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November 7, 1993 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday recalling the 150th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, perhaps the most enduring children's holiday story. The stamps include the characters in Charles Dickens' classic: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and, of course, Scrooge himself. Dickens was 31 when he completed A Christmas Carol in early December of 1843 after just six weeks of writing. He already was the acclaimed author of such works as Oliver Twist, and in its first week, A Christmas Carol, decorated in red binding and gilt design, sold 6,000 copies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1992 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
Good old Dickens, and good old Danceteller, which re-creates his A Christmas Carol so faithfully year after year. Beginning its ninth season Thursday at the Painted Bride Art Center, where it runs through Wednesday, Danceteller's rendition is as fresh as ever. Conceived and choreographed by Trina Collins, this Carol is a model of how dance and the spoken word can coexist happily on the same stage. So artful is the combination of movement and speech, the viewer is often unaware of where one leaves off and the other begins.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1991 | By Clifford A. Ridley, Inquirer Theater Critic
Until this week, if you can believe it, the People's Light and Theatre Company had existed in Malvern for 17 years without ever staging a production of Charles Dickens' gift to the resident-theater exchequer, A Christmas Carol. But then, I had existed for 56 years without ever seeing one. An extra year probably wouldn't have hurt either of us. People's Light has been on something of an artistic roll lately, burnishing its reputation with ambitious adaptations of Dreiser's Sister Carrie and Homer's Achilles.
NEWS
December 25, 1997 | By Chris Satullo
The story so far: Software billionaire Quentin Stiles has been visited by four holograms that emerged from his bedside computer overnight on the day before Christmas. The visitors - his dead partner Simon Charles, and the Viruses of Christmas Past, Present and Future - have tried to show how his single-minded focus on intellect, computers and money has affected those around him, including a top manager at Mega-ware Intl. who has a son so immersed in computers that he has cut off almost all interaction with other people.
NEWS
December 21, 2012
* MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC 10. I USED TO BE a little embarrassed that my favorite Scrooge was Mister Magoo. The adult choice, I knew, was Alastair Sim, the Scottish actor whose 1951 portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is considered the gold standard for holiday-movie misers. Sim, who has one of the more entertaining entries on Wikipedia - really, you should check it out - is probably a worthier candidate than, say, Bill Murray, a fascinating actor whose "Scrooged" wasn't exactly one for the ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2010
DOCTOR WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL. 9 p.m. tomorrow, BBC America. BY NOW YOU may have had your fill of pseudo-Scrooges and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come Calling in a Very Special Holiday Movie. I know I have. But if you can handle one more wrinkle on the Charles Dickens classic, BBC America has a treat tomorrow, as it premieres "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" on Christmas Day - the same day Britons will be seeing it for the first time. Michael Gambon ("The King's Speech")
NEWS
December 23, 1986 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Two versions of A Christmas Carol and a couple of first-run offerings make this an unusually satisfying Christmas-week viewing night. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS NOVA (8 p.m., Ch. 12) - Tonight's title is Are You Swimming in a Sewer? and part of the program takes place in Philadelphia. The city, however, comes out smelling like a rose. That's because the City of Philadelphia sells its sewage to eager buyers - a solution that contrasts sharply with some of the practices in other major metropolitan areas.
NEWS
January 5, 2004
THE PA. Lottery Commission had a TV commercial showing a group of costumed carolers singing the traditional Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas. " Only they avoid singing the word "Christmas" and instead sing "On the first day of the holiday season . . . " It is one thing to insult Christians by ignoring and avoiding the "C-word. " But it's adding insult to injury when you use a Christmas carol to stimulate consumerism, and then change the words for the sake of political correctness.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1999 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Inspecting Carol is a truly funny comedy for about a single 15-minute stretch of its nearly 2 1/2-hour length, but that one interlude, as presented in the Bristol Riverside Theatre production, is itself almost worth the price of admission. The funny part comes in the form of a spoof of that venerable holiday theatrical favorite A Christmas Carol. It's a hilarious bit of craziness and, for a critic who has sat through more productions of the Dickens tale than any sane adult would submit to voluntarily, it's one of the most refreshing and enjoyable Christmas Carols I have witnessed.
NEWS
July 9, 1996 | by Richard Huff, For the Daily News
Yes, there can be a Christmas in July. Cable's TBS is going to prove it today by turning its schedule over to Christmas specials, Christmas movies and Christmas-themed episodes of such series as "Little House on the Prairie," "Bewitched," "Gilligan's Island" and "Family Matters. " The Yuletide cheer gets under way at 6:05 a.m. and will continue until 4:05 a.m. tomorrow. In fact, the only things missing will be mistletoe and, of course, cold weather. The day kicks off with the animated "Captain Planet and the Planeteers," which features an episode titled "Ghost of Porkaloin Past," a takeoff of the classic "A Christmas Carol.
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December 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Nothing else gets Janet Page into the holiday spirit like a visit to the Kimmel Center for a Christmas concert with the Philly Pops. "It's so pretty and festive," the boomer show-goer said. "And the Philly Pops program is grand. " A hop-skip away at the Academy of Music, Barbara Edelstein was shepherding granddaughter Audrey Melnick, 12, plus pal Samantha Woolworth, on their seventh annual visit to the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker . "I never get tired of the dancing," Melnick said.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
In "The Night Before," Seth Rogen attempts the first bros before ho, ho, hos comedy. He plays Isaac, who tries, along with high-school buddies Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to maintain a fraying tradition of spending Christmas Eve together, though Isaac now has a family and Chris is a famous pro athlete. The odd dude out is Ethan, who has a botched music career and works on the fringes of the catering business, when he's not alone in his apartment moping about his breakup with Diana (Lizzy Kaplan)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Terry Nolen sounds like Santa ramping up the "know when you've been bad or good" speech as he talks about hiring kids for Arden Theatre's spring 2016 production of The Secret Garden . "If a young actor is cast and his or her grades drop, I tell them they have to leave the show," says Arden's artistic director. "I can't let that happen. That's their future, maybe even more so than theater. They must be able to juggle school and this - both are important. " The young cast members of Matilda the Musical (starting Tuesday at the Academy of Music)
FOOD
December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, For The Inquirer
Hooray, it's the holidays! And you'll find no "Bah humbug!" here. We're caught up in the festivities of the season. If we're lucky there'll be just enough snow to dress Bucks County in winter white. The little river towns along the Delaware look downright Dickensian - big stars and bells strung with twinkling lights hang from every lamppost, people hurry through their errands, while others stroll and peruse shop windows decked out with bling. There are even carolers on street corners singing the old favorites.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
For Lauren Huezo and her family, the holidays mean a trip to Longwood Gardens for the dancing fountain, a stop at Macy's to hear the Wanamaker Organ, and a jaunt to the Comcast Center to enjoy the much, much larger-than-life seasonal lobby show. On a recent weeknight, Huezo added to that "must-do" list, huddled with her husband and two sons watching Franklin Square's new offering, "Electrical Spectacle. " "And now we have a fourth," said Huezo, of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, referring to her holiday traditions.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | CHUCK DARROW
WE WERE hoping to put off this column for another couple weeks, but because "Elf," the musical version of the 2003 hit Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell , opened Tuesday night at the Walnut Street Theatre, there's no getting around it: The holiday season is upon us. Between now and the first week of the new year, venues throughout the region will present a cornucopia (to use a great holiday word) of seasonally themed and holiday-appropriate (and even inappropriate) programs.
NEWS
December 21, 2012
* MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC 10. I USED TO BE a little embarrassed that my favorite Scrooge was Mister Magoo. The adult choice, I knew, was Alastair Sim, the Scottish actor whose 1951 portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is considered the gold standard for holiday-movie misers. Sim, who has one of the more entertaining entries on Wikipedia - really, you should check it out - is probably a worthier candidate than, say, Bill Murray, a fascinating actor whose "Scrooged" wasn't exactly one for the ages.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. So begins Charles Dickens' most famous tale, A Christmas Carol , first published in 1843 and republished in innumerable editions and languages ever since.
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