Okay, here's Angela Lansbury singing "We Need A Little Christmas." This song comes from the Broadway play, "Mame," in which Miss Lansbury starred and introduced this song. It's not a play that's done a lot--and it's not the greatest play ever, but it's kind of fun. And this song is a highlight.
The music for the play was composed and written by Jerry Herman, who also did the music and lyrics for Hello Dolly.
The musical is based on a play (no music) called Auntie Mame and there's a great old movie version of this play starring Rosalind Russell. The film version of the musical stars Lucille Ball and just isn't all that great.
At this point in the play, Mame, an eccentric and wealthy New Yorker in the 1902s has just found out about the stock market crash and discovered she is now only eccentric and in New York, and has lost everything. The ensuing Depression is depressing and to shake it off, Mame, her nephew, and servants sing a song (this is musical theatre, after all). It ends with them doing something really eccentric--decorating for Christmas even though it's only one week past Thanksgiving!
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