Are you a musical theatre lover? Then you’ll want to check out the soundtracks for these Christmas musicals:
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Based on the children’s book of the same name, this musical with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and score by Mel Marvin first opened in 1994 in Minneapolis in the US. It later transferred to Broadway and became the first musical to run 12 shows a week, pushing Schwartz’s Wicked off the charts as the top-grossing musical in December 2006.
Songs include: I Hate Christmas Eve, Whatchama Who, You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch, and Santa For A Day
Elf The Musical
Based on the film starring Will Ferrell, this is the story of a young orphan who as a child, crawls into Santa’s sack and is taken back to the North Pole. Santa raises him as an elf, until one day he sets off to New York City in search of his real dad. With script by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, and a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, it’s a family favourite. Did you know that students from Perform Australia are performing ‘Elf The Musical Jr’ this December?
Songs include: Sparklejollytwinklejingley, I’ll Believe In You, World’s Greatest Dad
Nativity! The Musical
Written by Debbi Isitt and co-composed with Nicky Ager, Nativity! The Musical tells of teachers Mr Maddens and Mr Poppy staging a musical version of the Biblical Christmas story at St Bernadette’s Primary School. Things don’t flow as smoothly as they’d like! It opened in Birmingham, UK, in 2017, and has so far enjoyed three UK tours.
Songs include: Dear Father Christmas, Our School Nativity, Sparkle and Shine, She’s The Brightest Star.
Holiday Inn is a musical based on the 1942 movie of the same name. The musical premiered in Connecticut, US in 2014. The libretto was written by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The main character Jim leaves show business to settle down at his farmhouse, but he finds he misses song and dance. He’s lucky to meet Linda, herself a talented performer, and together they turn the farmhouse into an inn with its own dazzling entertainment.
Songs include:White Christmas, Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, Steppin’ Out With My Baby.
Scrooge: The Musical
The book, music and lyrics of Scrooge: The Musical were written by noted musical theatre practitioner, Leslie Bricusse. Based on Charles Dickens’ original story, the musical was adapted from the screenplay of the 1970 film Scrooge starring Albert Finney. It came to the stage in 1992 and has experienced a number of revivals since that time.
Songs include: I Hate People, Sing A Christmas Carol, The Milk Of Human Kindness, The Minister’s Cat and I’ll Begin Again
Would YOU like to be in a musical? At Perform Australia, we have a number of opportunities based in Canberra:
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