The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare presents “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” through December 30.
Created by hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, and Pos) and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, this wildly popular reinterpretation of the perennial favorite by Charles Dickens featured John Hoogenakker, of Amazon’s runaway hit series “Jack Ryan,” in the role of Scrooge for a special limited engagement during the run.
Now in its fifth year, the production enjoys a fervent fan following, and has garnered Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. Strewn with more than two miles of twinkling lights, The Yard, which is located at Navy Pier, is again transformed into a festive nightclub, giving audiences the opportunity to sit at cabaret tables surrounding the stage, or in traditional theater seating.
This year’s production of “Q Brothers Christmas Carol,” also features comprised members of the Q Brothers Collective: JQ (Marley/Belle/Present/Lil’ Tim), Jax (Fred/Dick Wilkins/Mama Cratchit), and Pos (Bob Cratchit/Past/Martha Cratchit).
Joining directors GQ and JQ on the creative team are Scenic and Costume Designer Scott Davis, Lighting Designer Jesse Klug, and original Wig and Make-up Designer Melissa Veal, with Choreography by Anacron. Developed with Rick Boynton, “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” is written by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran, and Postell Pringle with music by JQ. A Chicago Shakespeare production, “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” is presented by CST and Richard Jordan Productions.
For more information about a nice holiday outing, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/qchristmas.