A Christmas Carol: The Concert re-airs in December 2015.

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Charles Dickens' classic tale set to music and staged for television.

About the Program

Premiered: December 14, 2013

A Christmas Carol: The Concert is a unique musical event — Charles Dickens' popular 1843 novella has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for an audience in a concert setting.

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The score, composed by Bob Christianson, recalls Broadway classics such as Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. It includes musical styles that range from classical to Broadway to blues and gospel. The story, faithfully adapted by Alisa Hauser (who also wrote the lyrics), 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, which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told as never before.

The special, taped in May 2013 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois. The orchestra is under the direction of Amy Duran.


A Christmas Carol: The Concert was produced for stage by
Bob Christianson and Scott Silberstein and for television by
Scott Silberstein. The Executive Producer is Bob Christianson.


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Presented nationally by: WTTW National Productions

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