Book by Ron Kaehler

Lyrics by Ron Kaehler and Albert Evans

Music by Albert Evans

Originally Produced by Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma - James Rocco Producing Artistic Director

On Air Concept Created by James A. Rocco and Jayme McDaniel

Cast Size

10-12 (with potential for additional guest stars)

The show allows for diverse casting and with built-in commercial breaks for product placement, there are many options for “guest stars”…think your local Dolly Parton.

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Fiddle
  • Bass
  • Guitar/Banjo
  • Drums
Sound information
Approximately 70 minutes

A Musical Dream Team gives the Dickens classic a WAKE-UP-AND-SMELL-THE-COFFEE overhaul.

Oklahoma Gazette

It's Dickens’ classic with A FUN HOLIDAY TWIST and songs that get the toes tapping or TOUCH THE HEART

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ideal family fare. Fresh, engaging, often hilarious & genuinely moving. A down-home pleasure from start to finish.

Canton Theatre News

This New Musical Is A Winner...AMAZING!

James Marino,

Even the most jaded watchers of ‘Christmas Carol’ will enjoy this one.

Asheville Citizen Times

It takes aim at the heartstrings and hits the bullseye.
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A Country Christmas Carol takes place in Marley County USA,  where folks don't have a whole lot, but everybody's doing what they can to  make the Christmas holiday crackle except for one mean and miserly  old coot who misses the entire point: Banker Scrooge, the meanest man in town.

His secretary, Bobbie Jo Cratchit, is a young widow who sings like Patsy Cline and lives in a trailer community with her two young children, Jane and Tim. 

Ring a bell?

We’ve reimagined A Country Christmas Carol to be performed as a “staged” radio play within a play.  Think Garrison Keiller meets Charles Dickens.  With tongue in cheek product placement commercials, a bumbling foley artist and backstage antics, this lively original bluegrass/country musical takes a fun and fresh spin on a Christmas classic. 

All of this allows the show to be performed live while following the latest social distancing guidelines, with plenty of time to record and stream for the holiday season.

And did we mention product placement?  The show could be a boon for holiday gifts.

Licensing by Dramatic Publishing

Cast Breakdown
Additional Information
Songs & Scenes

Act I

  • Marley County Christmas - Dwight and Company 
  • Count to Ten, Bobbie Jo - Bobbie Jo 
  • I Gave Myself a Bottle for Christmas - Dwight 
  • Bobbie Jo” Reprise - Bobbie Jo 
  • Housetop Boogie - Lavinia, Jane, & Tim 
  • Jingle-Ayo - Linda Lee 
  • We Three Kings - Virgil, Radio Man, Charley 
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Chorus 
  • Angel Beside Me - Fanny & Boy Eb 
  • A Golden Idol - Belle 

Act II

  • Less is More - Jane & Tim 
  • Life Goes to Show Ya - Bobbie Jo & Lavinia 
  • The Christmas Train - Dwight & Ensemble 
  • God Bless Us Every One - Bobbie Jo & Ensemble 
  • Goodbye, Old Dog - Lavinia & Ensemble 
  • Finale - Scrooge & Company 
Kay's Entrance/Old Black Magic
Kay's Entrance/Old Black Magic
Love isn't Born, it's Made
Love isn't Born, it's Made
Goody Goody
Goody Goody
Put The Blame on Maine
Put The Blame on Maine
The Canarsie Diner
The Canarsie Diner
Crazy New Worlds
Crazy New Worlds
The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye
Boppin' Cloudburst
Boppin' Cloudburst
Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill


Wrote the Off-Broadway hits Nite Club Confidential, The Texas Chainsaw Musical, Streakin’ thru the 70s and Pageant, chosen by Time Magazine as one of the year’s ten best entertainment events. In addition to its 2 off-Broadway productions, Pageant has been performed in London, Australia, Japan and all of the USA.

His lyrics are featured in a new performing edition of The Merry Widow, seen at New York City Opera and televised on Live from Lincoln Center (PBS).

For ten years, Mr. Evans was Composer-in-Residence at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse where he wrote scores for Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities and Mikado Inc.

He is now Artistic Associate at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where he adapted the songs of George M. Cohan for the musical biography, Yankee Doodle Dandy, subsequently mounted at The Ordway Center (St. Paul) and Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), Rosie the Riveter! (touring Theater for Young Audiences musical), and Paint Your Wagon (co-creator of new musical arrangements). Evans is the writer and host of The 5th Avenue’s Show Talks with Albert Evans, pre-show chats about all things theatrical.


Is a playwright, lyricist, and composer living in New York City. His current projects include Under the Overture, an operatic farce for which he adapted the music of Rossini, and Poor Players, a darkly comic thriller. Under the Overture was a finalist in the MUT International Musical Entertainment Competition in Munich, Germany July 2018. In October 2018, a workshop directed by Gerard Alessandrini was held in New York City. Poor Players is one of ten works cited in Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport's "Producer Pick List 2018."

A Country Christmas Carol marked Ron’s initial collaboration with Albert Evans. The original production was commissioned and directed by James Rocco for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and subsequently presented in New York by the National Music Theatre Network's "MainStreet Musicals" series, where it won the Directors' Choice Award. The team of Evans & Kaehler also wrote six annual editions of The Story Salad Shows, musicals for children toured the country under the auspices of Theatreworks USA. They also created the touring children’s musical I Feel Great! (Sweet Youth Productions, Boston) and collaborated on the title song for the Off-Broadway play Beat: A Subway Cop’s Comedy by John DiResta.

Ron has written songs and specialty material for noted Broadway performers (Bryan Batt, David Garrison, Eddie Korbich, Alix Korey, Marin Mazzie, Jessica Molaskey, and Mary Testa, among others) and theatrical events (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefits and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society's Mr. Abbott Awards). His songs have been published (Midder Music) and recorded ("Twisted Turtle Tinsel", "The Best of In Celebration of Life"). In addition to Albert Evans, Ron has collaborated with David Friedman, Anne Bryant & Ellen Bernfeld, Steve Silverstein, and Jeremy Franklin Goodman.

In addition to his theatrical work, Ron served as Executive Story Editor and contributing writer for the children's television series Van-Pires (Abrams/ Gentile Entertainment), which was one of the earliest live action/animated series to utilize CGI technology. The show was rated No. 1 in its time slot in various domestic and international markets. Ron has also edited many academic books, including David Kaplan’s acclaimed textbook series "Five Approaches to Acting" (Hansen Publishing Group).

He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and New Play Exchange.


Is the co-founder of Thirty Saints Productions, which created The Broadway Songbook® series for seven seasons at Ordway Center.  Together with Broadway Asia, Thirty Saints toured Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat® to Tokyo and led the artistic team for the US Air Force’s 9/11 tribute video; There Are No Words, seen by millions of viewers on 9/11/2016.  Thirty Saints is an investor in the current Broadway, National Tour and Toronto productions of Come from Away and Magic Mike in London.From 2005-2017, Rocco was the VP of Programming and Producing Artistic Director at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.  At the Ordway, Mr. Rocco presented and booked the best of touring Broadway with productions like August, Osage County, An American In Paris, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables and more.  He produced and/or co-produced award-winning theatricals like In The Heights, Love, Janis, Cabaret, West Side Story, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Grey Gardens. As the Ordway representative and member of the Broadway League and the Independent Producer’s Network, he was a producing partner and investor in Fun Home, Something’s Rotten, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Monty Python’s Spamalot and others, as well as serving on the IPN’s Governance Committee


Is a Director, Choreographer and Producer whose recent credits include:  Korea and Japan: Rebecca, The Musical; The Man Who Laughs, Xcalibur (Broadway On Demand), Marie Antoinette, Monte Cristo, Hamlet, The Rock Opera; The Last Kiss & Maury Yeston’s Phantom! EMK International and TOHO Theatricals.  Regional: White Christmas, Joseph…, starring Clay Aiken, (Broadway World awards best direction and choreography) Singin’ in the Rain (IRNE nomination choreography): Ogunquit Playhouse  Joseph… North Shore; Singin’ in the Rain, Grey Gardens, Yankee Doodle & The Rocky Horror Show: Ordway Center; The Student Prince: Paper Mill Playhouse; Zorba & H.M.S. Pinafore: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Violet, Candide & Drood: Connecticut Repertory; Always Patsy Cline, Evita, It’s a Fabulous Life, Chicago, Zombie Prom, The Merry Widow, People Like Us, They’re Playing Our Song etc.  Producer at Ogunquit Playhouse and Ordway Center. On Stage: final national tour of Hello, Dolly! With Carol Channing.  Minneapolis Star Tribune Outstanding Director of a Musical of 2007.