Opening next month comes the first taste of the holiday season with Seattle Musical Theatre’s production of “Scrooge: The Musical,” a melodic revamp of Dickens’ yuletide classic. This delightful musical by Academy Award-winning and Tony-nominated composer Leslie Bricusse is a fun alternative (or addition) to the standard “Christmas Carol” fare, and is perfectly timed with Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday to boot.
“Scrooge: The Musical” follows grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge through a revealing night of ghostly visits from his late business partner and of course Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The holiday haunters lead Scrooge to redemption through the rediscovery of the love, truth, and happiness found in Christmas.
“What I enjoy about the transformation of the original story into this musical is that is allows us to go deeper into the feelings of the characters,” says director Steven Fogell. “The music can transport us emotionally into the heart of the story; greed, misunderstanding, redemption, and love.”
Leslie Bricusse adapted the script in 1992 from his own celebrated film starring Albert Finney, with the festive tunes “Father Christmas” and “December the Twenty-Fifth” showcasing the songwriting prowess that earned him a Grammy and two Academy Awards He has written songs for blockbuster films such as “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Victor/Victoria,” “Hook,” and “Doctor Doolittle.” Bricusse also received Tony Award nominations for his Broadway musicals “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.”
“Scrooge: The Musical” stars returning Seattle Musical Theatre actor Stegar Thompson as “Ebenezer Scrooge,” last seen at SMT as “Professor Callahan” in this year’s season-opening hit “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” and in 2011 as the “Narrator” in “Into the Woods.” Thomspson will be joined on stage by Peter Nolte (Bob Cratchit), Amy Adair (Mrs. Cratchit), Jesse David Dickerson (Tom Jenkins), Dave Holden (Marley), Eric Hartley (Fezziwig), Loretta Deranleau Howard (Mrs. Fezziwig), Brendan Rosell (Young Ebenezer), McKenna Turner (Isabel), Kate Sumpter (Christmas Past), and Rebecca Maiten (Christmas Present). Leading the children in the cast as “Tiny Tim” will be Kitana Turnbull.
Rounding out the ensemble of “Scrooge: The Musical” are Adrian Cerrato, Carli Santorsola, DeSean Halley, Elizabeth Grant, Ellie Rice, Gina Russell, Heidi Bove, Jonah Beres, Lauren Stone, Lexine Forsyth, Michelle Abad, Nick Fuchs, Rachel Brinn, Raphael Zimmerman, and Tristan Carruthers.
Steven Fogell is heading the artistic team as Director and Scenic Designer. He comes to Seattle Musical Theatre after seventeen years as Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Education Director and then later Artistic Director. He has also recently taken on the position of Seattle Musical Theatre’s growing youth and adult education program as Education Director.
Additional artistic team members are Josh Anderson (Music Director), Joanna Hardie (Choreographer), Dodirose Zooropa (Costume Designer), Kevin Heard (Sound Designer), Becca Hines (Properties Coordinator) and Richard Schaefer (Lighting Designer)
Seattle Musical Theatre
“Scrooge: The Musical”
November 16th through December 9th
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, and an extra show on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30pm
Magnuson Park (7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle)
For tickets, please call (206) 363-2809 or visit www.SeattleMusicalTheatre.org.