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
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
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
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:
●Ages 9-15 can join our musical theatre production program.
●Ages 14-17 can join our Musical Theatre Experience program.
●And if you’re looking for a qualification in musical, don’t forget
our CUA40513 Certificate IV in Musical Theatre.
Sing, dance and act your way to joy!