This article was published on October 9th, 2022
The beloved LGBTQ Christmas comic, Scrooge & Marley has just been re-released by Dark Star Pictures, for the first time on video and on the 10th anniversary of DVD.
A happy rendition of Charles Dickens’s story from 1843, Bruce Vilanch, Rusty Schwimmer, David Pevsner, Megan Cavanagh, David Moretti, Ronnie Kroell, and Tim Kazurinsky are among the cast members of the holiday delight is a Christmas Carol.
This retelling of the traditional tale, told from a homosexual perspective, digs into the backstory of Ben Scrooge, the wealthy snob who despises the holidays, disbelieves in romance, and renders lives hell for all of the LGBTQ community that he rules from his headquarters, a music lounge called Screws.
The ghosts of Scrooge’s history, present, and destiny pay him a further visit to guide him back to happiness.
When the sultry Ghost of Christmas Past (Ronnie Kroell) transports Scrooge back to his teenage years in the 1970s, he spitefully remembers being expelled from his house because he was gay, going to meet the fantastic disco impresario Fezziwig (Bruce Vilanch), youthful outlaw Jacob Marley, and falling in love for the first time with Bill, whom he ultimately loses in his quest for wealth.
Scrooge is then taken on a joyful, musical tour of contemporary holiday attractions by the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present (Megan Cavanagh), along with a stop at a raucous party held by Scrooge’s niece Freda (Rusty Schwimmer) with her expecting spouse Mary.
A sobering visit to the residence of Scrooge’s patient associate Bob Cratchit (David Moretti), who along with his companion Drew is the father of five kids, including Tiny Tim, results in the feared presence of the Devil of Christmas Future (JoJo Baby), whom the narrative of Scrooge’s terrible fate gives rise to his long overdue forgiveness and an incredibly touching and unexpected twist in the story’s ending.
From a script by Richard Knight Jr., Timothy Imse, and Ellen Stoneking, Peter Neville and Knight Jr. direct. With tracks written by Lisa McQueen and Knight.