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A Christmas Carol: The Concert

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A Christmas Carol: The Concert Preview Charles Dickens’ c tale set to music and staged for television.

Watch Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4pm on WMHT TV.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE CONCERT is a unique musical event — the first time Charles Dickens’ popular 1843 novel has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting.  This 90-minute television special was produced by HMS Media, and is presented nationally by WTTW National Productions, Chicago.  Executive Producer is Bob Christianson.

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 Broadway's Alisa Hauser, 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, airs nationally on PBS stations beginning December 14, 2013 (check local listings).  Producer is Scott Silberstein.  Director/Editor is Matt Hoffman.  Produced for the stage by Bob Christianson and Scott Silberstein, and directed for the stage by David Kersnar.  The orchestra is under the direction of Amy Duran.