Scrooge the Musical is one of the most popular holiday musicals and has played in numerous productions around the world. Based on the film of the same name, starring Albert Finney, the musical premiered on stage in 1992 in Birmingham and has since enjoyed success on numerous UK tours.
The show received its West End premiere at the London Palladium in 2005 starring veteran performer Tommy Steele in the title role. The production was a popular Christmas attraction for families and groups, and continued to tour the UK each season. Produced by Bill Kenwright Theatricals, the production opened again at the London Palladium for the 2012/13 Christmas Season, where Tommy Steele took on the lead role once again. The production was directed by Bob Tomson and featured choreography by Lisa Kent.
The US Premiere of Scrooge the Musical was on October 26 2004 at the Ford Center of the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre in Chicago. Robert Chamberlain played the title role of Scrooge. Since then the musical has been performed every season by the Spring Lake Theater Company in New Jersey.
The original movie version, on which the stage show is based was released in 1970. Directed by Ronald Neame, the film starred Albert Finney in the lead role. Leslie Bricusse provided the score and created a faithful retelling of the classic 1843 Dickens story, maintaining the British-ness of the show in the music. The film was poorly received by critics, but was nominated for four Academy Award nominations making it the only live action version of the story to be recognised. Albert Finney won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in 1971, and Leslie Bricusse took home the Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for ‘Thank You Very Much’.