42nd Street Moon, who generally presents little known Broadway musicals of the past, is now presenting a brand new, charming musical for the holiday season. Scrooge in Love! is a delightful and charismatic musical about everyone’s favorite yuletide grumbler, Ebenezer Scrooge. Larry Grossman, the composer of Snoopy! and Minnie’s Boys, has written a most enjoyable score that sometimes reminds me of Richard Rodgers. There are sparkling lyrics by Kellen Blair and an entrancing book by Duane Poole. The songs are nice hummable tunes. Duane Poole captures the magic of the Dickens story while finding effective ways of filling it out. The incomparable Jason Graae brilliantly stars as the sourpuss Scrooge.
Only in San Francisco will theatregoers find the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and, yes, even Future dancing together on one stage. The mysterious figure clad in all black bops its head back and forth in just one of many surprising delights awaiting audiences throughout new musical “Scrooge in Love!” 42nd Street Moon gives the “Christmas Carol” sequel a perfect premiere at the intimate Eureka Theatre, now through December 13.
A year after the original haunting, Ebenezer Scrooge boasts to Jacob Marley of his newfound reputation as a beloved benefactor. But Scrooge has one more lesson to learn, Marley states, and he cannot find true happiness without it. The three ghosts of Christmas return to help Ebenezer learn that “You Can’t Put a Price on Love.”
November 13 – December 14, 2014
Based on Truman Capote’s touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930’s. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy’s friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. It’s a festive tale whose songs celebrate the simple pleasures of country life, friendship and the joy of giving during the Christmas season.
“It is an entertaining and heartwarming theatrical work that is just perfect for the holidays.” — San Jose Mercury News
Airs Wednesday, October 15, 2014 on The Hallmark Movie Channel
Budding photographer Chloe (Meghan Ory) comes from a family of failed romances. At a local flea market, she stumbles upon an old photo album from the 1970s, chronicling the ideal romance of a happy couple (Art Hindle and Adrienne Barbeau). Unable to find her own “true love,” she sets out to find the couple in the album and prove that true love exists. Along the way, she meets Gabe Sinclair (Luke Macfarlane), a mysterious, but charming bartender, who seizes the opportunity to join Chloe’s mission and soon finds himself falling in love with her. With limited resources, the two go on an adventure, searching for clues that will lead them to the couple and hopefully to true love. As the search continues, Chloe begins taking an interest in Gabe, but won’t let these feelings distract her from her mission to find the couple. Will Chloe learn to give up her fear of falling in love and finally find true happiness?