From the Muppets to Mr. Magoo, Charles Dickens’s redemptive holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, has been adapted in many incarnations. 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.
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“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 regional premiere of Moulin Scrooge opens tonight at 8 p.m. with two-for-one tickets 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.
Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2012