Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical Partner for A Christmas Carol in Manila

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Each year, the New York City Ballet gives a series of performances of The Nutcracker every Christmas. It is one of the city’s most enduring traditions, beginning in 1954, and one of the most awaited. Manila will hopefully have this tradition, with Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s production of A Christmas Carol.

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Norby David, Franz Imperial, and Ela Lisondra as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future respectively

A Christmas Carol is a musical written by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, with lyrics by Ahrens and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the 1843 novella by Charles Dickens, about the bitter, old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. He hates Christmas, until he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas present, and Christmas future, who teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

The novella was so well-received that it helped usher the jolly Christmas we know, which was not practiced during the 17th century.

And out of the many musicals developed from this timeless story, it is the version adapted by Ahrens and Menken that is the most popular, having been staged in Madison Square Garden from 1994 to 2003. The following year, it was adapted for television by NBC.

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Rocco Buser and Dewayde Dizon as Tiny Tim

The New York Times wrote, “The eye is courted at every turn, the special effects come on a regular basis and the street scenes don’t lack for warmly dressed bodies and the odd beggar. At the end, snow falls in the hall as well as onstage, which so thrilled an incredulous 8-year-old boy seated near me that he got up and danced in the aisle.”

The secret behind the musical’s success is the minds of Ahrens and Menken: between them, they each developed Anastasia, Seussical the Musical, Rocky the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and many more. They also have quite the collection of Oscars, Grammys, Oliviers, and Tonys.

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I got a preview of what to expect when A Christmas Carol opens in Manila and was blown away by the abundance of talent. To be fair, 9 Works Theatrical is known for quality theater, but I did not expect the magnitude and harmony of voices that made up the cast. Of course, when you have actors who have joined the casts of Miss Saigon, you expect great things. And they delivered.

The cast will consist of:

  • Ebenezer Scrooge: Miguel Faustmann (Repertory Philippines since 1974)

  • Jacob Marley: Ariel Reonal (West End revival of Miss Saigon and the 25th anniversary gala)

  • Ghost of Christmas Past: Norby David (co-vocalist of Rivermaya since 2011)

  • Ghost of Christmas Present: Franz Imperial (principal vocalist for Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Singapore, DreamWorks Movie Animation Park)

  • Ghost of Christmas Future: Ela Lisondra (West End revival of Miss Saigon)

  • Tiny Tim: Rocco Buser and Dewayde Dizon

  • Bob Cratchit: Raul Montesa (the Germany, Philippine, Hong Kong, and Singapore run of Miss Saigon)

  • Mrs. Cratchit: Anna Santamaria

  • Mr. Fezziwig: Jun Ofrasio (the London, Ireland, and Portugal run of Miss Saigon)

  • Mrs. Fezziwig: Dawn Eduave

  • Fred: Nel Gomez (Gawad Buhay citation for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for American Idiot)

  • Young Ebenezer Scrooge: Al Gatmaitan (2nd place at the first Filipino European Pop Song Festival in Italy)

  • Emily: Mitzie Lao

  • Sally: Gian Gloria

  • Alternating as Jonathon and Scrooge at 12: Tory Cortez, Andre Ruelo, and DM Garcia

  • Grace Smythe: Rayne Cortez and Ella Gonzalez

  • Fan: Ornela Buser and Cerise Ramirez

  • Fred’s son: Mari Yapjoco and Joe Ng

  • Martha Cratchit: Kyle Francisco

  • Mr. Smythe: GM Hernandez

  • Young Marley: JP Basco

  • Beadle: Will Angeles

  • Mr. Hawkins: Kendrick Ibasco

  • John William Scrooge: Josh Ramirez

  • Harry: Jonjon Martin

  • Mrs. Mops: Mara Javier

  • Scrooge’s mother: Mariella Laurel

A Christmas Carol will be directed by Robbie Guevara, with Onyl Torres as assistant director and Daniel Bartolome as musical director.

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A Christmas Carol will be shown on December 3 to 4, 9 to 11 & 16 to 18, 21 & 22, 2016 at 8:00pm, and December 25, 2016 at 7:00pm, at Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

To stay updated on the ticket availability, just contact 586.7105, 0917.554.5560, Ticketworld at 891.9999, or email info@9workstheatrical.com.

A Christmas Carol is brought to you by 9 Works Theatrical & Globe Live, presented by MasterCard & HUAWEI, co-presented by FOX, Star World & Bonifacio High Street, with Makeup Forever as the official makeup partner, Uniquely Pinoy and MVNDO.


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