Jefferson Mays to star in 'A Christmas Carol' on Broadway

The show will play the Nederlander Theatre.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

A holiday gift came early! Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays will star in his critically acclaimed one-man version of A Christmas Carol on Broadway this winter. The limited holiday engagement will play the Nederlander Theatre from November 8 to January 1, with opening night set for November 21.

Mays first performed his version of A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2018, and later in New York for a streaming audience in 2020. Both productions received critical acclaim; The New York Times review of the 2020 iteration reads, "This is not just a tour de force. The production... aims to reproduce what [Charles Dickens] clearly intended his own readings to be: an opportunity to make what was already a classic story feel new, while also making it feel as if it should matter forever."

The leading creative team from those past productions reunites. Two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden returns to direct; he also co-conceived the production with Dane Laffrey, and co-adapted Dickens's novel with Mays and Mays's wife, Susan Lyons.

The show also features scenic and costume design by Laffrey, lighting design by Ben Stanton, projection design by Lucy Mackinnon, sound design by Joshua D. Reid, hair and makeup design by Cookie Jordan, and puppet design by John Kristiansen.

A Christmas Carol was last seen on Broadway in 2019, in an acclaimed production that transferred from London. That production won all five Tony Awards it was nominated for, including Best Original Score and set, costume, lighting, and sound design awards.

Mays is known for playing multiple roles in one show — he won his Tony Award for doing so in I Am My Own Wife and was nominated for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Mays currently stars as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man on Broadway, opposite Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. He will play his final performance in that show on October 23.

Check back for information on A Christmas Carol tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Photo credit: A Christmas Carol Live

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