The 2013 edition returns to the full evening format which has much more fleshed out “patter” than the abbreviated version which was tuneful but less edifying last year.
It returns the opening number “Mummer’s Bells” an original piece I wrote with Paul L. Johnson. There are two other originals, a setting by Paul of A Visit from St. Nicholas which we call the “Night Before Christmas Jig” and “Dear Old Santy Claus” a parody of Jingle Bells about children’s letters to Santa.
Last season I added the ballad “Grown Up Christmas List” and it proved to be a lovely choice. Other improvements include the addition of the theme song from Meredith Willson’s musical version of “Miracle on 34th St,” the “Here’s Love” march in a delightful new arrangement by Nick Sula. The show also features two other songs from that show. I saw the original pre-Broadway tour of that show when I was an impressionable youngster and always hoped someday to perform the material.
My closing number is new this year, I’ll let it be a surprise, but I’ll just tease you with the fact that it is designed to be ostentatious.
Matthew and I have a had a great time preparing this event and we hope that you will come and support us like the good Santa’s helpers we know you all want to be. Cheers!