The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents “A Christmas Carol in Harlem,” based on the timeless work by Charles Dickens. This family-friendly re-imagining of the classic Christmas tale will include some original music and classic holiday carols tinged with gospel, hip-hop, pop, and R&B influences, which celebrate the spirit of the season the Harlem way.
Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. It places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving, and prosperous community.
“A Christmas Carol in Harlem” touches on the issues that are affecting so many New Yorkers today such as gentrification and social inequality, but infuses it with humor and hope. Classical Theatre of Harlem veteran Anthony Vaughn Merchant leads the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge.
“A Christmas Carol in Harlem” now through Dec. 8. Performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm. Matinees at 1 pm on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets $45/$35/$25; $10 students and seniors. For all ages.
City College Center for the Arts’ Aaron Davis Hall (135th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattanville, www.cthny