The London debut of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ Broadway Hit, A Christmas Carol, an original work by Charles Dickens was performed for the first and unique time in London at the Lyceum Theatre. Following the spectacular success of its debut performance of Roger and Hammerstein’s State Fair, the London Musical Theatre didn’t disappoint.
This spectacular musical adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most famous stories received the full Broadway treatment by the team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). Three-time Olivier Award-winner Robert Lindsay played Scrooge, alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher, who play Emily and Mrs Cratchit, Madalena Alberto (Evita) performed the part of the Ghost of Christmas.
The fully orchestrated score was a delight for the public. Conductor Freddie Tapner introduced the evening by saying that the music was to take centre stage. In keeping with the long term aim of the LMTO, the fully orchestrated concert brought the exciting repertoire of musical theatre to a more classical audience.