Estella Scrooge (A Christmas Carol with a Twist) is now available for license from Music Theater International


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Estella Scrooge (A Christmas Carol with a Twist) Now available for Music Theater International licensing

The musical includes a book by Tony winner John Caird and a score by Tony nominee Paul Gordon.

Music Theater International (MTI) has begun licensing the holiday musical Estella Scrooge (A Christmas Carol with a Twist).

Estelle Scrooge presents a book by Tony winner John Caird (Les Enfants d’Eden, Les Miserables, Papa Longues Jambes, Nicholas Nickleby, Jane Eyre, Candide) and music and lyrics by Tony nominee Paul Gordon (Emma, ​​Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre).

The work is a modern take on Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 short story, A Christmas Carol. Following a young Wall Street tycoon in the 21st century, the musical sees Estella return to her hometown to grab a hotelier who has defaulted on his mortgage when a sudden storm forces him to stay the night and she is haunted by the same visits that found his ancestor, Ebenezer.

In 2020, a production of the show was digitally captured, featuring Betsy Wolfe, Clifton Duncan, Tony winner Lauren Patten, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello and Tony winner Danny Burstein, with John Caird directing. To rent or buy the stream, visit

“We are so excited to collaborate with our dear friends at MTI to bring our new holiday musical to life,” say Caird and Gordon. “Estella Scrooge is a modern retelling of Dickens’ much-loved classic, achieved by colliding the plots of Christmas song and great expectations along with some of the great man’s other works, adding a catchy score and a host of hilarious, haunting characters, and watching the sparks fly! Estella first saw the light of day as a film, shot in the fall of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, one actor at a time, one scene at a time, under strict COVID rules. We had a wonderful time putting it together, as you can judge for yourself on, but now we can look forward to even greater fun: companies performing the show as we originally envisioned it! On a real stage! With live actors performing in front of a live audience! God bless us all!”

For more information on the show and how to license it, visit


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