The splendid production of A Christmas Carol starring Jefferson Mays in a solo tour de force gets off with a bang. Suffice it to say that a rousing theatrical effect does its job. It grabs you by the lapels — actually, the eardrums — and commands your complete attention. This show and the actor playing some 50 roles deserve it. Drawn from Charles Dickens’s 1843 classic about transformation, redemption, and the Christmas spirit (in every sense), the adaptation by Mays, Susan Lyons, and director...
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Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays brings his acclaimed one-man version of A Christmas Carol to Broadway for the 2022 holiday season. Get A Christmas Carol tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
A Christmas Carol is right alongside The Nutcracker as one of the most popular classic Christmas stories of all time, inspiring countless stage productions around the world every year. The tale of redemption and holiday goodwill follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he undergoes a change of heart to become compassionate. On Christmas Eve, ghosts of the past, present, and future visit him, issuing an urgent call for Scrooge to learn to love before it's too late.
In this version of A Christmas Carol on Broadway, Mays takes on every character in Charles Dickens's story, from Scrooge to the ghosts to Tiny Tim to, as one New York Times review noted, "an indignant potato." Mays premiered his version in 2018 at Los Angeles's Geffen Playhouse, and remounted it in 2020 in New York. That time around, he performed A Christmas Carol for an empty United Palace theatre in Washington Heights; the show was filmed and streamed.
Mays, his wife Susan Lyons, and director Michael Arden co-adapted the show from Dickens's novella. They were inspired by the way the author used to perform his own material. In the 1800s, Dickens went on "reading tours" with A Christmas Carol, where audiences would pay to see him simply read his story aloud. Like an actor, he reportedly employed different voices, facial expressions, and gestures to differentiate each of the characters as he was reading. In the 21st century, Mays does the same, but also has modern projections and animations to help set the scene.
Mays is a proven master of role-juggling: He won a Tony Award for playing all the characters in 2003's I Am My Own Wife, and he got a nomination for playing all eight D'Ysquiths and more in the 2014 Best Musical winner A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. His other Broadway credits include Pygmalion, Oslo, and the latest revival of The Music Man with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
There have been many recent productions of A Christmas Carol in New York alone. A different one-man interpretation called One Christmas Carol and a Sherlock Holmes/Christmas Carol mashup called A Sherlock Carol both went up off Broadway in 2021; the latter is returning in 2022. A Christmas Carol was last on Broadway in 2019; that version was adapted by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne. The show won all five 2020 Tony Awards it was nominated for, including Best Original Score.
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The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting and hope-filled vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island).
November 8th, 2022
January 1st, 2023
Cast and creative
By: Charles Dickens, adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, and Michael Arden; co-conceived by Arden and Dane Laffrey
Director: Michael Arden
Design: Dane Laffrey
Costume: Dane Laffrey
Lighting: Ben Stanton
Sound: Joshua D. Reid
Cast list: Jefferson Mays
Other info: Projection design by Lucy Mackinnon, hair and makeup design by Cookie Jordan, puppet design by John Kristiansen