Pittsburgh CLO has announced that the public will be able to enjoy the magic of A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL for the 29th consecutive year! Recorded live at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater in 2018, this special production will be broadcast on WQED as a holiday gift to the community, so that families can once again experience this cherished tradition together. Starring Broadway and Television’s Richard Thomas in the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge and a cast of Pittsburgh’s favorite performers, A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL will have four separate airings: December 10 at 7:30pm; December 18 at 9pm; Christmas Eve – December 24 at 9pm and December 27 at 1pm.
“We are so happy to be able to share this show starring the one and only Richard Thomas and terrific cast of local actors known and loved in our community,” said Van Kaplan, CEO. “Despite our inability to produce this show live this year due to current health guidelines, with the help of our friends at WQED, we found a way to bring it to life. Each year this beloved Pittsburgh tradition reaches more than 25,000 audience members, including more than 7,000 school students. It is a theatrical experience special to so many, and a season without it seemed unfathomable, especially when we need it most. So, let’s toast each other in this new way by tuning in for this uplifting story.”
“The holiday season would not be the same without the Pittsburgh CLO’s A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL,” said Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO of WQED. “It’s especially important that after a very difficult year for everybody, we can all spend some time with loved ones to watch this enchanting production. WQED is pleased to partner with Pittsburgh CLO to be able to offer this production to our audiences.”
In more good news, viewers are also invited to partake in special experiences with a Virtual Pre-Show Event and Virtual Post-Show Cast Party before and after the first airing on December 10th. The party will be hosted by Pittsburgh CLO’s Mark Fleischer and Ebenezer Scrooge himself, actor Richard Thomas. Participants can join in the fun with cast members and get a glimpse behind the curtain. More information on how to purchase a ticket to this VIP event, complete with a holiday gift box delivered to your home, can be found here.
Perhaps best known for his appearances on television, including his Emmy-winning work as John-Boy on TV’s “The Waltons” and most recently as Agent Frank Gaad in FX’s “The Americans,” Richard Thomas has had an accomplished career on Broadway. His stage resume includes a string of hit new plays and revivals including The Fifth of July, Race and his 2017 Tony-nominated performance in The Little Foxes.
“Richard Thomas’s performance as Scrooge is revelatory, and this production, filmed in 2018, was one of the most attended in the show’s long history in Pittsburgh,” added Van Kaplan.
This first-ever televised version of Pittsburgh CLO’s A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL has been made possible by major funding by KeyBank, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and Highmark. Additional funding was provided by PNC, Giant Eagle and Pittsburgh CLO. Pittsburgh CLO also thanks Actors’ Equity Association for its support in making this broadcast possible.
WQED viewers will have four opportunities to see this special production. It will be broadcast on December 10 at 7:30pm; December 18 at 9pm; Christmas Eve – December 24 at 9pm and December 27 at 1pm.
The cast features Richard Thomas as Ebenezer Scrooge, Allison Cahill as Charity Worker/Ghost of Christmas Past/Peg, Justin Fortunato as Fred, Businessman, Daniel Frontz as Tiny Tim, Lisa Ann Goldsmith as Mrs. Cratchit, Ashton Guthrie asTom Watkins, Dick Wilkins, The Undertaker, Luke Halferty as Town Crier/Young Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Tim Hartman as Charity Worker, Mr. Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Present, Businessman, Jeffrey Howell as Bob Cratchit, Daniel Krell as Marley’s Ghost, Young Marley, Businessman, Alex Manalo as Fan, Alice, Laundress, Julia Paladino as
Missy Watkins/Martha Cratchit, Benjamin Kent Pimental as Peter Cratchit, Young Scrooge’s Schoolmate, Corwin Stoddard as Topper, Vendors, School Master, Erika Strasburg as Belle, Bess, Terry Wickline as Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig, and Zanna Fredland, Lara Hayhurst, Gavan Pamer, Allan Snyder as Carolers. Several Pittsburgh CLO Academy students will also take part in the holiday production including Joe Chufo as Turkey Boy, Jack Engel as Cratchit Child, Rachel Grant as Cratchit Child and Chloe Griffin as Cratchit Child.
Cast bios and creative team listing can be found here.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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