The world premiere of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol has arrived in Boston!
Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Set during the 1930s in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this incredibly heartwarming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season. As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner and three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have.
There have been many adaptations of Dickens’s tale, but Dolly Parton puts a warm and homespun charm on his ghostly tale.
Peter Colburn is excellent as the miserly Scrooge. Colburn shows Scrooge’s Christmas-hating side, yet he also gives brief hints that he is not beyond redemption.
Audience favorite was Mary Tanner as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Her lively and hilarious performance drew the most laughs.
The supporting cast was just wonderful even though the entire production suffered with audio issues the entire night.
You may not walk out remembering any of the songs written by Dolly Parton for production, but while in the moment each of the songs fits perfectly.
For a story that was written back in 1843, it still feels relevant in 2019. Like Scrooge, we all need to learn to look out at our community and consider how we might help those in need.
The winter weather may be cold but this production of a Christmas Carol will warm your heart.
This production is produced and presented by Red Tail Entertainment and Paul T. Couch.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2h 30m (includes intermission)
Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” continues through December 29th at Emerson Colonial Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com