By Laura Fries
And now for something completely different; Viewers sick of the same old same old, get ready for a show that will knock your Christmas stockings off. Director and choreographer Michael Sharp offers a hilarious holiday farce with “A Broadway Christmas Carol” at MetroStage. The timely show, which comes when most viewers are suffering from holiday fatigue, offers an infusion of Christmas spirit via the great white way.
Three cast members and a lone piano player perform 33 classic Broadway songs amid a bawdy and uproarious send-up the Dickens Christmas classic. Created by Kathy Feininger, the show features easily recognized show tunes with altered lyrics to fit the Dickens classic. It’s like Weird Al Yankovich does Scrooge. Full of “actors who are smug and pudding and humbug,” the play stars Sharp as Scrooge, who must learn the error of his miserly ways. But this ain’t your father’s Dickens, with ghosts that sound like Mae West, or Shirley Temple and songs like “It Sucks to be You.” Russell Sunday, billed as the man who isn’t Scrooge, plays the key male leads such Bob Cratchet, nephew Fred but offers the most laughs as the senile ghost of Christmas past.
Tracey Stephens, tagged only as the woman who isn’t Scrooge, morphs into a plethora of characters, each one funnier than the next. These two hard working actors tap dance around the stage and flaunt more costume changes than a Cher concert. Janine Sunday’s costumes and Jessica Lee Winfield’s set add the perfect touch to the colorful performance, along with a lively lighting display. Jacob Kidder, as the man behind the piano, offers great music and timely comic relief.
Although not an interactive show in the traditional sense, the actors often break through the third wall, talking to and winking at audience members. They end the night with a hearty sing-along with the entire crowd. If this doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, you might, as Scrooge suggests, be boiled in your own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through the heart.
Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 3 and 8, Sundays at 3 and 7, Nov. 15-Dec. 23 (no performance on Thanksgiving and a special added performance on Wed. Nov. 21 at 7 pm where all tickets are $35). For ticket reservations call 800 494-8497 or go online to www.metrostage.org. For information and group sales call 703-548-9044. MetroStage is located at 1201 North Royal St. in North Old Town Alexandria.