Brian Conley is to star as Scrooge in a new staged concert of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ musical of A Christmas Carol in London’s West End.
It will run from 7 December 2020 to 2 January 2021 at the Dominion Theatre, with a cast of over 50, including other star names, and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO).
The musical, which premiered in 1994 at New York City’s Paramount Theatre, features a score by Alan Menken, best known for theatre and film scores such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies, Sister Act and The Little Mermaid.
Lyrics are by Lynn Ahrens, whose credits include musicals Anastasia, Ragtime, Once On This Island and Seussical, with a book by Mike Ockrent (Me and My Girl and Crazy for You).
It ran for a decade at New York’s Madison Square Garden and was seen by over five million people, becoming a Christmas tradition.
The creative team at the Dominion is led by director Shaun Kerrison, who has helmed several previous concert productions for LMTO including Mack and Mabel and Candide as well as BBC Proms concerts of My Fair Lady and Kiss Me, Kate.
The musical director is Freddie Tapner, founder of LMT0. Casting is by Jim Arnold CDG who worked on Wicked and The Prince of Egypt.
Further casting is to be announced to join Brian Conley, a TV comedy legend and star of stage musicals including 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray and Jolson, for which he received an Olivier Awards nomination.
The concert production is being produced by Tapner for LMTO with Gary England. It will be staged at the Dominion with social distancing measures in place.
They are making 900 free tickets available to key workers and their families at Alpha’s La Dolce Vita Key Workers Matinee on Thursday 10 December