|Ryan Drummond & Jason Graae|
On and Off Broadway veteran (A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Forever Plaid, etc.) and 42nd Street Moon favorite (Little Me) Jason Graae steps into Scrooge’s floppy socks and over-sized slippers, dons his bifocals, and fills the giant role with his spry, diminutive frame with gleeful gusto and grace. When singing, he sparkles in songs like “In Just One Year” and “Happier,” where he is convincing both the spirits and himself that his constant smiling and whistling does mean he is much happier that before. He also tugs at hearts and creates a mood of reflection that leads even to audience self-examinations in songs like “The Things You Should Have Done,” where he relooks at his life and the choices made and not made at critical turning-point moments. With a fine singing voice and English diction, a face that lights up in dozens of caricatured and nuanced ways, and light-on-his-feet moves made whether dancing or ‘flying’ through time, Mr. Graae creates a Scrooge that surely fits the mold and more of all audience members’ expectations.
|A Look at a Day from Ebenezer’s Past|