‘Bah Humbug’ comes to Harlem

Cast of “Bah Humbug” with Director, Choreographer, Producer, George Faison:
(Front Row, from left) Mahalia Mays, George Faison, (Director), Rah Digga, Ebon Charles.
(Back Row, from left) Khalia Campbell, Charles Wallace, Jasmine Thomas, Rev. Akanke Rhonda McLean-Nur, Daniel Carlton, Aqura Lacey, Raven McRay.
Photo by Amun

By Amun

The Faison Firehouse Theater presents “Bah Humbug from the Notorious E.B. Scrooge,” a hip-hop musical adaption of Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” This holiday production was conceived by George Faison with Rah Digga, Jasmine Thomas and Charles Wallace, and directed, choreographer and produced by the multi-talented award winning, internationally celebrated producer, writer, essayist, composer, director, choreographer and dancer, George Faison.

Faison made history in 1975 when he became the first African American to win the Tony Award for Best Choreography for “The Wiz.” He began his career as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as a principal dancer and his Broadway career with the musical “Purlie.” He went on to create several American dance classics: “Slaves” and “Suite Otis” for the George Faison Universal Dance Experience. He has choreographed and staged concerts for musical greats including Ashford and Simpson, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Dionne Warwick, Stephanie Mills and many more. Faison has numerous film credits included “The Cotton Club,” “Josephine Baker Story,” and “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club” to names a few.

He and Tad Schnugg established and founded the Faison Firehouse Theatre in 2000. Since its opening with the renowned Maya Angelou, they have presented and or produced many productions including: “Remembering Jimmy” (James Baldwin), “Harlem Opera Theatre,” “Cook, Dixon & Young,” “Opera is Hot at the Firehouse” and “Accept, Except” and more.

“Bah Humbug” is a tale of the rise of the Notorious E.B. Scrooge and his spiraling decent into the evils of the 21st century. Driven by his lust for fame and fortune, EB Scrooge’s relentless pursuit of money and power “by any means necessary” made him the most selfish, disloyal, heinously corrupt businessman in the recording industry. His humanity and compassion were replaced by his craving for power, fame and bling, until he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

This holiday season you don’t have to go downtown to see world-class musical theatre. The Faison Firehouse is offering a Broadway quality production right in the Village of Harlem for your enjoyment and pleasure, “Bah Humbug.” The show opened on Thursday, Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 15 with 3:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday and evening performance at 8:00 pm Thursday through Saturday. The Faison Firehouse is located at 6 Hancock Place (124th Street, between Morningside and Saint Nicholas avenues), Harlem, NY.

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