I must say I found NBC's A Christmas Carol - The Musical quite rewarding. The dialog was carried almost entirely by the music, but even with a couple of recurring themes never became boring or tedious. The lyrics were clever and carried the story well. Kelsey Grammar filled the role of Ebenezer Scrooge quite capably, and his singing voice was adequate to the task. I enjoyed the different takes on the spirit characters; "Chrismas Past" was a lovely female, and the normally dank and terrifying "Christmas Future" was given a face and some expression. The only character I almost couldn't buy was Jason Alexander as Jacob Marley. Although he, too performed well, I just didn't quite see the initial shock of terror that Scrooge was supposed to experience. In fact, Alexander shone through so much I almost expected something comical from him at some point. Overall, I though the treatment to be fresh and original.