"Tugs at all the right heartstrings"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission

Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, Chicago's favorite holiday tradition, celebrates its 40th anniversary!

Share the joy and holiday magic as Goodman Theatre celebrates 40 years of A Christmas Carol in Chicago! This heartwarming tradition dazzles with glorious music and spectacular stagecraft — enchanting audiences with Scrooge’s discovery of kindness and compassion. After four decades and 1.5 million visitors, A Christmas Carol remains “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald) and “the best show to get at the true meaning of Christmas” (The Daily Southtown).

 

 

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Artists

By CHARLES DICKENS, Directed by HENRY WISHCAMPER

Cast

JUSTIN AMOLSCH - Musician
BREON ARZELL - Dick Wilkins
KAREEM BANDEALY - Narrator, Young Scrooge, Scrooge Alternate
MOLLY BRENNAN - Ghost of Christmas Past
ARIANA BURKS - Martha Cratchit, Fan
ALI BURCH - Frida
MAGGIE CHONG - Emily Cratchit
ANDREW COIL - Musician, Fiddler
ANDREA CRISP - Belinda  Crachit
LISA GAYE DIXON - Ghost of Christmas Present
JOE FOUST - Marley, Young Marley, Old Joe
MEIGHAN GERACHIS - Schoolteacher, Charwoman
CAMERON GOODE - Boy Scrooge, Percy
GREGORY HIRTE - Musician, Fiddler
J. SALOME MARTINEZ - Abe, Mr. Ortle
RON E. RAINS - Bob Cratchit
KEI - Turkey Boy
SADIEH RIFAI - Belle
MALCOLM RUHL - Music Director, Accordion
AARON STONE - Peter Cratchit
PARIS STRICKLAND - Tiny Tim
MICHELE VAZQUEZ - Mrs. Cratchit
PENELOPE WALKER - Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Crumb
JONAH D. WINSTON - Mr. Fezziwig
LARRY YANDO - Ebenezer Scrooge

Creative Team and Crew

TODD ROSENTHAL - Scenic Design
HEIDI SUE MCMATH - Costume Design
KEITH PARHAM - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY - Sound Design
ANDREW HANSEN - Composer
TOMMY RAPLEY - Choreographer
EVA BRENEMAN - Dialect Coach
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ERICA SARTINI-COMBS - Casting
ALDEN VASQUEZ - Production Stage Manager
JONATHAN NOOK- Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • "Never fails to touch one's soul"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Full of humor and wonder and joy"

    - Daily Herald

  • "A magical night of holiday theater"

    - Chicago Parent

  • "Sheer Christmas joy for the soul"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • "Leav[es] us utterly besotted with holiday spirit"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "As jolly as ever"

    - TheaterMania

  • "A constant holiday treat that expects new pleasures and twists each passing year"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "A moving and emotionally resonant piece of homegrown Chicago theater"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Surprisingly fresh—and more than a little relevant—each time it's experienced"

    - Chicago Parent

  • "A timeless tale that will enchant even the most jaded theatergoers"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • "Overwhelm[s] our senses with amazing sets, gorgeous costumes, and eye-popping lighting effects"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "One of Chicago's treasured Christmas traditions"

    - TheaterMania 

  • "Like a favorite recipe to return to every holiday season, this Carol changes somewhat in each iteration, but it always satisfies"

    - TheaterMania

  • "The tale is still timeless, the morals still honest and the production still witty and sharp"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "An integral part of Chicago Christmas"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Bring the whole family"

    - Chicago Parent

  • "The Goodman pulls out all the stops for its annual spectacle-filled production"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "It's always worth another visit. The Goodman has done it again, reminding us why we can't stay away from A Christmas Carol"

    - TheaterMania

  • "A reminder of how much depth and complexity the story has"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Thrived all these years by capturing our hearts"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol never disappoints"

    - Chicago Parent

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