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“A Christmas Carol in Harlem” at CCNY, Nov. 27-Dec. 8

A Christmas Carol in Harlem 2018
"A Christmas Carol in Harlem" presented by the City College Center for the Arts and The Classical Theatre of Harlem featuring Dan Echevarria as Fezz and Marley Understudy.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem and the City College Center for the Arts present “A Christmas Carol in Harlem,” a reimagining of the Charles Dickens’ classic in present day Harlem. The performance—Tuesday, Nov. 27-Dec. 8–takes place in The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall.

The play is adapted by Shawn René Graham, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and it will include original music and classic holiday carols influenced by gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B.

“We are on the precipice of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance,” said Ty Jones, producing artistic director at The Classical Theatre of Harlem.  “What a remarkable opportunity to launch into the next century by complementing the existing holiday programming downtown, with a show that has a unique uptown, New York City aesthetic.”

The adaptation 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 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 issues of gentrification and social inequality that affect New Yorkers today. The Classical Theatre of Harlem veteran, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, will lead the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge and features dancers from from Elisa Monte Dance.

Performances will be on Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with select Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit The Classical Theatre of Harlem website.

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Ashley Arocho
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