Three very different musical versions of A Christmas Carol are in the news:
- A new one-man opera version premiered Friday at Houston Grand Opera, co-written and directed by Dickensian actor/writer Simon Callow. The opera, and tenor Jay Hunter Morris, got a rave review in the Houston Chronicle. The show runs through Dec. 21.
- Meanwhile, the Cedar Falls Community Theatre in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is premiering Storybook Christmas, a country music version of the Carol. It updates the story to the present and seems to have some fun and creative ideas (none other than Johnny Cash is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come!). It runs through Dec. 14.
- And on Dec. 15, the Actors Fund will present a one-night-only concert version of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol at the City Unversity of New York. The Huffington Post has the story on how this event came to be!