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A Christmas Carol

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life in an enchanting 35th anniversary production that promises more magic and merriment than ever before. Join us as we celebrate three and a half decades of the beloved holiday tradition, and experience the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers, the "Bah Humbugs" and Scrooge's joyful discovery of life and love.

Thru - Dec 29, 2012



Price: $25-$82

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 2hrs, 15mins; one intermission

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  A Christmas Carol Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Steve Scott's big-hearted direction and the indelible performance of Larry Yando as Scrooge have, in my view, provided fresh riches to unwrap in this year's production. Though Tom Creamer's adaptation remains untouched as far as I could tell, there were many moments where I felt that I was really hearing the story for the first time. One can only imagine how delightful the show is for those who really are hearing it for the first time."
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Kerry Reid


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"Glorious." Yes, taken directly from the mouth of the reconstructed Ebenezer Scrooge himself, the word might just be the ideal adjective to describe the Goodman Theatre's 35th anniversary production of "A Christmas Carol." The current edition, with fleet direction by Steve Scott, who has assembled a luminous cast, offers proof that this evergreen tradition has somehow managed to grow brighter and more affecting with every season.
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Hedy Weiss


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Though those of us who, for personal or professional reasons, see the show many times over might be inclined to obsess over what ultimately minor shifts in staging and casting invariably take place over time, the reality is that Goodman has this one down to a science, especially under the helm of stalwart director Steve Scott. And especially with Larry Yando playing Ebenezer Scrooge, a role that recalls his even-less-redemptive turn as that other theatrical rogue, Roy Cohn, in last year's production of "Angels in America" at Court. Yando's mastery of vile is unparalleled, but so too is his transformation into the joyfully benevolent Scrooge here, where he gets to show some chops for physical comedy."
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Brian Hieggelke


Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...Directed by Steve Scott with unfailing sensitivity of heart as well as eye, Goodman's 35th annual "Christmas Carol" boasts the spirit, the look - Todd Rosenthal's sets and Heidi Sue McMath's costumes seem sprung from Dickens' pages - and not least the magic this beloved story conjures in the mind."
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Lawrence B. Johnson


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...I have seen this annual gem many times with an assortment of Scrooges including William J. Norris, Frank Galati, Tom Mula, Rick Snyder, William brown, Jonathan Weir, John Judd and Larry Yando. Each have played the nasty, money-loving old man with both pathos and humor as the nasty, lonely man finds redemption. I must say that Larry Yando is the ultimate Scrooge."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"...No question, Tom Creamer's adaption keeps Dickens' heart in the right place. But there's less to be learned where there's never a question of Scrooge's inevitable reclamation and when the codger never threatens to be anything but a caricature out of British panto."
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Larry Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...While Yando is the focal point of this story, there are many cast members that I feel should be noted;Ron Rains , returning as Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's assistant ( and the father of Tiny Tim), spritley Elizabeth Ledo as the Ghost of Christmas Past, the vivacious Penelope Walker as the Ghost of Christmas Present,Joe Foust as Ghost of Jacob Marley, Greg Hite as the fiddle player,Ora Jones as Mrs.Fezziwig and others and Michael Aaron Lindner as Mr. Fezziwig and others. The cast is dynamite with many actors taking on more than one role and the costumes by Heidi Sue McMath and original music by Andrew Hansen add to the making of this theatrical experience, just that! A Theatrical experience that will remain in each audience members memory for many holiday seasons to come. Make this part of your family tradition ( if it is not already)."
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Alan Bresloff


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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