Charles H. Stewart

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a musical with songs written by Alan Menken (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). The musical is based on Charles Dickens' famous 1843 novella of the same name. Scrooge's neglected fiancée Emily was originally named Belle in the book and other adaptations. The show was presented annually at Madison Square Garden from 1994 to 2003.


The story is about an old bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Money has been the most important thing in his life and he never paid attention to any other relation. He undergoes a profound experience of redemption a night before Christmas when his dead partner haunts him along with three other spirits one after the other.

Scrooge's friend Jacob Marley informs him that he may face the same fate like him after death because of his miserliness and contempt for others unless he changes his ways.


The first spirit, Ghost of Past, appears and takes him on a journey to some of the happiest and saddest experiences in his life. The second spirit, Ghost of Present, makes him see the meager Christmas celebration of the Crachit family and an expected early death for their crippled son. He also learns about his nephew's strong belief that his uncle will change someday. The third spirit, Ghost of Yet to Come, provides him the knowledge that he can escape his fate and Tiny Tim's immature death only if he changes himself. All of these circumstances make Scrooge change his nature at last and revert to the kind, generous person he was in his youth.


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