Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Playlist for Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015: NOW We Need A Little Christmas!

So it's that time of the year: The Broadway Christmas Edition of 2 On The Aisle!  But lemme tell ya, I was hard-pressed (like apples for cider) to fill 2 hours.  Although Broadway's style seems a perfect match for holiday hoopla, there really aren't that many GOOD Christmas songs in that songbook. I had to ferret out The Bad Santas, stretch the Cool Yules, and fill the gaps with good ole Standards.  But I do that anyway, right? So just quit complainin', Corky.

We have the requisites: "Turkey Lurkeys," and White Christmases, and "Have Yourself a Merrys" (2 in fact). Perennials with Angela and Rosemary, Bernadette and Babs, plus those little known, quirky diamonds in the rough like "That Man Over There" (which sounds pervy, right? From Here's Love, howz that for a meh title?), "Surabaya Santa" (with Jessica Molaskey, doing her Marlene Dietrich best, from Songs for a New World), and "Calypso Christmas" (by the Holiday in Plaid dudes. Be ready on those "Day-Os"). And then there's Christmas Pissed: "I Don't Remember Christmas" from Starting Here, Starting Now.  Christmas Depressed But Coping: "Hard Candy Christmas", from Best Little Whorehouse. The Mad at Winter and Why Am I Still Here and Not on the Amalfi Coast: "Another Winter in A Summer Town".  And then back to TAP DANCE Christmas...see, it runs the gamut (which I once heard pronounced "ga-MUTT"), just like Broadway. 

So hope you can listen in this Sunday, whilst fruit-caking and festooning. Have a Cool Yule.  :))) 

Overture (Instrumental, White Christmas)
We Need A Little Christmas (Angela Lansbury, Mame)
Be A Santa (Sidney Chaplin, Subways Are For Sleeping)
Turkey Lurkey Time (Megan Sikora, Ensemble, Promises, Promises)
Happy Holiday/Let Yourself Go (Bryan D'Arcy James, Jeffrey Denman,
          Ensemble, White Christmas)
Snow (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, White Christmas)
Sisters (Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas)
The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (Danny Kaye, White
Count Your Blessings (Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas)
Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me (Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas)
White Christmas (Ensemble, White Christmas)
Christmas Time Is Here (Ensemble, A Charlie Brown Christmas)
Pine Cones And Holly Berries (Laurence Naismith, Valerie Lee, Here's Love)
Christmas Day (Ensemble, Promises, Promises)
That Man Over There (Paul Reed, Here's Love)
A New Deal For Christmas (Ensemble, Annie)
Ring Them Bells (Liza Minnelli, Liza With A Z)
I Hear Bells (George Andrews, Starting Here, Starting Now)
Surabaya Santa (Jessica Molaskey, Songs For A New World)
Hard Candy Christmas (Pamela Blair, Donna King, Ensemble, Best Little
          Whorehouse In Texas)
I Don't Remember Christmas (George Andrews, Starting Here, Starting Now)
Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year (Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit,
          Ensemble, Catch Me If You Can)
Another Winter In A Summer Town (Christine Ebersole, Mary Louise Wilson,
          Grey Gardens)
Twelve Days To Christmas (Ensemble, She Loves Me)
Sounds While Selling (Daniel Massey, Nathaniel Frey, Jack Cassidy, Barbara
          Cook, Barbara Baxley, She Loves Me)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Faith Prince, The Plaids, Holiday in Plaid)
Cool Yule (Louis Armstrong)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Bernadette Peters)
Christmas Mem'ries (Barbra Streisand)
Cool Yule (Paul Binotto, David Engel, Larry Raben, John Michael Flate,
         Holiday In Plaid)
Catered Holiday (Ensemble, Holiday In Plaid)
Calypso Christmas (Ensemble, Holiday In Plaid)
The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas (Allan Sherman, For Swinging Livers, Only!)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, Meet Me In St. Louis)

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