On-Demand Video: 'A Christmas Carol' in The Greene Space

The radio version airs at Dec. 21 at 8 pm, Dec. 24 at 10 pm and Dec. 25 at 6 pm on WQXR.

Monday, December 16, 2013

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On Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm, a star-studded cast from WQXR and WNYC presents a dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," live from The Greene Space. The event is sold-out but you can watch the webcast on this page.

→ Watch the Archived Webcast

The beloved holiday tradition returns with the help of Broadway and screen veteran Tony Roberts, who stars in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Roberts is perhaps best known for the six films he made with Woody Allen, including Annie Hall. As a special treat, Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion returns to provide live sound effects.

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. 

The story will be brought to life in The Greene Space with a stage reading performed by Roberts and WQXR and WNYC personalities and reporters, including: Jeff Spurgeon, John Hockenberry, Brooke Gladstone, Manoush Zomorodi  and Ilya Maritz. Directed by WQXR host Elliott Forrest. Script by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks.

Full Cast:

Scrooge – Tony Roberts
Bob Cratchit – Jeff Spurgeon
Child Singer – Sam Smithyman
Nephew – Graham Parker
Gentleman – Laura Walker
Marley – Brooke Gladstone
Mrs. Dilber – Sarah Montague
Christmas Past – Jenny Lawton
Fezziwig – John Schaefer
Belle – Manoush Zomorodi
Young Adult Scrooge - Ilya Maritz
Christmas Present – John Hockenberry
Mrs. Cratchit – Lorraine Mattox
Belinda – Jenny Lawton
Martha – Manoush Zomorodi
Peter Cratchit – Ilya Maritz
Tiny Tim – Sam Smithyman
Nephew’s Wife – Brooke Gladstone
Businessman 1 – John Hockenberry
Businessman 2 – John Schaefer
Old Joe – David Garland
Boy – Sam Smithyman

Narrator – Amy Eddings

Audio Play by Arthur Yorinks
Sound Effects by Fred Newman (A Prairie Home Companion)
Music Composed and Performed by John Forster
Directed by Elliott Forrest


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Comments [6]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Glad to see that Ms. Mattox is taking on the semi-controversial position as the underwriting voice for WNYC in her stride! Some people can't stand the interruptions and others have trouble with diction, timbre, pronunciation or fill-in-the blank but I am one who finds her voice fascinating and very welcome. (even when the recordings are less than optimal!)

Thanks for the treat!

Jan. 02 2014 06:16 PM
Michael Zullo from Upper Eastside, NYC

My wife and I are on holiday in Verona, Italy. It was as they say in Italy: a perfecto performance. We enjoyed very much Tony Roberts, the Green Space Team ,WNYC and WQXR hosts and everyone else. It was especially nice to see the faces of so many voices we hear back in Manhattan when we tune in (daily) and listen to WNYC.

Dec. 25 2013 07:41 AM

This year's performance was infinitely better than last year's! I have listened to it twice without video and viewed it twice with the video. Kudos to the efforts of the WQXR and WNYC participants and to Tony Roberts who manages to bring life to every character role that he steps into.

Dec. 22 2013 06:43 AM

Lovely online, but so much more fun being there!!

Dec. 21 2013 08:13 PM
Cat D'Arcy from Minot, N.D.

Kudos to Mr. Roberts and all the wonderful staff of WQXR and WNYC for a truly marvelous evening! Mr. Forrest did a wondrous job shepherding the cast through the story. Again, Kudos to all involved!

Dec. 17 2013 09:12 PM

Fun stuff! Can't wait for it to start. Almost as good as being there (& I can eat popcorn at home!)

Dec. 16 2013 06:56 PM

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