After their successful team-up that brought us the first local staging of Green Day’s American Idiot, 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live have recently announced their next project – an ambitious new staging of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.” Based on the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, this version features the songs of multi-awarded composer Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Tony-winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastacia). Executive Producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works) and Joe Caliro (Globe Live) chose this piece, among its many stage versions, because they think it is the best interpretation of the novel. The show’s repertoire includes some joyous tunes such as “Jolly Good Time” and “Hear the Bells,” and the melodious ballad “A Place Called Home.”
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Bringing the characters to life is a mixed bag of more than 30 actors, making this show 9 Works’ biggest cast yet. Leading the pack is theater veteran Miguel Faustmann as Ebenezer Scrooge (who actually played the same role in Repertory Philippines’ Scrooge in 2014). Taking on the featured roles are Miss Saigon alums Ariel Reonal (Jacob Marley) and Ela Lisondra (Ghost of Christmas Future), former American Idiot cast member Norby David (Ghost of Christmas Past), and former lead actor in ATEG’s Shrek the Musical Franz Imperial (Ghost of Christmas Present).
Apart from its intention to again attract a new generation of theater-goers, the staging of this musical hopes to introduce a new holiday tradition of watching theater shows with families and loved ones. Director Robbie Guevara promises that this production will offer a new experience for Filipino families to share during the Christmas season.
“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” opens on December 3, and will run until Christmas Day (December 25) 2016 at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater.
Here are the sights and sounds from the press conference held last October 27, 2016. You can find performance excerpts performed by the cast below.
Photo coverage by Erickson dela Cruz
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