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"It's year 19 for David Coffee as Scrooge, whose remarkable performance captures every turn of Scrooge's psyche, naughtily humorous, cynically sour, mourning his lost love, and ecstatically embracing his salvation as he is saved by three determined spirits.
A sold out opening night audience greets Coffee with enthusiastic applause on his first entrance, and he doesn't disappoint.
Entertaining and often moving reactions to the misadventures of Scrooge are presented with delicious comic timing as Coffee continues to grow with the role."
-Sally Applegate,
"If there's a better stage version of Charles Dickens' perennial holiday ghost tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, than the one produced by the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass., I haven't seen it.
Perhaps it's the times, or perhaps it is David Coffee's vigorous and vile sincerity when spitting out the rancorous words, "let the poor die and be done with it", but this time around Scrooge's antipathy toward London's less fortunate seems even more hateful and unfeeling than ever. Has Coffee fed his character's dark side with an endless loop of closed-door speeches about the 47 percent? It sure feels that way, because this year his Scrooge emerges more plainly than ever as a card-carrying member of the 1 percent. Once he sees the light and converts, though, watch out! He quite literally becomes "as giddy as a schoolboy." He bounces on his bed as if it were a trampoline and opens his coin purse with giggling glee. Hateful, pained, vulnerable and lonely - then redeemed and reborn with an open heart and youthful elan - Coffee may very well be delivering his greatest Scrooge yet.
Coffee, especially, now in his 19th year as Scrooge at NSMT, finds new layers of understanding. His anguish is deeper, his losses more profound, and his joy more healing than ever before. As timeless as Dickens' story is, Coffee and company are the ones who make A CHRISTMAS CAROL worth revisiting every year."
- Jan Nargi,
"It seems I say this every year: North Shore Music Theatre's beloved classic holiday production of musical ghost story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, has superseded itself - again. Jon Kimbell's musical-dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale of 19th century London skinflint, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his spiritual awakening and redemption towards Christmas and his fellow man is, by far, the season's non-pareil version.
A huge slice of that magic in this 29-strong cast lies in Arlington, Texas star, David Coffee, who has flawlessly performed the role of Scrooge for 18 years, but freshens it with his grudging/gleeful metamorphosis."
- Sheila Barth,
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Maybe just tweak it a little. There's many good reasons that, since it debuted in 1989, the North Shore Music Theatre's adaptation of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL has attracted more than one million people and become the theater's signature production.
It features a generous helping of period and original music, lovely choreography, special effects designed to lift you out of your seat, and a timeless, well-acted story.
And, oh, yes, David Coffee playing the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge; this month marks the 19th time he's playing Scrooge on the NSMT stage.
The Texan has become a holiday icon of the first order, so much so that he gets applause just for entering, before issuing a single "Bah humbug", as he entertains a whole new generation of theater-goers since he first played the part.
Later, a gleeful Coffee can't stop giggling as he really discovers the spirit of "I don't know what to do. I'm as light as a feather."
It tugged at the heart then, just as it does now.
After the curtain call subsided, Coffee took his traditional "victory lap" around the stage greeting old friends and new."
- Rich Fahey,
"David Coffee returns in triumph as the definitive Ebenezer Scrooge for his 19th time, leading 28 other talented performers in this musical ghost story. This show which is a yearly tradition is welcomed back this year by a very appreciative audience who leap to their feet for a spontaneous standing ovation at the curtain call. Bravo!
David Coffee leads this teriffic cast as he plays Ebenezer Scrooge at NSMT for the 19th time as well as playing the part many times since high school. David delivers a tour-de-force performance as the stingy miser, making him the quintessential Scrooge. His many comic moments include yelling at Fred, Cratchit, the almsmen and the carolers to shut up when they are singing. His dramatic scenes occur with Fan's death, the break up with Belle, the death of Tiny Tim and the transformation scenes. These are the moments that the pathos pours across the footlights, leaving the audience in tears at David's gut wrenching performance. The audience witnesses how Scrooge becomes a better man by learning from the past, present and future. His transformation from stingy miser to charitable benefactor is splendid. His exuberant behavior is magnificent to behold. All these qualities make David the definitive Scrooge, now and in many years to come.
- Tony Annicone,
Highlights this year include:
Visiting with Gerald Dickens (Charles Dickens' Great Grandson) after his performance at NSMT!
Mother and Patsy Reser traveled to Massachusetts and joined the Burkes, Joan Dexter and her grandson, Ethan, and me for dinner at the Wentworth Resort in New Hampshire.
Mother and me with the gingerbread house at the Wentworth.
George Dvorsky, Sandy Singer, Mother, Patsy and I joined the Farfaras' for dinner. Here's Peter, Peter Ross, George and me enjoying their (and Phyllis') beautiful home.
2012 marked Jay Daly's 20th season, Cheryl McMahon and my 19th season and George Dvorsky's 15th. We also had 4 members from the 1989 orignal season company: George Dvorsky, Cheryl McMahon, (Reading's Own) Lisa Ann (Leigh) Barret and our director, Ari Knapp.
As you can read from the above reviews, it was a joyous reunion. Our new and returning company members gave their full dedication to keeping this tradition alive for our appreciative audiences. And our loyal audiences continue to make this a tradition worth keeping. Many thanks to all!