Even in Ebenezer Scrooge's most dire visions, he never imagined that his story would be told to the accompaniment of synthesizer music. Yet that's what has happened in "Humbug!," a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" at Actors Alley.
The script, an adaptation of Dickens by Arthur Hamilton and director Jordan Charney respects the original period--to the extent that the fussier verbiage occasionally trips rather than flows off the tongues of the less vocally adept actors. Paul Jan Paul's costumes are from the 19th Century.
So what is all this thumping we hear? It's the score--a melange of jingles and jangles, disco and rap, the mellow and the mixed-up--written by Hamilton, Bob Caine and Barry Fasman and studio-produced by Fasman.
The juxtaposition of styles is so jarring that maybe it's supposed to be funny. In fact, one number for male quartet--"The End of Ebenezer"-- is mildly amusing; perhaps there's a kernel of potential within this cockeyed notion of combining the antique and the antic. But then "The End of Ebenezer" isn't typical of the score, for it relies on smoothly sung vocal harmonies.