This is fun and frothy, nothing more, and the audience seems to eat it up.
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