BROADWAY RECALL: Broadway's Christmas Past

November 17
8:25 AM 2012


Welcome to BROADWAY RECALL, a bi-monthly column where's Chief Theatre Critic, Michael Dale, delves into the archives and explores the stories behind the well-known and the not so well-known videos and photographs of Broadway's past. Look for BROADWAY RECALL every other Saturday.

The holiday season always arrives early on Broadway.  Back in ’63, Meredith’s Willson’s Here’s Love,a musical version of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, opened four weeks before Halloween and ran well past the Fourth of July.

But nowadays holiday-themed musicals tend to make limited, seasonal stops on Broadway.  This year A Christmas Story takes that route, joining Elf, which is enjoying its second Broadway stint.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas also returns to New York this year.  Though starring Broadway favorite Jeff McCarthy, it’s slotted for a non-Broadway run at Madison Square Garden’s theatre.  When Patrick Page originated the title role, BroadwayWorld ran this video showing his magical transformation.

White Christmas made its first Broadway appearance in 2008, and star Jeffrey Denman created this Batman-inspired video to celebrate the occasion.



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Michael Dale After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.

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