Theater: Comic Scrooge, Demonic Shlemiel

Dickens updated in Harlem, Singer in a magic shtetl

COMIN' UPTOWN Music by Garry Sherman; Book by Philip Rose and Peter Udell; Lyrics by Peter Udell

Just in time for the holidays, Broadway has a festive new ornament, an all-black musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord with a goatee and an Afro, Marley's ghost marches through eternity in sneakers, and the three Christmas ghosts are high-stepping disco dancers. Even Dickens' capacious imagination could probably not have envisioned such sequins and flash. Taken on its own good-natured...

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