The Enduring Magnificence of A Christmas Carol
The heartwarming holiday jewel continues to be a must-see as one of Chicago's most-beloved treasures
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Since its first production at the Goodman, more than 1.5 million have witnessed the fascination of A Christmas Carol, which resulted as a way to get people into the theater during the holiday season. Executive Director Roche Schulfer introduced A Christmas Carol as an annual Goodman holiday at a time when only a few of the nation’s theaters presented the production. “It was impossible to imagine what a wide-reaching impact A Christmas Carol could have on the Chicago community,” Schulfer said. “Thousands of families make it an annual tradition. Those who attended in their youth are now introducing it to their children and grandchildren. [Director] Henry’s [Wishcamper] production features many familiar delights that our audiences have come to count on, along with some surprises.”
Thanks to those surprises and a timeless tale that doesn’t appear to lose its appeal, this beloved holiday tradition continues to deliver an amazing story that’s more delightful than ever.
Jeff Award-winner Larry Yando reprises his role as the irascible, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.
CHRISTMAS just isn’t Christmas without the holiday magic of A Christmas Carol, and the Goodman Theatre’s new, updated production is just as engaging, enchanting and entertaining as it was during the show’s Goodman premiere as part of the 1977/78 season.
One of the most significant indicators that the Christmas season really has begun is the annual return of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. For many families, the spellbinding story of hope and redemption is the catalyst for getting into the holiday spirit and is as much a part of the celebration as Santa Claus, presents and good cheer.
Described by many as “Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition,” A Christmas Carol, running through December 29, features touching musical numbers, vibrant costumes, spectacular technical effects and some enduring charm for the young and the young at heart.
The captivating story highlights the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s eye-opening journey to redemption and forgiveness, a journey led by four ghosts who take the greedy Scrooge on an amazing Christmas Eve adventure through his past, present and future to help him discover the joys of love, friendship and concern for those who are less fortunate.
Chicago’s quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge, Larry Yando, is back as the heartless businessman who has disdain for the holidays and those who celebrate the season. Yando, a multiple Joseph Jefferson Award-winner, leads a cast that includes the return of the adorable Paris Strickland as the first female Tiny Tim.
Jasmine Bracey (left, as the Ghost of Christmas Present) shows Scrooge what life is like at the home of his assistant Bob Cratchit. Below, Paris Strickland takes center stage as the first female Tiny Tim.
“For all of us at the Goodman, A Christmas Carol is much more than holiday entertainment or a diversion. In fact, we believe that Charles Dickens’ story promotes values that are universal––compassion, understanding, love, empathy, forgiveness and redemption."
Executive Director of the Goodman Theatre
Photographs by Liz Lauren
NOTE: The Goodman Theatre will offer a Spanish-captioned performance on December 28 at 8 p.m. with Spanish supertitles. For more information and tickets to A Christmas Carol, go to www.goodmantheatre.org.