The last time I was at the Goodman Theatre was when I was twelve years-old and my parents brought me to see A Christmas Carol. Last night, I had the pleasure of bringing my ten year-old daughter to see this classic holiday performance for the first time. Boy, was it a treat!
In case you need a refresher on the story: Dickens’ 1843 classic is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship. Director Henry Wishcamper and his 28-member all-Chicago cast—led by Larry Yando in his 7th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge—blends new magic with familiar moments in a production that has introduced nearly four generations of young people to theater.
The show is a delightful mix of traditional stage elements with pops of unexpected, modern-day surprises. The acting is fabulous. The staging is lovely -- and sometimes pleasantly surprising (think Ebenezer taking to the sky!). My ten year-old daughter jumped in her seat a couple of times because of startling sound effects (Marley and those loud, loud chains!). This show definitely isn't for kids much younger than age ten.
We really enjoyed ourselves. This show is nipping at the heels of the Joffrey's Nutcracker for the role of "must-see holiday tradition" at our house.
A Christmas Carol is at the Goodman through December 28, 2014. Tickets are $31 - $101 (subject to change). Call 312.443.3800 (12noon - 5pm daily) or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/joy for tickets and a performance calendar.