This year I have an unusual number of wonderful dancer/singers in my private studio who’ve graduated from college and are making their way in the world. They’ve asked for help finding repertoire from musicals for the holidays for Christmas gigs.
My first inclination is to say “do your research.” But then I thought that I’d like to know for myself what’s out there, other than the handful of songs I recalled off the top of my head. The following list includes easy tunes that can be learned quickly but also has songs that need more time to put together. Some items have karaoke accompaniments available and some would do better with a live accompanist playing an original arrangement.
The CD Recording Broadway Christmas, produced by Brice Kimmel, was used as a basis for this list.
New Deal for Christmas from Annie (Strouse, Charnin) Music starts about :45
Christmas Eve from She Loves Me (Bock, Harnick)
Also from this musical, That Man Over There
Turkey Lurkey Time from Promises, Promises (Bacharach, David)
Christmas Gifts from A Wonderful Life (Raposo, Harnick)
Hard Candy Christmas from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Hall)
I Don’t Remember Christmas from Starting Here, Starting Now (Shire, Maltby, Jr.)
We Need a Little Christmas from Mame (Herman) –
Lovers on Christmas Eve from I Love My Wife (Coleman, Stewart)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me in St. Louis (Martin, Blane)
At Christmas Time and Toys Medley from Song of Norway (Wright, Forrest) This one will need some arranging, but keep it in mind, especially if you are looking for an early legit musical with hymn-like part writing.
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