VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 9 - Judy! Judy! Judy!
BroadwayWorld.com is, once again, celebrating the Holiday Season with a special 'countdown' which will reveal some favorite holiday-themed performances! For the 5th Anniversary of this Exclusive Feature, we've invited director/producer Richard Jay-Alexander to be our first-ever Guest Editor, to share with us HIS holiday favorites. His list will be composed of holiday songs and boasting performances with artists we know and love from Broadway and beyond. We'll bet that this countdown will surely get you into the holiday spirit, as the big day rolls around on December 25th, but we won't forget Chanukkah and Kwanzaa either. This is sure to be a 'Must Check-In Daily' event to see what's on RJA's list, while we wish you Happy Holidays from all of us at BroadwayWorld.com!
Welcome to Day 9 of BroadwayWorld's 12 Days of Christmas "video" features. Today, we have something really, really special. SO special, that I will NEVER throw away my VHS copy. I watch it every single year!
On December 22, 1963, America was invited to spend a very special Christmas with Judy Garland and her family. Along with Judy, present were Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft. Friends came along, too, like Jack Jones, Mel Torme, Tracy Everitt and The Peter Gennaro Dancers. (Just a CASUAL night at home).
The special was called JUDY GARLAND: The Judy Garland Christmas Show .... and it is truly amazing to watch. Produced by Gary Smith and Directed by Dean Whitmore, this special is dizzyingly good and so watchable that it earns repeat viewing. It aired on CBS and was LIVE!
There was so much great television in the '60s .... seriously, if "Everything Old Is New Again" .... I would be very happy to see more of this.
You're gonna love this clip and, hopefully, it will make you search out the whole show to buy, on DVD, or exhaust yourself on YOUTUBE, putting the pieces together.
This is SHOW BUSINESS Gold!
Wishing you MUCH Holiday Spirit from everyone at BroadwayWorld. We also want to THANK YOU, again, for all the great notes and e-mails we've received about how much you have been enjoying this feature :)