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A Christmas Carol on Broadway (2019)
Photograph: Courtesy Joan MarcusA Christmas Carol on Broadway (2019)

Where to see A Christmas Carol in NYC in 2019

Find the best stage versions of Charles Dickens's holiday classic with our 2019 guide to A Christmas Carol in NYC

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Adam Feldman
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Holiday time in New York offers a multitude of onstage Christmas shows for those who like to soak in the cheer. But among the city's many yuletide offerings, two stories are always especially popular: The dance world has variations on The Nutcracker, and the theater world has riffs on Charles Dickens's 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. If you want to see Dickens's tale of regret and redemption onstage in 2019, you have more than a dozen options, from a lavish Broadway production to star-studded readings and a downtown marionette show. Here they are, in chronological order. God bless them, every one!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in NYC

A Christmas Carol in NYC

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Campbell Scott plays Scrooge in the Broadway version of Charles Dickens's classic yuletide story about a miser forcibly unclenched by visions of his own grinchiness. Matthew Warchus directs a 2017 adaptation by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child); the production includes visually arresting sequences and a dozen Christmas carols. Andrea Martin and LaChanze play two of Scrooge's ghostly guests.

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The team behind the two long-running Imbible shows, A Spirited History of Drinking and Day Drinking, spead their cheer to the holidays with a third alcohol-informational musical comedy, aimed at expanding your noggin and your noggin'. The show looks at the history and future of Christmas quaffs through a story that imagines Ebenezer Scrooge planning a party the day after his big epiphany. Admission includes three craft cocktails.

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Ridiculous Theatrical Company legend Everett Quinton, the widower of troupe demiurge Charles Ludlam, plays Scrooge in this staged reading of Ludlam's faithful 1979 adaptation of the Dickens classic. Quinton also directs the production, a fundraiser for St. John's Church.

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Scrooge is an uptown New York real estate vulture in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's contemporary update of Charles Dickens's holiday novella about a miser who gets spooked into accepting the Christmas spirit. Carl Cofield directs Shawn René Graham's adaptation;  modernized carols help keep the yuletide high.

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  • price 4 of 4

Patrick Stewart performed his own solo adaptation of Charles Dickens's tightwad-redemption tale on Broadway in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 2001. Now he brings it back at the cozy Theater 511 for just two nights, as a benefit for City Harvest and Ars Nova. (Even priced at $500, the tickets have all sold out, but two $25 tickets per performance will be offered via lottery on TodayTix.)

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A starry cast, led by Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins) as the myopic Magoo, performs a stage version of a 1962 animated TV special by the Funny Girl team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Carl Andress directs a company that also includes Sierra Boggess, Claybourne Elder, Michael Potts, Don Darryl Rivera, Frederick Odgaard, Kyle Selig, Matthew Scott, Klea Blackhurst, Jennifer Cody, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Stephen DeRosa and Jeff Hiller. 

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No.11 Productions throws a holiday bash in the form of an immersive, interactive retelling of Charles Dickens's haunted Christmas fable, ditrected by Ryan Emmons. Forest VanDyke stars as Scrooge, and audience volunteers are recruited to fill in two dozen smaller roles. The show is followed by a merry dance party, featuring featuring music by the Nat Osborn Band.

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Playwright and Smash maker Theresa Rebeck directs a one-night benefit reading of Dickens's unavoidable yuletide parable. The cast includes Tyne Daly, Michael Cristofer, Thom Sesma, Sharon Washington. Proceeds go toward Primary Stages's programs for teenagers. (A $500 VIP ticket gets you a seat onstage and a cameo role.)

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The Al Hirschfeld gallery, located in an old Greenwich Village mansion, is the scene of this site-specific adaptation of Dickens's Christmas chestnut. Jeffries Thaiss plays all the roles, using text from the original novella; Eric Scott Anthony provides continual live accompaniment in the form of music and sound effects. Tea and puddings are served before the show; the Saturday evening performance features a fuller holiday buffet.

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