The 21st annual production of Pittsburgh CLO
's A Musical Christmas Carol features returning favorites and a host of exciting new cast members, led by Pittsburgh's own Tom Atkins
as Ebenezer Scrooge. The show opens tonight, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at Atkins and the cast onstage in the photos below!
Tom Atkins (Ebenezer Scrooge) returns for a fifth consecutive appearance in A Musical Christmas Carol. Mr. Atkins is perhaps best known for his numerous film and television credits, including "Escape from New York," "The Fog," "Creepshow," "Lethal Weapon," "Bob Roberts," "Striking Distance" and "My Bloody Valentine 3D," as well as "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files," "Homicide" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A Pittsburgh native, he has performed in numerous Pittsburgh Public Theater Productions, most notably starring as Art Rooney Sr. in The Chief. On Broadway, he appeared in The Changing Room and The Front Page.
Paul Domencic (Young Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future) is a graduate of The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and has appeared regionally with Colonial Theatre, St. Michael's Playhouse, The Depot Theatre, St. Vincent Summer Theatre and as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night at Mountain Playhouse. He has also appeared on several daytime soaps.
Lisa Ann Goldsmith (Mrs. Cratchit) has performed with many notable companies regionally and Off-Broadway, and has appeared locally with Pittsburgh Public Theater, The REP, Quantum Theatre, and Unseam'd Shakespeare. She has directed for Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park, Protean Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and The Microscopic Opera Company, and has numerous film and television credits.
Tim Hartman (Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for the 15th time. Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities and Finian's Rainbow. Pittsburgh roles include Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantastiks, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Other theater credits include Miles Gloriosus in …Forum, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Falstaff in Henry IV, C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands and The Big Bang at the CLO Cabaret. Tim has also appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Ziegfeld in Funny Girl with Anna Gasteyer, FDR in Annie and 24 characters in the one man show The Cotton Patch Gospel. Film credits include "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," "The Mothman Prophecies" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh."
Jeff Howell (Bob Cratchit) is a veteran of numerous productions of A Musical Christmas Carol. He was most recently seen in the 2012 Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season productions of Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and Sunset Boulevard at the Benedum Center. His other Pittsburgh CLO credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Bells Are Ringing, Chess, Singing In the Rain and The Most Happy Fella. Local credits include Candide for Quantum Theatre and Show Boat with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Krell (Marley) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol for the 11th time. He is a veteran of over 20 Pittsburgh CLO productions, including Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard, Jekyll & Hyde, Curtains, Oliver!, Les Misérables, The Full Monty, 1776, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific and Anything Goes. Mr. Krell starred in Quantum Theatre's production of When the Rain Stops Falling and has also appeared in productions for City Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theater, among others.
Erin Krom (Missy Watkins/Martha Cratchit) is a Point Park University graduate joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Her New York theater credits include: Side Show, My Illustrious Wasteland, Spokes and Living Room Odyssey. Regionally, she has appeared in Private Lives, Peter Pan, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Red and many others with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse and City Theatre. Her film and television credits include: Men in Black 3, MildrEd Pierce and "You're the One That I Want," where she was a finalist for the role of Sandy in Grease.
Simon Nigam (Tiny Tim) is a Pittsburgh CLO Academy student and seven year-old first grader at Falk Laboratory School, making his Pittsburgh CLO debut.
Amanda Serra (Ghost of Christmas Past/Peg) returns to the cast of A Musical Christmas Carol for the 12th time. Her other Pittsburgh CLO credits include The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly! and Me and My Girl. In New York, she has appeared in Disembodied Heads, Dialing For Donna, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Ripper – the Musical.
Tim Gregory (Director) is back for a fifth year directing A Musical Christmas Carol. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Provision Theater Company in Chicago, where some of his directing credits include Provision Theater's Jefferson Award–Nominated productions of A Christmas Carol, The Hiding Place and the critically-acclaimed production CS Lewis On Stage.
McCrae Hardy (Musical Director/Keyboards) returns to A Musical Christmas Carol after a five-year absence. He previously served as music director/conductor for the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, NC from 1984-2005 as well as numerous other theatres. Currently, he is the Conductor for The Triangle Youth Symphony. He holds the Raleigh Medal of Arts "for extraordinary achievement in the arts."
Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) Recent work includes Bolero for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play for PICT, and POP! for City Theatre. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.
The stage manager for this production will be Fredric H. Orner. This production features original scenery by D Martyn Bookwalter. For the full cast list and bios, click HERE.
A Musical Christmas Carol will be presented at the Byham Theater (6th & Fort Duquesne Boulevard) tonight, December 7-23. Tickets range from $28.75 - $60.75 with half-price tickets for children 3-14 and are now available by calling 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or at the Theater Square Box Office.
Photo Credit: Matt Polk
Jeffrey Howell as Bob Cratchit, Simon Nigam as Tiny Tim and Tom Atkins as Scrooge
Cast of Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol
Daniel Krell as the Ghost of Jacob Marley
Cast of Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol
Tim Hartman and Terry Wickline as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig and the Cast
Jonathan Visser as Train Vendor, Simon Nigam as Tiny Tim and Jeffrey Howell as Bob Cratchit
Cast of Carolers in Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol