More Favorite Musicals for the 2019 Holiday Season
December 24, 2019
Ok, I need to admit something. I’m running out of post ideas for Blogmas. None the less, I felt inspired talking about my favorite holiday musicals so I decided to talk about them for another day!
Yesterday, I listed all my favorite musicals for 2019. Along the way, I forgot to list some of my favorites, including the well known holiday musical White Christmas. *hangs head in shame* Fortunately for me, I can save my internet face and list some more musicals I love to watch during the holiday season. And, since I’m writing this post in such an impromptu fashion, I can honestly say I will probably forget to list some more holiday musicals. Still, I hope I list musicals that everyone can enjoy watching!
As with my previous post, which can be seen here, I am only listing the musicals that can be seen in movie form and can either be downloaded, streamed, or purchased on DVD or Blue Ray.
I know I didn’t mention White Christmas in my previous post, but I know I should mention it in this one! It is one of the best known Christmas season musicals. The movie version stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen and includes new versions of some of Irving Berlin’s songs from Holiday Inn. Like with Holiday Inn, there was a stage musical on Broadway, but there is no pro shot version of the stage musical available to watch. So, the only way to watch White Christmas is the original film.
The Music Man
The Music Man is one of my favorite musicals of all time. In fact, when I was a child, The Music Man was my favorite musical. Since then I’ve seen many other musicals, but the story about a traveling “sales man” (actually a con man) trying to pass himself off as a band director trying to start a boys band in an Iowa town is still one of my favorites. There are two movie versions that I am aware of, one from 1962 staring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and the second from 2003 staring Matthew Broderick as Hill. I prefer the Robert Preston version far more than the 2003 version due to the pacing as well as the performances. Saying that makes me sad because I love Matthew Broderick and other members of the cast including Kristen Chenoweth as Marian, but I truly do believe the 2003 version could’ve been much better than it is.
The Wizard of Oz
To me, The Wizard of Oz is not a Christmas musical, but many years ago it was shown frequently during the Christmas season. Although it’s not a stereotypical Christmas musical, it still has an optimistic story that will work well during the holiday season.
Sound of Music
Although the Sound of Music is known more as an Easter musical, I believe it would work very well as a Christmas musical. Especially since one of the songs from the musical, My Favorite Things, is often covered this time of the year as a Christmas song.
And, finally, here are a few honorable mentions:
An American in Paris
Annie Get Your Gun
My Fair Lady
Into the Woods
That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!
P.S. If I missed a musical that you believe should be on this list, please leave a comment!