BWW Review: TIM & SCROOGE at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Thursday, December 10, 2015 By: Peter Danish Source: BroadwayWorld

TIM AND SCROOGE  By Neil Berg & Nick Meglin

It's twelve years later, Tim is not so "tiny" and Scrooge is not so curmudgeonly - so all's well in the Cratchit world, right? Ah, if only it was that easy!

BWW Review: TIM & SCROOGE at Westchester Broadway Theatre

This holiday season, Westchester Broadway Theatre has a winner on its hands. "Tim and Scrooge" is a delightfully whimsical sequel to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with boundless melodies penned by composer Neil Berg (Off-Broadway's "The Prince and the Pauper" and the new musical "The Twelve") and witty, clever, appropriately "Victorian-period" lyrics by lyricist-librettist Nick Meglin (longtime editor of Mad Magazine).

The two title roles could not have been any better cast. George Lee Andrews is a Broadway legend (he holds the Guinness World Record for the most performances in a Broadway show, having appeared in the Phantom of the Opera on 9,382 occasions over 23 years) and every moment he is on stage is a moment to be treasured. He brings an abundance of charm to Scrooge's every action, as he consistently bends "the rules" (as laid out by his former partner Jacob Marley, Kevin Ligon) to help Tim along on his journey.

Unfortunately, Tim has plans of his own. He is attending University and plans to follow his passion to become a teacher. Adding to his academic fervor is his paramour, Allison (Marissa McGowan who brought a bright, voluptuous soprano voice to the role), who seems to view teaching as the only possible and fruitful vocation for Tim. Their plans for the future are laid out beautifully in a heartfelt duet, "Pages Are Turning."

Justin Scott Brown (who originated the role of Marius in the new 25th Anniversary US production of Les Miserables) gives Tim a strong voice as well as a fresh-faced innocence, and pollyanna ineptness. Tim has no interest in carrying on the family business, and is caught in the dilemma of following in his father's footsteps and pleasing his