We’ve been scouring the world of musicals and Christmas films whilst planning our Christmas concerts set list. Here are six, that adults and children alike will enjoy, to add to your playlist this year:
When Christmas Comes to Town – The Polar Express
A heart warming duet sung by the young passengers as they speed towards the North Pole on a magical train ride. A young girl sings in sympathy with a little boy who has never seen Santa, explaining to him what is all about:
No one will be sleeping on the night of Christmas Eve, hoping Santa’s on his way
Finger’s crossed she’s wrong about that one though…
Walking in the Air – The Snowman
You only have to hear the opening piano phrase and snowmen, flying children and a small Aled Jones immediately come to mind. A simple song, but a classic, from the film about a boy’s snowman coming to life for a Christmas Eve adventure.
The ever-popular theatrical version of The Snowman is now in its 19th year at The Peacock Theatre at Sadler’s Wells in London. Suitable for all ages, performances take place at 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets here.
On 11th December Foyles on Charing Cross Road in London will be holding a special Snowman and The Snowdog event with gingerbread, face painting and a visit from a very special friend….2-4pm, £5 ticket, under 3s free, tickets here.
On 17th December you can join the Orchestra of St Pauls at Cadogan Hall in London as they play the score live alongside a screening of the film. Performances at 1.30 and 4pm, tickets available here.
Snow – White Christmas
“What is Christmas with no snow?” Pretty normal these days – but let’s forget that for the moment and go back to the 1950s: where people drink snowball cocktails, enjoy clearing pathways with a shovel, wash their hair in snow and ski with perfect makeup!
Written by Irving Berlin (possibly the greatest American songwriter in history), ‘Snow’ takes place on a post-war train journey to Vermont in the film “White Christmas” and is performed by none other than Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.
You’ll have the family trained up in the four-part harmony “snow….snow…snow…snow” in no time.
It Feels like Christmas – The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
This song is taken from the enduringly popular Disney version of the Dickens tale synonymous with Christmas. With lots of humour and music from Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the other Muppets throughout the film, this particular song – sung by the Ghost of Christmas Present – sends a strong message that it’s the season for caring, giving and love.
A cup of kindness we share with another
A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother
In all the places you find love it feels like Christmas
Sparklyjollytwinklejingley – Elf the Musical
‘Elf’ (the film) has been cemented as a Christmas classic around the world since its release in 2003. In the stage musical version, Buddy the human Elf explains how they deck the halls in the North Pole: by making them “Sparklyjollytwinklejingley” (try saying that after a few glasses of port).
Kids will love the silly words and the suggestion that “while you’re busy decorating why not decorate yourself?”. This big band swing number is a great one to listen to while you decorate the tree!
Tinsel up each corner til it’s Christmas everywhere you look
Give the world a holiday that’s bright as can be
Make it SparkleJollyTwinkleJingley
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Meet Me In St Louis
Although not strictly a festive film, this 1944 MGM musical film features one of the most performed Christmas songs ever, most famously covered by Frank Sinatra.
Here it is sung by the legendary Judy Garland, who was only 21 at the time and ended up marrying the director of the film, Vincente Minnelli (father to Liza).
Garland’s character sings this beautiful song to soothe her little sister when upset at the prospect of moving home.
We will be doing our own Baby Broadway version at our Christmas shows this month to wish you all a Merry Little Christmas!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
You can join us for more Christmas music from these musicals and movies – and others – performed by our West End singers at a Baby Broadway concert near you, 10th – 20th December. Details and tickets here.