Singapore, 23 November 2005 – Have you ever wondered what would happen if Ebenezer Scrooge sang show tunes? If Tiny Tim were a character from Annie? If Jacob Marley was a woman? Well, maybe you haven’t!
If you HAVE wondered, the answer is simple. You’ll get the zaniest, most hilarious holiday show ever created. Kathy Feininger’s divinely inspired A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL! A delicious cross between the classic Dickens take and uproarious song parodies of your favourite Broadway tunes, this irreverent and boisterous alternative to traditional holiday fare will leave you rolling in the aisle and crying out for more of our riotous offering of a little song, a little dance, a little eggnog down your pants.
The Asian premiere A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL will open at Play Den, The Arts House on 9 December and run for 17 performances until 23 December with performances every evening at 8pm and weekend matinees at 3pm.
An Arts House production directed by Jeremiah Choy, the delightful and unexpected mix of show tune song parodies and Charles Dickens' classic story of the redeemed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge will star television-stage actor Gerald Chew as The Man Who Plays Scrooge, singer Babes Conde as The Music Director Who Does Not Play Scrooge, Tan Shou Chen as The Man Who Does Not Play Scrooge and the delightful Cheryl Miles as The Woman Who Does Not Play Scrooge.
Said Ms Mary Loh, Director of Audience Development, “We were looking for something light and entertaining, something different for the year end when I stumbled upon the play quite by accident. Kathy sent me the script and it had me giggle each time I turned the page. We believe the show will endear itself to local audiences and I hope we will set up a tradition of making A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL a must see every December just like The NutCracker Suite.”
Ask anyone who knows her and they’ll tell you that Kathy Feininger has a wacky sense of humor.
Feininger’s “day job” for more than two decades has been as a passionate advocate for and developer of innovative arts education programs, but it’s the work she does after hours where her sense of humor really shines through.
“I love the musical theatre,” she says, “and for years I would think of parody lyrics and then sing them for my husband who would generally just groan and roll his eyes at me.
“Then one night, I happened to catch a rerun of the animated Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol on TV. I thought it was very funny and I just decided there and then that if Mister Magoo could do it, so could I!”
And thus, A Broadway Christmas Carol was born.
“I thought to myself: I love musicals, I love to laugh, and I have always loved Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and so why shouldn’t I write some song parodies that make me laugh and use Dickens as a guide?”
“Besides, I think we need to laugh more at the holidays. And I was tired of seeing melodramatic versions of A Christmas Carol.”
A one-act version of Feininger’s late night work premiered in 1993, but it wasn’t until five years later when the suburban Washington, DC-based Round House Theatre asked her to create and direct a full-length version of the show that it became a smash hit.
“The audience reaction was great the first year, but it really took off when Round House produced the show for a second year,” she notes. “Then, suddenly, it became a holiday tradition!”
Round House produced the show for seven consecutive holiday seasons, playing to SRO crowds most of the time. In 2004, that production celebrated its 100th performance. Well-known in the Washington area as a community leader as well as for her theatrical successes as a playwright and director, Feininger is often approached by audience members in the theatre lobby, on the street, and occasionally even in her neighborhood supermarket.
“They usually ask if I’m the ‘Funny Christmas Carol Lady,’” she says, laughing. “And they usually have a song parody to pitch! It’s a nice 15 minutes of fame.”
Tickets to the show (inclusive of a soft drink or wine) are priced at $38 for adults and $28 for children are available at the Arts House Box Office or by calling 6332 6919. There is also a special dinner theatre package of $68 which includes a three course dinner at Restaurant 1827 Thai. DBS Credit Cardmembers enjoy a special discount of 15% off tickets and an Exclusive DBS Family Matinee Package of $120 for 2 adults and 2 children.
A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL is part of The Joy of Giving, the Christmas festival at The Arts House partnered by DBS Cards.
KATHY FEININGER is the creator of A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL and Chief Creative Officer of Chanticleer Productions, LLP. For 10 years she was the Director of Education and Outreach and an Artistic Associate at Round House Theatre in suburban Washington, DC, where A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL received more than 100 performances in seven consecutive holiday seasons. In addition to directing the Round House production of A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL and writing and directing Round House's outreach touring productions, Ms. Feininger is in demand as a director throughout the Washington-Baltimore region. Other recent directing credits include Washington Stage Guild, Rep Stage, and the "Best of Baltimore" award-winning production of A DICKENS OF CAROL at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, which she directed for two seasons. Prior to her 10-year tenure at Round House Theatre, Ms. Feininger was Producing Director for Maryland Traveling Repertory Theatre and Library Theatre. She holds an MFA from MichiganStateUniversity and a BFA from the University of Nebraska. Long dedicated to arts education and theatre for young audiences, her performance-in-education playwriting credits include THE MAGICAL MYSTERY HISTORY MUSEUM, SO, JUST WHAT IS A FOGGY BOTTOM?, TELLING TALES (co-written with Jonathan Graham) and THAT’S NEWS TO ME (co-written with Mark Robert Blackmon), among others. In 2004, she was honored with the Lockheed Martin Arts and Humanities in Education Award. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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