Alan Menken

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A Christmas Carol (Stage)

Crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. Marley tells Scrooge he will encounter three Ghosts within the course of this night – Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. As they visit, they reveal Scrooge’s miserable existence to him; the missed opportunities of his younger years, the harsh and cruel ways of his current existence and what awaits him if a change in his ways is not imminent. He observes his bitterness and lack of humanity and must decide if his future course will lead to his demise or redemption.

 

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(L-R) Susan Stroman, Alan, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent

"God Bless Us Everyone"

Alan's Thoughts

When I was asked about writing a stage musical of “A Christmas Carol” for Madison Square Garden, little did I know the amazing doors it would open for me. Apparently I was the first artist approached in an attempt to build an all-star team, to write and mount a 90-minute musical in a 6000-seat space. I threw out some names I assumed we’d never get to do this, just to aim as high as possible; Mike Ockrent (who had just directed 2 hit musicals – “Me and My Girl “and “Crazy For You”), the adorable and talented choreographer Susan Stroman and Lynn Ahrens (a lyricist I admired who was a part of the exclusive collaboration of Ahrens and Flaherty – the writers of “Ragtime” and “Once on this Island”.) They all said “yes”. Wow!