Special Advance Opening Night Gala on Thursday, November 29th, 2012
The gala features the cast, directors, writers, and others behind this new independent movie shot in Chicago.
- 5:00pm – 6:30pm: VIP pre-reception at Freda’s Restaurant, 3755 N. Southport Ave. (Gold-level VIPs only)
- 6:30pm: Red carpet at the Music Box Theatre
- 7:00pm: Scrooge & Marley premiere
- 8:30pm: Q&A at the Music Box Theatre
- 9:00pm – 10:30pm: After-party at D’Agostino’s Restaurant (VIPs only)
The noon screening on Sunday, Dec 2nd is an ASL Interpreters Screening.
Scrooge & Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility, this reimagining of the classic story delves into the background of Ben Scrooge, the rich skinflint who hates the holidays, distrusts love and makes life miserable for everyone in the gay community over which he presides from his base, a music cabaret named Screws. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge (David Pevsner) is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley (Tim Kazurinsky), who wants to free him from his same bitter fate that awaits in purgatory. Scrooge is next visited by three ghosts – past, present and future – who endeavor to lead him back to love.
Returning to the 1970s days of his teen years by the saucy Ghost of Christmas Past (Ronnie Kroell), Scrooge bitterly recalls being kicked out of his home at the holidays for being gay, meeting the young rogue Jacob Marley, the fabulous disco impresario Fezziwig (Bruce Vilanch), and the luckless love of his life, Bill, whose love Scrooge eventually destroys in his pursuit of wealth. The jolly Ghost of Christmas Present (Megan Cavanagh) next whisks Scrooge on a joyous, music filled tour of current holiday sights, including a visit to a lively party hosted by Scrooge’s niece Freda (Rusty Schwimmer) and her expectant partner Mary. An eye-opening stop at the home of Scrooge’s long suffering assistant Bob Cratchit (David Moretti), who with his partner Drew is parent to five children including Tiny Tim, leads to the dreaded appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Future (JoJo Baby) whose vision of Scrooge’s terrible destiny leads to his belated redemption and a heartwarming and surprising concluding twist on Dickens’ tale.
Like the traditional, story driven holiday classics that inspired it, Scrooge & Marley is enacted with heart, comedy and music, and the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. Shot entirely in Chicago, the movie is based on an original script by Ellen Stoneking, Knight and Timothy Imse and is narrated by Tony award winner Judith Light (Ugly Betty, Saving Grace). It features original songs by Lisa McQueen and Knight, who directed along with Peter Neville. Tracy Baim (Hannah Free) and David Strzepek (Jamie & Jesse Are Not Together, Foodgasm) are the film’s producers.