BWW Review: TIM & SCROOGE at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Thursday, December 10, 2015 By: Peter Danish Source: BroadwayWorld
family or following his passion for teaching and his love for Allison. (One quibble: It's never made entirely clear why Allison can't love an accountant just as much as a teacher. Is an accountant that ignoble of a profession?)

Tim's choice, of course, is the worst one possible, as he witlessly signs away his inheritance to a pair of "scrooge-like" businessmen, Hastings and Hall, played with mawkish seriousness by Daniel Marcus and Fred Inkley.

BWW Review: TIM & SCROOGE at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Bob Cratchit, (John Hillner) horrified to learn of Tim's folly, is tormented by fears of returning to the poverty of yesteryear and cannot contain his disappointment. Thus, Tim is horribly conflicted by his choices, and desperately seeks a solution to the mess he has brought upon himself and his family. Act One comes to a conclusion with the show's finest number "Separate Paths," a gorgeous, wistful duet in which Tim and Allison sorrowfully and reluctantly part ways.

But wait! Enter Uncle Eb! The ghost of Scrooge must once again break the rule and guide Tim in the right direction.

"Tim and Scrooge" is blessed with exponential luxury casting in the supporting roles. Broadway and Off-Broadway veterans, Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof) is delightfully ditsy as Martha, the uber-baker sister; Anna McNeeley (Gypsy, Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Anne Cratchit, Tim's overbearing Mum; Jed Resnick (Avenue Q) as Gerald Cratchit, Spencer Plachy (Edwin Drood, Romeo and Juliet) as Peter Cratchit, Chandler Reeves (Annie) as Vanessa. The bigger numbers benefit greatly from the sheer number of superb voices in this first-rate ensemble. In terms of talent, this season WBT's cup runneth over.

BWW Review: TIM & SCROOGE at Westchester Broadway Theatre

One of the great challenges about adapting a show like Tim and Scrooge to a space like Westchester Broadway Theatre is navigating the enormous thrust stage. Director Nick