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Folks, hope you’re having a Happy Hannukah if that’s your thing. Or no holiday at all of you don’t believe. But we all have to agree that as far as theatre songs go it’s Christmas all the way. Ironically many, if not most of the great Christmas songs were written by writers of the Jewish persuasion. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes America great!!

There’s a plethora of great Christmas songs from musical theatre. Here’s my list of the best known ones listed alphabetically by show. I think it would make a really terrific mix tape (mix CD?) (mix playlist?).

  1. “A New Deal for Christmas” – Annie – Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
  2. “Hail to Christmas” – Babes in Toyland – Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough
  3. “Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year” – Catch Me If You Can – Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman
  4. “A Christmas Buche” – Charlotte Sweet – Gerald Jay Maroem, Michael Colby
  5. “A Christmas Song” – Elf – Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin
  6. “Tomorrow Is Christmas” – The Gift of the Magi – Peter Eckstrom
  7. “Blissful Christmas” – Gone with the Wind – Harold Rome
  8. “Greenwillow Christmas” – Greenwillow – Frank Loesser
  9. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Here’s Love – Meredith Willson (OK I know he didn’t write this for the show but it’s in the show so it counts). And also “Pine Cones and Holly Berries” (sung in counterpoint to the above).
  10. “White Christmas” – Holiday Inn – Irving Berlin (see above)
  11. “Lovers on Christmas Eve” – I Love My Wife – Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart
  12. “Christmas Child” – Irma La Douce – Margurite Monnot, Julian More, David Heneker
  13. “Christmas 1” and “Christmas 2” – John and Jen – Andrew Lippa
  14. “Xmas Shopping” – Just for Openers – Rod Warren (You’ll have to track down a copy of the LP of this Julius Monk revue…sorry)
  15. “We Need a Little Christmas” – Mame – Jerry Herman
  16. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Meet Me in St. Louis – Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
  17. “Christmas Day in the Cookhouse” – Oh What a Lovely War – Billy Bennett (ibid)
  18. “That’s What I’d Like for Christmas” – Pickwick – Cyril Ornadel, Leslie Bricusse
  19.  “Christmas Day” – Promises, Promises – Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  20. “Christmas at Hampton Court” – Rex – Richard Rodgers and Sheldon Harnick
  21. “Merry Christmas” and “Twelve Days to Christmas” – She Loves Me – Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
  22. “Christmas Eve” – Sherry – Laurence Rosenthal, James Lipton
  23. “At Christmas Time” – Song of Norway – Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George Forrest
  24. “I Don’t Remember Christmas” – Starting Here, Starting Now – Richard Maltby and David Shire
  25. “Christmas Carol” – Streets of New York – Richard B. Chodosh, Barry Alan Grael
  26. “White Christmas” – White Christmas – Irving Berlin (see reason above)
  27. “Winter Wonderland” – Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 – Felix Bernard, Dick Smith (ibid)

Well that’s what I could come up with anyway. Please let me know if there’s anything I missed.

And have yourselves a very happy holiday of your choice and a very happy new year!


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