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  A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

Thru - Dec 29, 2019

Price: $25 - $139

Stage: Albert Theatre

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 2hrs, 10mins; one intermission

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  A Christmas Carol Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...I can’t say what this visually stunning production from Goodman feels like for those for whom this has become an annual tradition. I can say that a couple jump scares and horror elements around Marley’s ghosts’s appearance from the combined efforts of designers Todd Rosenthal (set), Heidi McMath (costume), Keith Parham (lighting) and Richard Woodbury (sound) gave me a genuine shock. I can say that I left the production thinking about Ebenezer Scrooge more than I have in ages. I can say that the culmination of the play was just as emotionally rich and fulfilling as I could have ever expected."
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Jerald Pierce

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...The show’s a chestnut, now in its 42nd year at the Goodman. But here’s the thing about chestnuts. Dress them properly, and they’re fabulous. So it goes at the Goodman, where the 21-person ensemble, anchored by Yando, makes you feel like you’re seeing “A Christmas Carol” for the first time."
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Catey Sullivan

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...How, one might ask, does this veteran, masterful actor manage to rekindle the fire in his Scrooge year after year, as he does again this season perhaps more compellingly and marvelously than ever? I think the answer is the same as it would be for how Yando brought such depth and credibility to King Lear at Chicago Shakespeare Theater some five years ago, or about halfway through his recurrent run as Scrooge at Goodman. The answer is the stuff of great acting: insight, immersion, truth."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...At its unashamed heart, A Christmas Carol remains universal, an object lesson for us all, not just a cartoon of a “comical old man” blind to compassion as we righteous onlookers could never be. Scrooge is us! (Mea culpa.)"
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Lawrence Bommer

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...Goodman’s Theatre, A Christmas Carol, is filled with topnotch performances, songs, singing and dancing with amazing sets, and eye-popping effects. This year’s production, which once again features a diverse cast, seems to have a livelier, cantankerous, and funny Scrooge. Larry Yando is, without a doubt, one of the best Scrooge you will ever witness. As much as we love Allen Gilmore, who is an excellent and exceptional actor that embodies each character he plays, it will be a challenge for him to top Yando’s performance as Scrooge."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Enthralling and electrifying, the show is just how you remember it—only better! For 42 years, the Goodman Theatre has thrilled Chicago audiences and visitors from around the world with its magical production of “A Christmas Carol.” This year, veteran director Henry Wishcamper has outdone himself. Watching this heartwarming performance of a misanthrope transformed, the ghost of Charles Dickens will have certainly proclaimed from the rafters, “Well done!”"
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Julia W. Rath

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...We’re all so lucky. Chicagoland offers a wide variety of holiday entertainment and every year there are new plays and musicals from which to choose. But the one bonafide production that truly says “Christmas” is back again at the Goodman Theatre. There are a number of excellent alternatives playing around town, but the real deal, the play that will remind audiences of what the holiday is all about, is here for its 42nd year. There’s no better choice. Here is a Christmas extravaganza that’s filled with heart and humor and is an annual must-see, at this time of year!"
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...A Christmas Carol is made most essential by the humanity of its characters, which is masterfully enriched by a peerless cast of storytelling masters. Larry Yando crafts a refined masterpiece with his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. From endearingly awkward fumblings to tragically stubborn tantrums, Yando is wholly and utterly invested in present, spontaneous discovery. Yando passionately brings the miser to life with unmatched artistry."
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Quinn Rigg

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Now in its 42nd year (a bit of a miracle, no?), Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol remains a steadfastly satisfying holiday tradition, even as this latest edition sees little change year over year; the show's press materials note only eight members of the more than two dozen company members are newcomers to the production. Based on an adaptation by Tom Creamer of Charles Dickens' classic, and directed for the seventh year by Henry Wishcamper, the updates this reliable production has seen over the last few years (a revamped Ghost of Christmas Past, for example) seem to have settled into a comfortable, still wholly delightful, routine."
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Lisa Trifone

The Hawk Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Two years ago, I called Goodman's production "pure holiday magic." Last year, I voiced concerns that the lack of change had rendered it stale. But this year, I appreciate it for what it offers: a consistently impressive version of Dickens' tale, one that revels in the story's moral about what the holiday season should be about--love, compassion, and care for those in need. To anyone who can't find joy in that, I say "bah humbug.""

Emily Schmidt

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...The entire cast is excellent and has impressive credits. However, special recognition should also go to the show’s costumed, onstage musicians. Live music is provided by Justin Amolsch on horn, Maddi Ruhl on flute, piccolo and Pennywhistle and Alison Tatum on violin."
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Jodie Jacobs

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...With Larry Yando wearing the mantle of Ebenezer Scrooge for the twelfth year, his performance is as endearing and comedic as ever. From the first scene where he is scare-your-socks-off at "full Scrooge" to the last scene where he is so full of Christmas spirit you are waiting for him to take flight, he is a delight through and through. You are drawn in and become invested in going on all three visits from the spirits of Christmas. Regardless of the fact you know what happens at the very end, there are several points during the play that you worry about Mr. Scrooge and if his poor heart might break having to relive his past, seeing the truth of the present and what will happen if he doesn't change his ways in the future."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...With its annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Goodman Theatre gives us a reminder to do better. Director Henry Wishcamper’ s production stays contemporary without breaking from Charles Dickens’ 19th century milieu. Similarly, Tom Creamer’s script adaptation, laced with humor, keeps the dialogue accessible with period-appropriate language. Visually and verbally, this show sits comfortably in its era as it speaks to ours."
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Susan Lieberman

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