From the Muppets to Mr. Magoo, Charles Dickens’s redemptive holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, has been adapted in many in-carnations. But the WreckingBall Theater Lab and Band of Toughs musical spectacular Moulin Scrooge is perhaps the first to take Ebenezer Scrooge to a Parisian cabaret. Written by The Colbert Report’s Peter Gwinn and Chicago/NYC musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, the musical combines the Dickens classic with Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge.
“It’s not your typical holiday fare in regard to the warm, fuzzy, feel-good sort of musical holiday show,” says director/producer Meridith Grundei. “It’s a little bit more ridiculous.” In this version, Scrooge runs a cabaret where meek family man Bob Cratchit is reimagined as a starving artist who falls in love with a dancer dying of consumption. Complete with musical numbers featuring the Christmas ghosts (who double as cabaret dancers), a low-flying trapeze and Tiny Kim, a wannabe dancer held back by her disability, this show offers a unique, funny alternative to the traditional holiday productions.
The Denver premiere of Moulin Scrooge opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs through December 1 at Boulder’s Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street; it then moves to Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street in Denver, December 7 through 22. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students; a $40 dinner-and-show package is available for the Boulder performances. Find details — and tickets — at www.wreckingballtheaterlab.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 7. Continues through Dec. 22, 2012