Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Playlist for Sunday, December 18, 2016: Broadway Christmas On Ice

Okay, so there's no more putting this holiday thing off! It has invaded every mantle piece, oven rack and "change purse" in the land (does anyone still HAVE a change purse?)(why yes! The lady in front of me at Wegmans!). So there's nothing to do but acknowledge it, resign oneself to its existence and...jingle those bells!

Broadway can furnish us a with plethora of holiday tunes and so can a few of those old movie musicals...White Christmas, Here's Love, Holiday In Plaid, Promises, Charlie Brown...but there are a few "dirty snow" varieties out there, too, that like coal in your fishnets, don't exactly Fa La La in your ear. But that's okay. If we ate just the frosting off the top of life, what would we have? Rotten bicuspids, upset tummies, and Hallmarked perspectives.  So to balance the Christmas-ly cloying bits, we'll also nosh on a couple of speed- bump Xmas raisins, like "I Don't Remember Christmas" (don't carol angry!) and "Hard Candy Christmas" (don't carol bitter!).

Plus who can forget those timeless chestnuts (a'roasting) like "I'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica" and "Turkey Lurkey" and "Surabaya Santa"? Let's all join in on the chorus!

Really, I'm lying. I love all this stuff. And I wait all year to patrol this Christmas beat. Iconic, crazy, lovey-dovey, sarcastic, or just plain Scrooge-y.  It's all Broadway.  Merry Christmas, you fanatic you.

Happy Holiday/Let Yourself Go (Brian d'Arcy James, Jeffrey Denman,
      Ensemble, Irving Berlin's White Christmas)
Overture To White Christmas (Instrumental, Irving Berlin's White Christmas)
We Need A Little Christmas (Angela Lansbury, Ensemble, Mame)
Be A Santa (Sydney Chaplin, Subways Are For Sleeping)
Turkey Lurkey Time (Ensemble, Promises, Promises)
Snow (Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, 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 (Company, White Christmas)
Twelve Days To Christmas (Ensemble, She Loves Me)
That Man Over There (Paul Reed, Here's Love)
Christmas Day (Ensemble, Promises, Promises)
Pine Cones And Holly Berries (Laurence Naismith, Here's Love)
Christmas Time Is Here (Ensemble, A Charlie Brown Christmas)
A Five Pound Box Of Money (Pearl Bailey)
Nothin' For Christmas (Eartha Kitt)
Surabaya Santa (Jessica Molaskey, Songs For A New World)
Ring Them Bells (Liza Minelli, Liza With A 'Z')
Hard Candy Christmas (Ensemble, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas)
I Don't Remember Christmas (George Lee Andrews, Starting Here,
      Starting Now)
Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year (Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit,
      Catch Me If You Can)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Bernadette Peters)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Leslie Odom, Jr., Simply Christmas)
Christmas Mem'ries (Barbra Streisand, Christmas Memories)
Three Wishes For Christmas (Tony Yazbek, Gypsy)
Talk Christmas, Cool Yule (David Engle, Paul Binotto, Larry Raben,
      Holiday In Plaid)
Lovers On Christmas Eve (Joanna Gleason, James Naughton, I Love My Wife)
(I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica (Tom Lehrer, The Remains Of Tom
Catered Holiday Affair (David Engle, Ensemble, Holiday In Plaid)
The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas (Allan Sherman, For Swingin' Livers Only!)
Last Night Of The Year (Tom Wopat, Consider It Swung)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, Meet Me In
      St. Louis)

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