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 A Holiday Tradition Returns to MetroStage

A Broadway Christmas Carol

Nov. 21-Dec. 22, 2013

 

Nov. 6, 2013:  Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, will return to MetroStage for a fourth season for the holidays Nov. 21-Dec. 22. It has been produced the past three seasons and has become a holiday tradition here at MetroStage. Prior to 2009, it had played to sold out houses at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, for seven consecutive years ending in 2004.

Michael Sharp is pleased to be returning to MetroStage to direct and choreograph this production for a third season. Mr. Sharp performed Scrooge the past two years, was seen in MetroStage’s production of Side by Side by Sondheim (Helen Hayes nomination) at the Omni Shoreham in 1996, and opened the new theatre in 2001 in Starting Here, Starting Now. He has also been seen at Signature Theatre in Sweeney Todd and Grand Hotel (Helen Hayes Award), and many others. He currently lives in Covington, Virginia.

Howard Breitbart will return to MetroStage for a second year to music direct and play The Man Behind the Piano. He music directed The Last Five Years and Closer Than Ever at MetroStage, and he played for A Broadway Christmas Carol at Round House for several years. He has toured with The Capitol Steps for over two decades. On the cabaret circuit he has played at Signature Theatre the "Lost Songs" series about the lost theater songs of different decades, a series directed by Matt Gardiner. The Everyman Theater cabarets covered the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin.

The cast features Peter Boyer who is playing Scrooge, returning to a role he played in the 2010 production at MetroStage. He has been seen at Wayside Theatre in Groucho: A Life in Revue, playing Groucho Marx; at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival in Comedy of Errors, as Dromio of Syracuse; at Ford's Theatre in 1776, as Dr. Josiah Bartlett; and in A Modest Suggestion, an independent film.

Tracey Stephens is happy to be returning to MetroStage as the Woman Who Isn't Scrooge for the third season. She was last seen in Imagination Stage’s premiere of Lulu & the Brontosaurus as the glamorous Tigress. She also is a member of The Capitol Steps (13 years and counting) playing Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Kim Jong Ill, Sarah Palin, a disgruntled government worker and tea-party extraordinaire. She understudied The Last Five Years at MetroStage and has studied with the Groundlings in L.A.

Russell Sunday also returns this season to play the Man Who Isn’t Scrooge. He has been seen at MetroStage in Closer Than Ever and Musical of Musical (The Musical!). He has also been seen in Chess, Sweeney Todd, Les Miz, and Brother Russia at Signature Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at Olney, Jerry Springer the Opera at Studio, and many lead roles at Toby’s Dinner Theatre where he received a Helen Hayes nomination for Jekyll in Jekyll and Hyde.

Performances for A Broadway Christmas Carol will be Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 3 and 8, Sundays at 3 and 7, Nov. 21-Dec. 22 with all tickets $50 (no performance on Thanksgiving and a special added performance on Wed. Nov. 27 at 7 pm where all tickets are specially priced at $35). Thursday Nov. 21 will be a PWYC. Press night is Saturday Nov. 23 at 8 pm. For ticket reservations call 800 494-8497 or go online to www.metrostage.org. For information and group sales call 703-548-9044. MetroStage is located at 1201 North Royal St. in North Old Town Alexandria. There is a free parking lot and fine dining nearby. The theatre is handicap accessible.

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