A Brand New Holiday Musical

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A Brand New Holiday Musical

Hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving, despite all our new restrictions.

In keeping with the need to stay safe, while yearning for entertainment for the whole family, I want to tell you about a wonderful thing to do to kick off the holiday season. Watch Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, a brand-new musical, custom made for this time of year:

This is an updated version of the holiday classic, with a unique new plot line.

The book is by John Caird, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, and it is directed by John Caird.

Pivoting from a stage musical to a filmed presentation, the producers employed innovative technology to keep all actors and creatives safe from Covid.

This important note is posted on the show’s website:

When theater shuttered on March 12, 2020, no one could have predicted that stage doors would be locked and onstage works would cease, for a term of time that no one could have anticipated.

This past summer, we came together to see if we could re-imagine the process of realizing a musical theater production.

Knowing the challenges and restrictions that came with the arrival of Covid19, we assembled a team of award-winning creatives to bring Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With A Twist to life, by digitally capturing the production in a unique and unprecedented way,  one actor at a time.

We hope that the finished project brings vitality into a distressed industry and will inspire the exploration of new ways to bring the life-changing power of theater to all.

Estella Scrooge stars Betsy Wolfe, Clifton Duncan, Lauren Patten, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello and Danny Burstein.

To view the exciting trailer:

Estella Scrooge Musical

Tickets to see the show are now on sale. Go to: https://www.estellascrooge.com/

You can hear my interview with acclaimed director and writer John Caird on this Sunday’s Bagels and Broadway radio show beginning at 2 PM ET.

Available on podcast following the broadcast.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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