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When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 2 2010

This jolly musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's too-often-told story is energetic, high spirited, and mercifully brief at a little over an hour running time. The songs by Alan Menken and Lynn Aherns are delightful, if reminiscent of Menken's Disney work (Aladdin and Enchanted, among others), and the Marriott folks have resisted cutting costs on what could easily have been a mere cash cow. Packed with A-list local actors, the show is blessedly free of all those spooky moments--howling ghosts, ominous graveyard scenes--that scared the bejesus out of my eight-year-old when she saw Jim Carrey's new movie version. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15

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