''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 Creator/KelseyGrammer as Scrooge, flanked by an AllStarCast, and premiered on Creator/{{NBC}}. Disney veteran Music/AlanMenken helped with the songs.



!! This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The Past sequence rewrites Scrooge's childhood to more closely resemble Charles Dickens's own. Rather than being from a well-off family but neglected in boarding school, in this version he came from a poor family, his father was sent to debtor's prison, and he was forced into child labor in a shoe factory. This version also gives us more of Young Scrooge's increasingly ruthless business dealings, showing him rejecting the Fezziwigs' application for a loan, and later shows the death of Jacob Marley as well.
* AdaptationalNameChange: The name of Young Scrooge's fiancée is changed from Belle to Emily. This was allegedly done because Alan Menken had already composed [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast a high-profile musical with an ingenue named Belle in it.]]
* AndYouWereThere: The actors who play the three spirits first appear in early scenes as a lamplighter, a charity show barker, and a blind beggar woman, respectively, who speak to Scrooge but are rudely brushed aside. It's later made clear that these people ''were'' the spirits in disguise.
* CatchYourDeathOfCold: This version of Bob Cratchit has a cold and sneezes constantly due to Scrooge's stinginess with the coal in his office.
* {{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.
* GenderFlip: The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Yet to Come are both of AmbiguousGender in the book, but obviously female here. Yet to Come is also portrayed as an ethereal elderly WomanInWhite, rather than the dark hooded Grim Reaper-like figure of tradition.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: All over the Fezziwigs' party.
* HotterAndSexier: Jane Krakowski as a leggy, scantily-clad Ghost of Christmas Past, who even does a pole dance on Scrooge's bedpost.
* 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 Present is a jolly black man who offers Scrooge "free of charge... a bit of magic... on me".
* MsFanservice: The Ghost Of Christmas Past in this version is a young blonde woman with a ''very'' short dress that shows that ShesGotLegs.
* TheMusical
* TheOner: Used in the opening to show many characters who will feature later.
* RaceLift: The Ghost of Christmas Present is black.
* RecurringRiff: "A Place Called Home", "Christmas Together", and "God Bless Us, Everyone" function as overarching themes, rather than isolated songs.
* ScaryBlackMan: The Ghost Of Christmas Present, when he's not being jolly.
* ShoutOut: The director used the dance scene from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' to inspire a romantic scene at the Fezziwigs' ball.
** A musical passage during the same ball briefly quotes "Thank You Very Much" from ''Scrooge (1970)'', to which this adaptation is arguably a SpiritualSuccessor.
* TragicBromance: Unlike other versions, this ''Carol'' portrays Scrooge and Jacob Marley as having been genuinely good friends. The first thing Marley's ghost does upon appearing is burst into tears and hug Scrooge, and later, Scrooge is distraught at having to relive Marley's death in the Past sequence. Ruthless though he already was beforehand, we get the sense that Marley's death was the last straw that fully hardened Scrooge's heart.