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A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)

A Christmas Carol (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Musical | TV Movie 28 November 2004
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Mike Ockrent (musical) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Jesse L. Martin ... Ghost of Christmas Present / Ticket Seller
Jane Krakowski ... Ghost of Christmas Past / Streetlamp Lighter
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Emily
Geraldine Chaplin ... Ghost of Christmas Future / Blind Beggarwoman
Jason Alexander ... Jacob Marley / Marley's Ghost
Brian Bedford ... Mr. Fezziwig
Claire Moore Claire Moore ... Mrs. Fezziwig
Ruthie Henshall ... Scrooge's Mother
Steven Miller ... Young Scrooge
Edward Gower ... Bob Cratchit
Jacob Collier ... Tiny Tim (as Jacob Moriarty)
Linzi Hateley ... Mrs. Cratchit
Julian Ovenden ... Fred Anderson
Julie Alannagh-Brighten Julie Alannagh-Brighten ... Sally Anderson (as Julie-Alanah Brighten)
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Storyline

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: The Musical See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening credits a top hatted urchin picks a gentleman's pocket, stealing his pocket watch. He then passes the watch off to a long coated man standing nearby. This is an obvious nod to the Artful Dodger and Fagan from Oliver Twist - also by Dickens. See more »

Goofs

As Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past float down to see the first shadows of his past, the black strip holding the harness was briefly seen. See more »

Quotes

Ghost of Christmas Past: These are the shadows of the things that have been. They are what they are, do not blame me
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Connections

Version of Scrooge (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Abundance and Charity
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Jesse L. Martin and Dancers
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Great work
10 January 2005 | by ricrupnikSee all my reviews

I have read, and I am surprised by the content and tone of a lot of commentary on the Christmas Carol Musical.

I'd like to express my opinion within the tone taught by the work of Charles Dickens. To do otherwise is just a lot of noise (bible says clanging cymbals).

I enjoyed the TV program very much. I had seen the Madison Square garden production 5 times, excepting 2001 after 9/11. I think Dickens' decision to call his sentimental romance a 'carol' makes it quite fittingly a musical. I do love the 1951 Sim version, and I watch all the others each year; I think they all have a lot to offer in painting the texture of yearly reclamation and redemption for all of us.

Complainers are correct to ask why redo this story over and over in the same way. The Musical adapts the theme and tone of Dickens' novel for today's sentiment; I hope a new crop of actors will do the same in another 20 years for best serving that generation.

As I am reading Dickens novel currently, I am aware that each of the presentations (1930's, 1950's, the various musicals) take liberties with the text of the novel. The adaptations don't bother me as I appreciate the meaning of the words "based on". In the case of the current musical i think the composers and actors have built a touching presentation which, by Dickens' standard, should depict the emptiness of greed and the fullness of caring, even in poverty. The scene near the end in the cemetery is particularly moving, when all of the children enter holding candles and are then joined by Scrooge's mother and sister. The energy of those anticipating Christmas, the energy of the dancing at Fezziwig's, and the simplicity of eager yet simpler anticipation by Crachit's family seems to me a bit more real in our time that earlier filmed versions. (I still enjoy the other versions, however).

I was sad to hear the Madison Square Garden production was to end after Christmas season, 2003, but I am happy to know I can still see this warm, enjoyable production each year to drown out the typical holiday noise and refocus on family, togetherness, and good will.

Perhaps those who only respond with harsh criticism need to reread Dicken's novel and see where his lesson has fallen on deaf ears.

just my 2 shillings :) Ric


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