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December 26, 2003

For Boxing Day, (a.k.a. St. Stephen's Day) a program of Christmas leftovers and new releases.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Talking Christmas - Cool Yule Holiday in Plaid (2003) The Plaids This new release features selections from Plaid Tidings, a holiday musical revue from the creators of Forever Plaid. Both shows feature the fictitious '60s "guy group" The Plaids, who are an obvious homage to the male quartets (such as The Four Aces, the Four Freshman and the like) the flourished in the late '50s and early '60s. This recording features members of the Pasadena Playhouse cast, which is where the Plaid shows originated.
My Favorite Time of Year My Favorite Time of Year (2003) Peter Cincotti This is one of two cuts on a holiday CD single (the other is "My Favorite Things" from Sound of Music) from jazz singer Cincotti. He wrote this one, which is a celebration of the Big Apple at Christmas time.
The Christmas Song The Christmas Song (2003) Stacey Kent Here's another holiday CD single, this time featuring two cuts from Kent's much-praised The Boy Next Door CD along with a new recording of the Mel Torme-Robert Wells holiday classic (which most folks apparently know as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire").
Veni Immanuel Ancient/Modern (1999) Orchestra and chorus conducted by Anne Dudley This Philip Glass-style treatment of the ancient Latin carol is by noted British film composer Anne Dudley, whose credits include American History X, The Full Monty and The Crying Game along with assorted concert works, including Music and Silence, commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra, where she has been the composer in residence (or "in association" as they say in Britain) since 2002.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday Pops! (2003) Anne Hampton Callaway, Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero Just in time for Christmas, this new release features the usual collection of seasonal favorites. Callaway's contributions, in addition to this hit from Meet Me in St. Louis, include "I'll be Home for Christmas" and her own composition, "Christmas Lullaby". Pianist/composer/conductor Nero has appeared with numerous orchestras all over the world. Locally he has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony and Compton Heights Concert Band.
Mrs. Santa Claus Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) Angela Lansbury Mrs. Santa Claus was a made-for-TV musical (now available on DVD) with songs by Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello Dolly, La Cage aux Folles), costumes by Bob Mackie, choreography by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and an all-star cast that included Charles Durning and Terrence Mann. In the title cut, the title character decides to assert her independence from her legendary husband.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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