BROADWAY RECALL: Broadway's Christmas Past


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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