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"A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play"

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Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrooge

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play is presented by Cincinnati Public Radio and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and sponsored by Macy’s. Bruce Cromer performed all the roles in this adaptation of the script used by Charles Dickens for public readings. Bruce Cromer also recorded his performance. The production features sound design by Matthew M. Nielson. 

Thank you for listening! Merry Christmas from Cincinnati Public Radio and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! And as Tiny Tim observed, “God Bless Us, every one.”

CLICK HERE for Bruce Cromer's recent conversation on Cincinnati Edition.

CLICK HERE for John Kiesewetter's Media Beat column about "A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play"


Bruce Cromer to perform one-actor version airing Dec. 23 and 24

Even in this season of the pandemic, certain holiday traditions must continue! Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Public Radio have joined to bring listeners A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.

Bruce Cromer, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Playhouse’s annual production, will take to the radio for an intimate tour-de-force as he performs all the roles in this one-man version. Sponsored by Macy’s, it will air on 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

“Until it is safe to bring back the full ensemble for the Playhouse’s annual production, we invite the community to celebrate the spirit of the holidays from the comfort of home with A Christmas Carol on the radio,” said Blake Robison, artistic director at the Playhouse. “Bruce Comer is beloved as Scrooge, and now we’ll get to experience his immense talent and this holiday favorite in an imaginative new way.”

Playing all the characters in this special audio version of A Christmas Carol, Cromer will bring to life the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who famously hates the holidays and undergoes a miraculous transformation when four ghosts visit him one fateful Christmas Eve. 

A Christmas Carol will air twice this season: at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Listeners near and far can enjoy this holiday gift on-air at 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB; streaming on; by downloading the free mobile app; or by telling your smart speakers to PLAY WVXU. The audio will be archived on for additional listening during the holidays.

The Playhouse cancelled its annual production of A Christmas Carol due to the challenges of performing a large-scale production during the pandemic. This would have been the 30th anniversary production.  

Cincinnati Public Radio is home to classical music on 90.9 WGUC, and local/national/world news on 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB. Cincinnati Public Radio is a locally operated non-profit media organization proud to be an NPR member station.

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play is sponsored by Macy’s. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.