Challenges the Typical Holiday Show
With "What The Dickens?!"

What if Charlie Brown grew up to be Ebenezer Scrooge?

This holiday season, ImprovBoston will give audiences the chance to ask precisely that when they witness the beloved Charles M. Schulz characters in a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. "What The Dickens?!," a musical comedy, runs December 15 - 23 at ImprovBoston located at 40 Prospect Street in Boston.

This sharp parody blending the Peanuts characters with the Dickens literary classic sprang to life after its creators, Adam Brooks and TC Cheever, used the framework of A Christmas Carol for a long form improv show. In 2005, the duo collaborated again to turn it into a musical.

During the creative process, Cheever began to think about how watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" each year is a modern holiday tradition. He subsequently considered how to create something that was more than just another adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

In this musical, Charlie Brown is Scrooge. Lucy appears as the Jacob Marley character. The Red Haired Girl is the woman Scrooge loved and lost. And Sally and Linus appear as Scrooge’s nephew and his wife, who haven’t given up on the curmudgeon. Marcie and Peppermint Patty take on the role of Bob Cratchit and his wife. Their adopted son is Tiny Tim.

With music by Brooks and Cheever, the book is by Cheever who also directs the show. His cast includes: Mathieu Gagné, Kara Gelormini. Katie Preisig. Emily Laverdiere. David Marino, Deana Criess Tolliver. Bobby Smithney. Bill Barnert, Claire Smithney, Dan Chapman and Sophia Shrand.

Cheever commented, “I like 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' because it's simultaneously simple and audacious. At our show, audiences can expect a loving parody of both Charlie Brown and Dickens' immortal classic, with a lot of heart and great songs.”

ImprovBoston is New England‘s home for comedy. Since 1982, ImprovBoston has used a fresh, funny approach to improv comedy, showcasing today’s best performers and training tomorrow’s stars.

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