Fresh from the success of Disney’s Newsies, Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical usher in the Christmas season with yet another Menken musical: A Christmas Carol. Back after a triumphant run last year, A Christmas Carol returns with more grit, more depth and more spirit. With book by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and Tony Award winner Lynn Arhens (who also doubles as the musical’s lyricist), it is Alan Menken’s music that truly soars and heightens the spirit of Christmas.

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Considered a major player in and purveyor of Disney’s renaissance, Alan Menken is most known for his music in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Enchanted and Tangled, among others. Menken, an American musical theatre composer and film scorer, has over twenty-one musicals and musical films in his roster. The recipient of eight Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, eleven Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and two Outer Critics Awards, Menken is considered a legend in the industry.

Based on Charles Dicken’s novel originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol follows the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy old man embittered by his life and losses. As the story unfolds, we follow Scrooge being haunted by the ghosts of his past, present and future. After each encounter, Scrooge soon realizes his shortcomings and uncovers the miracle within, transforming into a kinder, gentler man who revels in the spirit of Christmas and the love of family and community.

A Christmas Carol stars theater veteran Miguel Faustmann who returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him are Noel Rayos as Jacob Marley and Mr. Fezziwig, Franco Laurel as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Nico Dans as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Rissey Reyes as the Ghost of Christmas Future. In this production, we also introduce Jaime Yupangco and Elai Estrella as Tiny Tim.

Rounding up the cast are Jon Abella as Bob Cratchit, Tricia Canilao as Mrs. Cratchit, Dawn Eduave as Mrs. Fezziwig, Laurence Mossman as Young Ebenezer, Arman Ferrer as Fred, Mitzie Lao as Emily, Gian Gloria as Sally, Krystal Brimner and Rayne Cortez as Grace Smythe, Tory Cortez as Jonathon, Omar Uddin and Diego Soler as Scrooge at 12, Simone Martinez and Cerise Ramirez as Fan, Joe Ng and Bourne Luna as Fred’s son, Kyle Francisco as Martha Cratchit, MC dela Cruz as Mr. Smythe, JP Basco as Young Marley, Josh Ramirez as John William Scrooge, Kendrick Ibasco as Beadle, Vyen Villanueva as Mr. Hawkins, Jourdan Bartolome as Old Joe, Mariella Laurel as Scrooge’s mother, Peachy Atilano-Guevara as Mrs. Mops, Shalee Vicencio as Mrs. Hawkins and Joni Galeste.

A Christmas Carol is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with Onyl Torres as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, PJ Rebullida as choreographer & Yek Barlongay for additional tap choreography, Ed Lacson as set designer, Dong Calingacion as technical director, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, and Ian Cartalaba as head for costumes.

Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Joe Caliro (Globe Live), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Sab Jose and Jonjon Martin as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, Arma Bonilla as stage manager, Gian Nicdao as graphic designer and JC Inocian as photographer.

Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s A Christmas Carol will be shown at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City on December 7-9, 14-16, 21-22 & 26-27 at 8:00pm, December 10 & 17 (Sundays) and December 25 Christmas Show at 7:00pm.

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A Christmas Carol is a production of Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical, with MUD (Make up Designory) as the official makeup partner. Special thanks to Bonifacio High Street.

A Christmas Carol is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

PRESS RELEASE (Photos courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz)
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