Even though Christmas is officially over, for my family it doesn't end for a while, so I thought I would share a few musicals featuring Christmas this week. The part involving Christmas may be large or small, but I will share the song that I think most fits with the theme. Some of these musicals have already been featured in my posts on musicals through the decades.
The Christmas scene in this musical is a small but important part of the plot. The musical opens with Jo away from her home and family, and it is when she thinks back on a Christmas of the past that the story truly begins. In the above clip, the Christmas portion begins near the end, about three-fourths of the way through.
If you know the storyline behind this family favorite of a musical, you know that the entire show basically revolves around Christmas. Orphan Annie is invited to spend Christmas with one of the richest men in the world. The story ends in a heartwarming way in a festively decorated home. Above is a video from the 1999 film version, which is the closest ending to the actual musical in film form as far as I know.
A Little Princess
Christmas for this newer musical is a smaller but integral part of the storyline. Christmas is when Sara is being searched for by an old friend from Africa, when the villain and her sister have an argument, and when the climax of the story goes down. While the above song might appear light and frilly, about two-thirds of the way through or so it gets pretty serious with some lovely singing.
A Christmas Carol
If you don't know this classic story based on the Dickens work then you must live under a rock, but this musical is one of my favorites of all the adaptations based on the original. Because it is all about Christmas, I really could have shared any song from it, but I decided on this song usually sung after the cast takes their bows because it shows the true heart of Christmas and is incredibly beautiful. I went to see this show this past November, two years after I performed in it, and I couldn't stop myself from singing along to this song.
Did you enjoy my little list of musicals? There are others such as White Christmas and Meet Me in Saint Louis that also feature Christmas bits. What is your favorite Christmas musical? Which of the songs I posted is your favorite?