A Christmas Carol Live From The Greene Space

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Christmas Carol Kevin Dooley (flickr)

On Thursday, Dec. 13, a star-studded cast from WQXR and WNYC presented a dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, live from The Greene Space. The sold-out event was webcast here.

The broadcast airs Monday, Dec. 24 at 9 pm and Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 6 pm.

The beloved holiday tradition returns with the help of Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox, who stars in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The timeless classic tells the story of sour and stingy Scrooge and his transformation after the visits of Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. A story that still touches the hearts of audiences worldwide, the novella has been adapted to film, opera — and now radio. 

Directed by WQXR's Elliott Forrest, the cast includes Naomi Lewin, Terrance McKnight and Midge Woolsey. Below is the full cast.


Scrooge – Brian Cox
Bob Cratchit – David Garland
Child Singer – Leo Balaban
Nephew – Arun Venugopal
Gentleman – Brian Lehrer
Marley – Terrance McKnight
Mrs. Dilber – Naomi Lewin
Christmas Past – Lorraine Mattox
Fezziwig – Rex Doane
Belle – Jenny Lawton
Young Adult Scrooge – Elliott Forrest
Christmas Present – Bob Hennelly
Mrs. Cratchit – Midge Woolsey
Belinda – Kerry Nolan
Martha – Jenny Lawton
Peter Cratchit – Arun Venugopal
Tiny Tim – Leo Balaban
Nephew’s Wife – Kerry Nolan
Businessman 1 – Bob Hennelly
Businessman 2 – Terrance McKnight
Old Joe – Rex Doane
Boy – Leo Balaban 

Narrator – Robert Krulwich
Adaption by Arthur Yorinks
Sound Effects performed by Fred Newman
Music Composed and Performed by John Forster
Directed by Elliott Forrest


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Comments [3]

andrea from Rosendale, NY

What a delightful holiday treat!

Dec. 16 2012 01:22 PM
Herbert A Bennett from Jersey City, NJ

My daughter Eleanor an I had really good fun attending your Christmas Carol tonight . A highlight, was to be able to have the great Brian Cox perform his magic, and perform in a art form now rarely done. To further the treat was the WQXR on air performers that used there skilled talents in this special production. The icing on the cake tonight was watching Fred Newman do his amazing sound effects. He is a treasure. Thank you for a wonderful way to start our familys Christamas season. Cheers to all.

Dec. 13 2012 11:31 PM

Excellent! I grew up on the Basil Rathbone version, and it still brings tears. So did this one.

As an aside, I named my youngest cockatiel Fezziwig. He's a great whistler -- and very jolly. My radio is always tuned to WQXR for my birds' benefit as well as mine. One day, I heard some excited, tuneful whistling. Upon entering the living room, I discovered that Fezziwig was happily whistling along to a Vivaldi recorder concerto.

Dec. 13 2012 08:06 PM

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