Charles Dickens' Classic Christmas Carol Set to Music
A Christmas Carol: The Concert is a unique musical event — the first time Charles Dickens’ popular 1843 novel has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. The 90-minute television special will premiere on KUED Monday, December 23 at 9:00 p.m.
The score, composed by Bob Christianson, recalls Broadway classics such as Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Filled with memorable, haunting, and rousing songs, the concert includes musical styles that range from classical to Broadway to blues and gospel. The story, faithfully adapted by Broadway's Alisa Hauser, is performed by leading lights from the Chicago and New York theater world, including Michael Aaron Lindner (Ebenezer Scrooge), E. Faye Butler (Narrator), Scott Coulter (Fred/Bob Cratchit), Kyle Scatliffe (Marley/The Ghosts), and Arya Daire (Belle).
A Christmas Carol: The Concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told as never before.The special was taped in May 2013 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois, .