Campbell Scott we know. He’s at the Lyceum, which we know. Playing Scrooge, whom we know. It’s a juiced-up “A Christmas Carol” version, which Charles Dickens mightn’t know.
“This has been embellished. Still 1850s period dress and the same bah! and humbug! cruel Scrooge. The story’s not changed. Just some ghosts and Ebenezer’s character a little. Theatrical and sophisticated, narrators tell the tale and sing, plus there’s today’s technology with scary sounds and light tricks. At the end we do surprising fun, which involves everyone in the theater.
“It’s two shows Christmas Eve then one day off — Christmas — where I’ll go home to be as unScroogy as possible. Hey, I’m elderly. I need a day off especially after both sons and my wife say when I look angry or mean I’m so like the character that I’m perfect to play him.
“My character never leaves the stage so I know what it’s like to forget your lines. What you then do is — simply — just stand there onstage like a schmuck until someone saves you.
“I’m always home for Christmas. Terrible to not be home. If stuck in some regional theater someplace, you make the best of it. Like Scrooge, I’m a misanthrope. I’ve lived upstate 30 years.”
Where’d the name Campbell come from?
“It was my father George C. Scott’s Scottish middle name.”
Please pay attention
Ivanka’s been in Morocco. Casablanca. And Rabat. Meeting with government ministers. About women’s rights … Alec Baldwin hosting a piano concert Tuesday night. Dinner afterward. To honor Lang Lang International Music Foundation. He’s a board member … I’m an animal lover. But a giraffe? Zeitgeist Films’ “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” is about someone named Anne Innis Dagg’s African trip to see giraffes. OK, fine. But if she has a basement apartment, it’s a problem.
Skies less friendly
Holiday travel is upon us. Be aware 18 airlines disappeared this decade: Flybmi, Northwest, Midwest, Mexicana, Spanair, Malev Hungarian, Continental, AirTran, Kingfisher, Transaero — which I never even knew existed so no idea where it began or went or who cares — US Airways, Monarch, Air Berlin, Primera Air, WOW Air, Virgin America, Germania, Thomas Cook. So, if you’re turkey-logged and stuck in some marshland somewhere and can’t get out, do not say I didn’t tell you.
It’s time to bless the animals
Calling all pet owners: My 11th annual holiday Blessing of the Animals is Sunday, Dec. 8.
Address: 524 Park Ave.’s Christ Church, 61st & Park. Out front, police horses and uniformed NYPD. 2 p.m. sharp. Free to all. Open seating. No reservations. It gets crowded — 750 arrive with their dogs, cats, turtles, birds, iguanas, fish in a bowl — so come early.
There’s Minister Stephen Bauman, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and, as has before been the case, we may have Cardinal Dolan for the Catholic dogs.
The hour service: Prayer, hymn, Bible read, Roosevelt High School choir carols. A procession to the altar for blessing: police dogs with handlers, Humane Society rescues, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, from Farm to You Revue animals, then all of us with all of our fluffy and feathery.
No pets without owners. No owners without pets. Walk your animals first.
New York Post, John and Margo Catsimatidis, Mary and Kathryn Kalikow, Judy Wilpon, Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine are sponsors.
With us will be vets Dr. Douglas Palma and Dr. Brett Shorenstein.
See you Sun., Dec 8, 2 p.m. — only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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