‘Scrooge in Love’ the sequel to ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘Scrooge’, a new musical directed by the effervescent and vivacious, multi-talented Dyan McBride of 42nd Street Moon Theatre, opens tonight at 6 pm, starring the ever so animated real Broadway actor Jason Graae. Graae returns as a special guest to play the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Eureka Theater on Jackson Square stages the production and while the stage remains physically small the intimacy makes each seat great. Go for the music which is all new in ‘Scrooge in Love!’, with a company in which the music offers more than your money’s worth each and every production.
Opening night includes a post-show reception as always with the cast mingling in their street clothes in the tiny lobby. Here are some samples of the music on Blair’s website. Here’s an initial comment from Andy Melomet, who saw a preview with his love Jane Merschen. The preview was a little rough but the show was lots of fun. Not enough Scrooge business in the First Act, though. Would be a nice ACT show for the holidays with their Christmas Carol.
Imagine, new Christmas love songs. Come to think of it, who writes Christmas carols besides Nat King Cole. ‘Scrooge in Love!’ features music by Larry Grossman, that’s who, with lyricist Kellen Blair. This play is based on the book by Duane Pool, about what Scrooge’s life is like after he feels more joyful. The song titles are hints, which sound giddy. ‘I Love Love’, ‘In Just One Year’, ‘The Hours in Between’ and ‘Do it Now’. Another promising feature would be McBride’s casting of a young New Orleanian gentleman to play young Scrooge, Kalon Thibodeaux. Ah, Christmas in New Orleans.
Ticket and other info
‘Scrooge in Love!’ runs through December 13 on Jackson Square at the Eureka Theater. It’s an easy walk from Embarcadero BART with some street parking. The best part is being close enough to North Beach to walk from dinner or go for dessert after. Tomasso’s, Puccini’s Cafe, Viva, Molinari Deli. Bike riders may lock their bike to a parking meter near the theater or in the bike cage at Embarcadero BART. Tickets range from $57.50 for premium tier to $10 for patrons under the age of eighteen and students. VIP tickets cost $75 and you get a glass of wine and ticket insurance. Patrons may purchase tickets on line or at the box office at the Eureka Theater. Patrons may print tickets at home. Ticket info here, tickets.