''A Christmas Carol: The Musical'' is a 2004 MadeForTVMovie that is based on a stage musical production that ran at Madison Square Garden from 1994-2003, which itself is based on [[Literature/AChristmasCarol a certain Charles Dickens novel]]. The film version features Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge, flanked by an AllStarCast, and premiered on Creator/{{NBC}}. Disney veteran Alan Menken helped with the songs.


!! This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The Past sequence shows Scrooge's father being sent to debtor's prison, Scrooge rejecting the Fezziwigs' application for a loan, and the death of Jacob Marley.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Shot in Budapest, Hungary.
* {{Corpsing}}: The part where the Ghost of Christmas Present sings along with the others at Fred's house was ad-libbed. Scrooge bows his head at this. Kelsey Grammer looks ready to start laughing, but he manages to save the take.
* DarkReprise: The Christmas Yet to Come sequence is a medley of dark reprises: "Jolly Good Time", "Link By Link", "You Mean More to Me", "Nothing to Do With Me", and "God Bless Us, Everyone".
** The last two songs, along with "A Place Called Home", get a TriumphantReprise when Scrooge is reformed.
* EconomyCast: As in the corresponding stage play, members of an ensemble play a number of roles.
* IAmBecomingSong: Scrooge's pleas to God and the Ghost of Christmas Future, in "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today".
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Tiny Tim calls what would have been his last Christmas "the best Christmas ever".
* LetThereBeSnow: It starts to snow just in time for the final number.
* MagicalNegro: The Ghost of Christmas Past is a jolly black man who offers Scrooge "free of charge... a bit of magic... on me".
* TheMusical
* TheOner: Used in the opening to show many characters who will feature later.
* RecurringRiff: "A Place Called Home", "Christmas Together", and "God Bless Us, Everyone" function as overarching themes, rather than isolated songs.
* ShoutOut: The director used the dance scene from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' to inspire a romantic scene at the Fezziwigs' ball.