November 8, 2023

Scrooge and Company Return to McCarter Theatre Stage

GOD BLESS US EVERYONE: Joel McKinnon Miller stars as Ebeneezer Scrooge, carrying Rafaella Mousa as Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol,” coming to McCarter Theatre December 6-24.

McCarter Theatre presents A Christmas Carol starring Joel McKinnon Miller, familiar from his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Big Love, as Ebeneezer Scrooge. The Charles Dickens classic is adapted and directed by Lauren Keating, with musical direction by Chris Frisco and choreography by Emily Maltby.

“Since 1980, McCarter’s A Christmas Carol has been a beacon of holiday cheer and a celebration of our community,” said Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen. “I think a lot about what it means to connect across differences. This story reminds us that it’s not too late to change or to welcome someone back to the table. If Scrooge can change, if his community can give him another chance — then just imagine what is possible for us. Whether it is your first time attending or your 40th, thank you for gathering with us to tell this story.”

Audiences can expect new special effects, music, dancing, and a new lobby experience featuring a Tree of Giving, local school and community choirs on select dates, photo ops, themed drinks, and more.

“So many members of this community have shared their first McCarter Carol memory with me from when they were young,” said Executive Director Martin Miller. “It’s incredible to see them now as parents giving the same gift to their kids, years later, alongside new families finding their place around the table with the Cratchits for the first time.”

Preview performances are December 6 and 7. Opening night is December 8. A relaxed performance is December 10 at 1 p.m. An American Sign Language interpreted performance is December 16 at 1 p.m., and an open caption and audio described performance is December 17 at 1 p.m.

Tickets for performances start at $35 and are now on sale at or can be purchased by calling (609) 258-2787. Groups of at least 10 can save 10 percent off tickets and groups of 20 or more can save 15 percent (zone restrictions apply.) Princeton University students can access free tickets with Passport to the Arts using code PUTIGER. Visit High school and college students can access $25 tickets in advance with code STUTIX. Tickets can be picked up prior to the performance with a valid student ID.

There will be caroling in the lobby on December 7 by the Princeton Apprentice Choir from Westrick Academy, on December 15 by the Allentown High School Choir, on December 20 by the Princeton Girlchoir from Westrick Academy, and December 21 by the Princeton Young Men’s Ensemble from Westrick Academy.

The eighth annual A Christmas Carol Family Read-Aloud is on Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. That event is free, and all reading levels are welcome.