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‘Scrooge & Marley’ Chicago premiere run at Music Box Theatre ~ *Bruce Vilanch and other stars to walk red carpet Thursday, Nov. 29*

‘Scrooge & Marley’ Chicago premiere run at Music Box Theatre

*Vilanch and other stars to walk red carpet Thursday, Nov. 29*

CHICAGO —Sam I Am Films, producers of “Scrooge & Marley,” a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” will have a one-week run at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) Nov. 29-Dec. 6.

The film will also screen in at least a dozen cities nationwide this holiday season, with a DVD and soundtrack slated for December release.

The Chicago premiere run will kick off with a gala opening night celebration featuring most of the stars of the film. There is a pre-VIP event at Freda’s Restaurant at 5 p.m., red carpet at the Music Box at 6:30 p.m., with the film screening at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with cast and crew. A post screening VIP after-party will be held at D’Agostino’s on Addison. Philanthropist Michael Leppen is underwriting the opening night events. Tickets are now on sale at: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/scroogeandmarley .

Acclaimed out actor David Pevsner portrays Ben Scrooge while former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky appears as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. The film also stars Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, David Moretti, Richard Ganoung, and JoJo Baby. It is narrated by Tony award-winning actress Judith Light. The stars at the gala opening include Pevsner, Schwimmer, Vilanch, Cavanagh, Kroell, Moretti and Ganoung.

“Scrooge & Marley” was shot in Chicago in May and also highlights a host of recognized theatrical actors who round out the cast: Drew Anderson, Christopher Allen, Nicholas Bailey, Allison Torem, Fawzia Mirza, Peter Mohawk, Becca Kaufman, Scott Duff, PJ Powers, Amy Matheny and many more. The movie features a wide range of musical selections sung by actors in the film plus acclaimed musicians including Matt Alber, BETTY, Linda Good, Amber deLaurentis, The Joans, Jen Zias, and Jeannie Tanner.

The dates and times for the Music Box shows in Chicago:

Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm – red carpet, 7 p.m. screening followed by Q&A

Friday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1, Noon

Sunday, Dec. 2, Noon (ASL interpreted)

Monday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m.

Some of the Music Box shows will feature additional cast appearances, Q&As and even musical performances. More details will be available soon. See http://www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com for additional screening information.

About SCROOGE & MARLEY

Scrooge & Marley” is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale of a man’s redemption at the holidays—thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits—comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. The film is based on an original script by Ellen Stoneking, Knight and Timothy Imse. It was directed by Knight and Peter Neville. Producers of the film are Tracy Baim (“Hannah Free”) and David Strzepek (“Foodgasm”), joined by several co-producers (Knight, Neville, Stoneking, Kroell, and Moretti) and noteworthy crew.

Full cast and production team bios at http://www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com .

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ScroogeMarleyCH .

On Facebook see https://www.facebook.com/ScroogeAndMarley .

Following are the upcoming screenings of the movie (more to be added):

Nov. 21-27: Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 310-478-3836, www.laemmle.com

Nov. 29-Dec. 6, Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, www.musicboxtheatre.com.

Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Acorn Theatre, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Michigan, www.acorntheater.com.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, Mich., 616-459-4788, www.grcmc.org/theatre.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Cinema Center, 437 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, Ind., 260-426-3456, www.cinemacenter.org.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Ritz East, 125 South Second Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 215-925-7900, tickets.landmarktheatres.com. Direct ticket link: https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=273&MovieID=14229&ShowDate=12/13/2012&ScheduleID=19810

Sunday, Dec. 16, 3:15 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, Calif. In a double-header with “Hannah Free” starring Sharon Gless, 1 p.m., $8, start time, “Scrooge & Marley at 3:15 p.m., $10. Tickets available at the door prior to showtime, www.castrotheatre.com.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m., Landmark Theatres Sunshine Cinema, 143 W. Houston St., New York, NY.

Friday, Dec. 21, 7 and 9 p.m., Reel Affirmations XTRA: Monthly Film Series, at Carnegie Institute for Science at 1530 P Street NW, www.reelaffirmationsDecXtra.eventbrite.com.

More screenings to be added in additional cities this December.