“A little song,
a little dance,
a little eggnog down your pants.”
The holiday season traditionally juxtaposes sacred ritual with the celebratory glory of gatherings, particularly the joys from the live stage. Art Station Theatre’s production of Kathy Feininger’s A Broadway Christmas Carol opened to a sellout audience and earned a standing ovation from a well-entertained audience. Combining the Dickens classic with more than 30 Broadway standards and a full warehouse of comedy, brilliant sets and parody can only work with a talented cast, flawless singing, precision dancing and tight directing.
Once more, Art Station succeeds.
Jeff LeCraw delivers a cranky Ebenezer Scrooge, counting the loot from his shameless stinginess to the song “We’re in the Money,” followed by Joy Walters’ sultry delivery of “Big Spender.”
Ben Thorpe becomes all the other males in the story from Bob Cratchit to Tiny Tim, entertaining with “Tomorrow” from Annie, to “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie and “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.
Music director and accompanist Patrick Hutchinson is the show’s backbone. Nothing short of perfection is required to make this two-hour production work. A high bar of excellence skillfully met.
A Christmas Carol as we know it is the story, but the added comedy and Karen Beyer’s precision choreography transforms it into a very modern crowd pleaser.
Just glow we need during the cold days of the holiday season.
Through December 21.
Tickets and information: (770) 469.1105; www.artstation.org