"From the Publisher:" Written by MARK HAYES and DEBORAH CRAIG-CLAAR. Set in late 1941, this is the story of the faith of a family, and a nations on the brink of World War II, preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. Most of the action takes place in the main characters' home, with the choir providing music and drama as it is broadcast over the family radio. The music highlights the sounds of the '40's, including swing, lush ballads, and big band songs interspersed with reenactments of radio broadcasts during that time. Original music mixed with familiar Christmas favorites form the backdrop for this memorable dramatic musical. Approximate length: 80 minutes. SATB. Moderately advanced. Songbook.
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Review 1 for I'll Be Home for Christmas: A Musical about Family & Hope in the Golden Days of Radio
Great 1940's-Style Christmas Music!
Date:November 8, 2012
My church performed this play about 8 to 10 years ago, and we all enjoyed it - especially the way it ministered to all ages in our congregation. Ordinarily a choir member, I was recruited to play "Lil", a widowed plumber and building superintendent. Like Ethel on "I Love Lucy", I had to stomp on the floor or bang on the pipes to get peoples' attention! The music is so much fun! My fave is the "Big Band Carol Medley"! And the play takes you from hilarity to tears as it ministers. If you can, have the choir and characters dress all in 1940's clothing! (For "Lil", I dressed in overalls and yellow galoshes, and carried a big crescent wrench!)