A Christmas Carol - The Concert

Fact Sheet

  • 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music & Lyrics
  • The show is a PBS perennial favorite


Charles Dickens beloved Christmas Carol as you’ve never seen it, or heard it before. Enjoy the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge through glorious, memorable and irresistible new songs in this instant holiday classic. A Christmas Carol - The Concert has musical styles that range from classical and Broadway, to blues and gospel. The PBS special was filmed at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois. It was filmed before a live audience using a full symphony orchestra, a choir made up of members of the Elmhurst College Choir and the Children’s Choir of Chicago and a rock/pop rhythm section. It starred Michael Aaron Lindner as “Scrooge”, E. Faye Butler as “The Narrator”, Scott Coulter as “Fred/Bob Cratchit & others”, Kyle Scatliffe as “Marley/The Ghosts & others”, and Arya Daire as “Belle”.

Notes and Quotes

"...a glorious new musical version of the classic that takes its cue from the hugely successful “Live from Lincoln Center” programs. Like those artful shows, it is a recording of a stellar dramatic concert presented before a live audience and then aired over PBS stations. Producer Silberstein and director Matt Hoffman have assembled mostly Chicago-area talent for a powerhouse rendering of a new staged concert version of the Dickens classic that features soaring music and orchestrations by Bob Christianson (co-composer of the hit “Too Hot to Handel”); a vivid, crystal-clear adaptation and lyrics by Alisa Hauser; a splendid orchestra impeccably conducted by Amy Duran, and members of the Elmhurst College Concert Choir and Chicago Children’s Choir under Susan Moninger.

Hedy Weiss - The Chicago Sun-Times