A Carol Christmas is a brand new musical, a feminized, modernized version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. It’s a funny, fresh, tuneful musical that’s just the antidote for these crazy times. In this version, Scrooge is Carol, the busy, non-stop workaholic star of a home shopping-network type show who expects and demands that her employees work themselves until they drop, and that includes the holidays and even the day before Christmas. All the usual male roles are women in this version of the story, and the ways in which Carol visits the past, present, and future are completely unique and fun.
A Carol Christmas has a book by Doug Haverty, the author of many plays and musicals, including the off-Broadway musical Inside Out (cast album available on Kritzerland). The music and lyrics are by Bruce Kimmel, the writer/director of the cult film The First Nudie Musical and many musicals for the stage, as well as a MAC award-winning songwriter.
The world premiere production, directed by Kimmel, opened on November 16, 2018 at the Group Repertory Theatre. The show has a cast of twenty, eighteen songs, and the musical director and orchestrator is Richard Allen.
So, get in the holiday spirit early this year – this new cast recording is the perfect Christmas present and a great way to ring in the holiday season.
1. Christmas Time Is Here Again / Just Another Christmas ~ Company
2. All I Want for Christmas ~ Hartley Powers
3. Spelling Backwards ~ Peyton Kirkner
4. The Message ~ Janet Wood
5. Close Your Eyes ~ Debi Tinsley
6. This Party’s Just for You ~ Monica Allan, Lloyd Pedersen and Ensemble
7. Meet Cute ~ John Schroeder and Hartley Powers
8. Close Your Eyes (Part 2)
9. Separate Ways ~ John Schroeder
10. All I Want for Christmas (Reprise) ~ Hartley Powers
11. Owaska Tea ~ Janet Wood
12. This Christmas ~ Emily Barnett
13. Little Miracles ~ Savannah Schoenecker and Peyton Kirkner
14. Tarot Cards ~ Debi Tinsley
15. I Know Everything, I See Everything ~ Monica Allan
16. The Lovers ~ Monica Allan and Kevin Hoffman
17. Shuffle Off this Mortal Coil ~ Lloyd Pedersen and Ensemble
18. The Nightmare ~ Company
19. What Have I Learned ~ Hartley Powers
20. Finale ~ Company