November 5, 2018

'A Christmas Carol in Harlem' at Classical Theatre of Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director) presents A Christmas Carol in Harlem, based on the timeless work by Charles Dickens.

This re-imagining of the classic Christmas tale will include some original music and classic holiday carols tinged with gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B influences, which celebrate the spirit of the season the Harlem way.

Set in present day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with CTH’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. A Christmas Carol in Harlem places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community.

A Christmas Carol in Harlem touches on the issues that are affecting so many New Yorkers today such as gentrification and social inequality, but infuses it with humor and hope. CTH reinvigorates this timeless tale to remind us that taking the time to be sensitive and mindful is key to celebrating our shared humanity. CTH veteran, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, will lead the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Recommended for all ages.

A Christmas Carol in Harlem is adapted by Shawn René Graham, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

The company of “A Christmas Carol in Harlem” includes: Jason C. Brown (as The Spirit of Christmas Present; The Misanthrope, Duchess of Malfi ), Reed HarrisButts (as Bennie) Daniel Echevarria (as Fezz; In The Heights, Something like a Fairytale, The Open Gate), Paula Galloway (as Claudette; The Colored Museum, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Brandon Gregory (as The Spirit of Christmas Past) Steve Hauck (as Jacob Marley, The Velocity of Autumn, Irena's Vow ), Emery Jones (as Tiny Timothia), Kaden Jones (as Child Scrooge) Alexandria Danielle King (as Sierra Jones; Antigone), Kahlil X Daniel (as The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come), Anthony Vaughn Merchant (as Scrooge), Sarita Amani Nash (as Fan and Belle), Angela Polite (as Clock Shop Lady; MARY SPEAKS, Flambeaux) Jeffrey Rashad (as Bob Cratchit and Young Scrooge), and Kenzie Ross (as Mrs. Cratchit; Blood at the Root, When We Left). The ensemble features dancers from Elisa Monte Dance.

Runtime: 90 minutes; no intermission

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of A Christmas Carol in Harlem will play at:

City College Center for the Arts’ Aaron Davis Hall
Corner of 135th St. and Convent Ave.
New York, NY 10027


November 27 – December 8, 2018- Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 28th - 1:00pm matinee
Saturday, December 1st - 1:00pm matinee
Sunday, December 2nd - 1:00pm matinee


$10 students/seniors
$10 dress rehearsal on November 25

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