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A Christmas Carol - by ALAN MENKEN

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Dirk, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk Member

    Mar 20, 2002
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    I know it is a bit late but I only learned about this two days ago and as nobody had posted anything before I thought I should take the time on the slight chance there might be some people here interested in NON-Disney work of Alan Menken ;)

    Anyone still remembering the stage-musical "A Christmas Carol" that Alan Menken wrote together with Lynn Ahrens (of "Ragtime"-fame)? The one with this wonderful song "A Place Called Home"?? The one playing each Christmas season since 1993 at the Madison Square Guarden??

    Well ... Hallmark did produce a tv-version of the stage musical last year and aired it in the UK on the Hallmark Channel and on NBC in the US during the last Christmas!!

    You can find details about this including a trailer at http://www.hallmarkent.com/property.php?pr...hristmasCarolMu

    The movie-musical features among others Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jason Alexander as Marley?s Ghost, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Emily, Jesse L. Martin as the Ghost of Christmas Present, JANE KRAKOWSKI as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Geraldine Chaplin as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Edward Gower as Bob Cratchit.

    I have seen only the first half of it (and no, I don't have it recorded as it has not yet aired in Germany) and based on this I must say: it is a decent production. Good family entertainment but nothing outstanding. At some points it shows that it was made with limited budget, e.g. parts of the city set from Dinotopia are reused and the cast of extras is not really huge (especially one of them tends to pop up all the time). BUT the cast can really sing and dance very well. It generates a nice Christmas atmosphere even so I could not fend of the thoughts how much better and bigger the production could have been in some scenes.

    The leads (again based on the first half only) very all performing well and could sing rather good (no question for JANE KRAKOWSKI well known as the secretary from Ally McBeal but originally a Broadway musical-actress). Really enjoable ... with one exception: Scrooge. For some strange reason he tries a kind of "talk-singin" totally ruining his songs.

    Now what to do if you missed the tv-movie. You could hope for a re-run or a DVD-release this year for Christmas (most Hallmark-movies are usually released on DVD) or ... you could just hop over to amazon ... at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00...isneyparisth-20 the soundtrack recording of the movie is available with complete track listing and snippets of all songs.

    More details on the soundtrack which includes the lyrics of all included songs as soon as I have found time to actually listen to it ... which might be some time off I fear.

    So much already based on watching the first half of the movie: the music is largly unchanged even so some parts in some cases complete songs are missing. The recording features a large orchestra and works rather well. Voices are good as said before. There are some subtle changes in the lyrics here and there ... and one major change: the lyrics of the big opening song "Jolly Good Time" have been completely rewritten. It is now your basic normal Christmas carol missing its original edge. Unfortunately the new lyrics feel forced at some points.

    Hope this was of interest to you!

  2. David S.

    David S. Member

    Mar 15, 2002
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    Thanks for the heads up about the CD. I saw this on TV during the holidays and enjoyed it. My favorite songs were "God Bless Us, Every One" and "Lights of Long Ago".

    I think I've now seen more than 20 movie versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

    I am still hoping for a rerelease of the Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack on CD, as well as a debut CD soundtrack of the "Scrooge" musical from the 70's, starring Albert Finney and featuring music and lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (of Willy Wonka and Dr. Doolittle fame)

  3. SpectroPluto

    SpectroPluto Member

    Mar 16, 2002
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    I just ordered my copy last night (before reading this post!) from footlight.com

    "The Light of Long Ago" is a personal fav!

    Virgin MegaStore at Downtown Disney didn't have nor did they even have it in their computer system!

    I will gladly give footlight.com my business!


  4. mmmfan

    mmmfan Member

    Jan 15, 2005
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    I've been a "lurker" here for a long time.I am a big fan of this forum so I decided to register today.
    I got this CD before Christmas.It's great!I agree with David.My favorite is "God Bless Us,Everyone".The film was great,but I wish Disney was involved.I kept thinking that this should have been an animated feature.
    Hope everyone who posts here has a great 2005! :)
  5. thx99

    thx99 Real-life Harry Caul Moderator Playlist Author

    Apr 22, 2002
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    Check your private messages, David! ;)

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