Back by popular demand, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier will once again play host to A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol, the cheeky holiday classic developed by hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers.
This feisty reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens enjoyed wildly successful runs in 2013 and 2014 to rave reviews and packed houses, garnering Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol will be presented in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare for a limited engagement, Nov. 28 through Jan. 3.
Written and performed by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle, this tour de rap wrestles the cherished tale from its classic roots with irreverence, an irresistible score and a lot of heart. The story is underscored with beats spun live at the turntables by DJ Super Nova, mashing up everything from reggae and dance hall music, to dub-step and epic rock ballads. Audiences will encounter the story’s signature characters in unexpected forms—from a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge with a penchant for penny-pinching to a Rastafarian Jacob Marley and a rapping Lil’ Tim, the tiniest Cratchit with a slew of maladies. The time-traveling Ghosts take Scrooge on a voyage through the hip-hop ages documenting the evolving musical form.