All tagged Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
It’s that time of the year again. For some, it has already started. For others, it will be ushered in with Thanksgiving. It is time to play Christmas music: merrily, joyously, incessantly. Growing up in my home, we had a rule that Christmas carols could not be played until after Santa Claus arrived at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nowadays, it seems we are pelted with them like soggy snowballs from the minute Tiny Tim climbs on the school bus in September. But who am I to be such a Scrooge when we are so close to Thanksgiving, even the curmudgeonly Theatre Guy’s heart grows a few sizes and he embraces the yuletide when it comes around. With that in mind (and heart), I thought I’d put together a collage of Christmas Caroling clips of songs from movies, television and stage musicals for all of us to celebrate the countdown to December 25th. It’s guaranteed to put you in the mood for the season.
Last Christmas, I wrote a little piece on Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962), an admiration of the work that remembered it fondly. This past year, I did some in-depth digging on the piece, and although it may be too soon to write about it again, enough of my readers have expressed a deep affection for this holiday special that I think it is okay to make an exception.
In my recent blog article about the indoctrination of young people into a love for musical theatre courtesy of holiday Christmas specials, many of you pointed out that I left an important one off of my list: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. This was no accident. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol is a very special made-for-television holiday musical that is particularly dear to those of us who love Broadway and I wanted to save this title for its own inspection. Why? Because Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol features a score that is the product of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, the composer and lyricist who gave us the powerhouse score for the musical Funny Girl. It is a testament to how beloved it is by theatre folk considering the number of you who reached out to me to point out its omission.