202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541
With the debut of this 430-seat, state-of-the-art venue in 2012, Zach Theatre opened a mainstage worthy of its status as a professional theatre with a national reputation. The 21-foot proscenium, 70-foot fly tower, and roomy wings give this company named for Austin native son Zachary Scott space to stage shows as large and complex as those in Broadway houses and regional theatres. Major musicals are Zach's bread and butter (Mary Poppins, Sophisticated Ladies, Ragtime), though it also stages notable plays such as the Tony-winning LBJ drama All the Way and has hosted a taping of The Daily Show, cabaret performances by Sandra Bernhard and Molly Ringwald, and film world premieres for SXSW and the Austin Film Festival. This playhouse backs up to South Lamar and shares a campus on Lady Bird Lake's southern shore with Zach's 230-seat Kleberg Stage and 130-seat Whisenhunt Stage.
This ZACH Theatre
adaptation of the Dickens classic, directed by Abe Reybold
and starring the estimable Jaston Williams, is "a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras." It's riotously redolent of the ghosts of Motown past
, but of course you know the basic Ebenezer of this thing: crotchety, cratchity, creepy, and (ultimately) heartwarming. And, what's that? You think there's an awful lot of Dickens going on in town lately? Our Robert Faires tells you why
. Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.