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A Christmas Carol 2018
The Goodman Theatre's yearly production of the Dickens classic is back with new magic and new performers
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  ONE of the most significant indicators that the Christmas season really has begun is the annual return of the Goodman Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For many families, the timeless tale 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 30, features touching musical numbers, vibrant costumes and some holiday magic 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 favorite holiday tradition, now in its 41st amazing year at the Goodman Theatre, continues to be a central part of "the most wonderful time of the year."
   Chicago’s quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge, Larry Yando, returns for his 11th entertaining appearance as the heartless businessman who has disdain for the holidays and those who celebrate the season. Yando, a four-time Joseph Jefferson Award-winner, leads a cast of 26 actors, which includes the return of the adorable, 11-year-old fifth-grader Paris Strickland as the first female Tiny Tim. 
   Since its first production at the Goodman in 1978, more than 1.5 million have witnessed the magic of A Christmas Carol, which resulted as a way to get people into the theater during the holiday season. “I think the core of the success is the fact that we never, ever take it for granted,” says Roche Schulfer, executive director of the Goodman. “Every element each year is looked at very closely and looked at from the standpoint of not only how can we maintain what’s there but how can we make it better and enhance it for our audiences. The show has grown and the physical production, but we try to retain the magic that we had when we first did it.”
   After 41 memorable years at the Goodman, Dickens’ holiday classic, directed for the sixth time by Henry Wishcamper, remains one of the best signs that we’ve officially kicked off “the most wonderful time of the year.”
––Walter Leavy
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The inimitable Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge.