The 2021 Director's Cut of the holiday musical Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist—a modern take on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella—is streaming for free through January 16, 2022, from Streaming Musicals. Watch the production above.
The cast is led by & Juliet's Betsy Wolfe as Estella Scrooge, a descendent of her famous great great great great grandfather Ebenezer, with Clifton Duncan (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Philip ‘Pip’ Nickleby, Tony winner Lauren Patten (Jagged Little Pill) as Dawkins, Tony nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) as Mr. Merdle, Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (1776, Parade) as Marla Havisham, and Tony winner Danny Burstein (Moulin Rouge!) as Ebenezer Scrooge.
They are joined by Megan McGinnis (Little Women) as Betty Cratchit, Adam Halpin (Dear Evan Hansen) as Bob Cratchit, Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast) as Sissy Jupe, Tom Nelis (Girl from the North Country) as Dedlock, Em Grosland (Emotional Creature) as Smike, Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen) as Charity and Mercy, David Bryant (original Marius in Broadway’s Les Misérables) as Mr. Podsnap, Gabrielle Reid (Beautiful: The Carol King Musical) as Mrs. Pumblechook, Samuel Lee Roberts (Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular) as Mr. Flopson, Michael Francis McBride (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) as Mr. Dombey, Michele Lee (Nutcracker Rouge) as Mrs. Noggs, Kristen Faith Oei (The King and I) as Ms. Skiffins, Meg Gibson (The Gabriels) as Molly, William Youmans (Wicked) as Magwitch and Bagstock, Kevyn Morrow (Moulin Rouge!) as Jasper Jaggers, Joziyah Jean-Felix (The Lion King) as Young Pip, Brooklyn Shuck (Evil) as Young Essy, and Willow McCarthy (The Ferryman) as Tiny Tammy.
Estella Scrooge features a book by Tony winner John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby) and Tony nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice), music and lyrics by Gordon, and direction by Caird.
The musical follows Estella Scrooge (Wolfe), a young Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing who is haunted by three visitations. The 2020 production was captured live with one person on the stage at a time. Then, the in-person performances were merged via green screen and virtual sets.
Estella Scrooge features musical supervision by Brad Haak, choreography by Natalie Lomonte, and casting by Tara Rubin Casting. The director of photography and editor is Tyler Milliron with production art design by Zach Wilson, costume design by Somie Pak, hair and makeup design by Dena Olivieri, and props design by Katherine White.
Executive producers are Kevin Surace and for StreamingMusicals, Tom Polum, and Stacia Fernandez. Co-executive producers are Jeffrey Grove, Allan Herzog, and Dawn Smalberg/Bev Ragavoy.
Estella Scrooge was developed, in part, at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat with developmental productions at Rubicon Theatre Company.
Producers Michael Jackowitz of Witzend Productions, David Bryant and Michael Alden, in partnership with Streaming Musicals, present the free streaming.