Film: A Christmas Carol The Musical

A Christmas Carol: The Musical is a 2004 Made-for-TV Movie that is based on a stage musical production that ran at Madison Square Garden from 1994-2003, which itself is based on a certain Charles Dickens novel. The film version features Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge, flanked by an All-Star Cast, and premiered on NBC. Disney veteran Alan Menken helped with the songs.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: 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.
  • California Doubling: 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.
  • Dark Reprise: 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 Triumphant Reprise when Scrooge is reformed.
  • Economy Cast: As in the corresponding stage play, members of an ensemble play a number of roles.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: Scrooge's pleas to God and the Ghost of Christmas Future, in "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today".
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: Tiny Tim calls what would have been his last Christmas "the best Christmas ever".
  • Let There Be Snow: It starts to snow just in time for the final number.
  • Magical Negro: The Ghost of Christmas Past is a jolly black man who offers Scrooge "free of charge... a bit of magic... on me".
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  • The Oner: Used in the opening to show many characters who will feature later.
  • Recurring Riff: "A Place Called Home", "Christmas Together", and "God Bless Us, Everyone" function as overarching themes, rather than isolated songs.
  • Shout-Out: The director used the dance scene from West Side Story to inspire a romantic scene at the Fezziwigs' ball.