"When you're a theater critic, you see A CHRISTMAS CAROL quite a bit in December. There's always one extravaganza, one musical, one solo-show and almost always one update where there's an Ebenezer Scrooge (or even an Eleanor Scrooge) living in the present day. And yet nobody in the update says, 'Hey, you've got the same name as that Dickens' character.' I wondered if there were any way to update A CHRISTMAS CAROL where this wouldn't be an issue. Once I started thinking along those lines, I envisioned a character who isn't named Scrooge and an entirely new plot in which the arts makes this old man a better person."
Peter Filichia (Playwright)
is the theater critic emeritus for the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey and News 12 New Jersey. He writes a weekly column for Musical Theatre International. A frequent contributor to theater publications and the writer of many cast-album CD liner notes, he lives in New York City.
Before joining the Theatre World Awards in 1996 as host and head of the selection committee, Filichia served four terms as president of the Drama Desk. He has served on an assessment panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music and the musical theater judge for the ASCAP Awards program.
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