The Sunday Giveaway: Two tickets to hear Whoopi Goldberg read The Night Before Christmas!

Ho ho ho, it’s the holidays!

And when you think holidays, you think Santa Claus, Frosty The Snowman . . . and Whoopi Goldberg?

Leave it to the NY Philharmonic to shake up the ol’ Christmas Classic, The Night Before Christmas, by having Whoopi Goldberg read it to their holiday concert audience on December 19th!

What a fun idea, right?  Who says orchestras were boring?  Way to go, NY Phil.

You want to go, don’t you?  You’re curious about what the Whoop is gonna say.  Whatever she says, you know it’ll be funny.

And lucky for you, I’m giving away two tickets for free!

How do you win?

The Night Before Christmas is a classic.  If not, what is?  Are you a It’s A Wonderful Life lover?  Or maybe the classic Rudolph cartoon?

Me?  I love the mouse version of Twas The Night Before Christmas.  

Tell me your favorite holiday classic in the comments below and one of you will get to see Whoopi!

(Bonus points if it could be made into a musical – if it hasn’t already.)


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  • The Little Match Girl by Brothers Grimm. It’s a bittersweet story that reminds you to be grateful for what you have and to be hopeful about what the new year brings. It could definitely be made into a musical!


  • Sarah P. says:

    A Christmas Story, of course (both the movie and now the musical!)…so many classic hilarious lines, and it will always make me remember all the great times watching it with my family on/around Xmas! “You’ll shoot your eye out!! 🙂

  • Randi says:

    The song White Christmas!

  • Lynn Anderson says:

    The now-politically-incorrect “Little Drummer Boy”! A Broadway musical could do for Arab-Americans what “The Lion King” did for African-Americans – showcase talent and make ethnicity cool!

  • Lydia Shirley says:

    The Year Without a Santa Claus. Definitely could be made into a musical!

  • Lisa Ennis says:

    hi Ken! My absolute favorite is A Christmas Story! My whole family and I watch it every year! I have a leg lamp and leg lamp night lights of course! Took my parents to the Broadway show- loved it!!! Look forward to the 24 hr marathon on every year on Christmas Eve- we never miss it! 🙂 Must add tho, my cuz and sister also happen to be obsessed with Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas-so of course we watch that too! :))

  • Jeremy McComish says:

    I grew up with the Santa Clause movie, the first one. This movie is always a staple of my family’s holiday movie queue. I think this would make a great show with both literal realistic scenes into magical north pole settings. I feel it is also a show both children and adults could find enjoyment in.

    Perhaps Disney will get into the Christmas Theatre Scene…..

  • Sue Cohen says:

    My favorite is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It has everything!

  • Nicole says:

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Alexis Marnel says:

    Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer!!! I love when the under dog wins!

  • Claire says:

    Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is my favorite!

  • Kay says:

    Ohhhh ! Santa Claus is coming to town with Fred Astaire !

  • Bert F says:

    There are two that we watch every year. The first is All I Want for Christmas with the incomparable Lauren Bacall. The other is the Muppet Christmas Carol. I still get teary-eyed on that one.

  • Jeryl Marcus says:

    Miracle on 34th Street

  • Ben Stiefel says:

    Easter Parade!

  • Corine Cohen says:

    The Year Without A Santa Claus and Frosty The Snowman. Both would make great musicals.
    Corine Cohen

  • Corine Cohen says:

    This is my favorite:

  • Susan Huizinga says:

    A Christmas Carol!

  • David Rigano says:

    I’m partial to Mrs. Santa Claus.

  • Carol B says:

    A Christmas Carol as read by Sir Patrick Stewart (seen twice on B’way!) and now heard on DVD. The TV movie was good too. 🙂

  • eva says:

    MR. McGoo’s Christmas Carol. Already a musical with the best lyric ever: We’re reprehensible. We’ll steal your pen or your pensible.

  • John P. says:

    The Frosty the Snowman cartoon with Jimmy Durante.

  • Marcinho says:

    I Love “The Night Before Christmas”, and have loads of awesome memories of it, from my childhood! But…”It’s a Wonderful Life”!!! I just watched it on television last night, and that, for me, says “Christmas”!

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Rudolph. Why couldn’t it be made into a musical? Gotta be creative though to make the reindeer costumes!

  • Great giveaway!
    My favourite holiday movie is Home Alone. And I think it would be an awesome musical.

  • Eldonie says:

    Disney’s A Christmas Carol

  • Joseph G. says:

    The Preacher’s Wife!

    (And it would make a GREAT stage musical!)

  • Elizabeth Gibson says:

    Romulus Linney’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens–a show I wus ‘onored ta play an old hunchback wif a Cockney accent in. I believe there is a musical adaptation that was on Broadway several years ago.

  • Perri says:

    I always always partial to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I think the aesthetic would transfer nicely to a musical…Tim Burton at his cheeriest!

  • Ron Emerick says:

    When I was growing up, even into my 20s, I had to see three films every year at holiday time: Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and any of the older versions of A Christmas Carol. But now that I have lived for 35 years in Indiana, PA–birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, with a museum named for him, a statue of him in front of the courthouse, and numerous other tributes to him,(airport, street name, even restaurant menus)–I have to go with It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • “Love Actually”
    Is it a classic? I don’t know, and I do love the classics; but each year, I now find myself compelled to see it at least once.

    The plot turns in the ensemble of characters would certainly make one-helluva musical

  • Stephen says:

    Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas – already made into a musical. But wouldn’t it be great if the amazing Marilyn Sokol could reprise her role as Ma Otter?



  • Reg says:

    The Preacher’s Wife! The story is a classic love story and show about faith and hope and family. And it appeals to Whitney fans (hello female and gay audiences) and the black community (again, target audience). Plus the music would lift the roof off a Broadway theater. And who knows, Denzel might want to star 😉

  • Solange De Santis says:

    My classics are musicals, but not in the Broadway sense — the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. Shows with music … and stories.

  • Dean Lance says:

    “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” is the all-time best. And it already IS a musical—written by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. That’s after Rodgers and Hammerstein and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows passed on it. Didn’t hurt it a bit!

  • Jonathan Bach says:

    By far Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!!

  • Elise says:

    You know me – I’m old school all the way! Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with Clooney, Hope, Kaye, Ellen – The Best Things Happen While You Are Dancing.

  • rita says:

    Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol!

  • Giuseppe says:

    “A letter from Santa Claus” by Mark Twain. The idea of changing the perspective and letting Santa Claus write a letter is very cool!

  • fran says:

    The Bishop’s Wife. I mean Cary Grant as an angel; is that typecasting at its best or what! Also feaures David Niven and Loretta Young. I have the cd and watch it every year. From the ice skating scene to the self-decorating christmas tree, the magic is fun.

  • Barb Seaton says:

    The Claymation Christmas Special has some of the very best music and humor. I love all the plays on “Here We Come A-Wassailing!” (Waffling, Waddling, Wallowing) “We Three Kings” in doo-wop style is awesome. The California Raisins are long forgotten, but I always watch this show and it could be fun turning it into a stage musical.

  • Luci Jo DeVoy says:

    Love Actually! Love that movie

  • Brian says:

    National lampoon’s Christmas vacation.

  • Stewart Eiss says:

    The 1951 version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Alastair Sim. Hands down this is the best version of this Dickens clasic. I try and watch this every year since I was a boy. Over 50 years now. Just something about this version. Not only Alastair Sim but Mervyn Johns (Bob Crachit) as well as the rest of the cast stir up your emotions to the point of tears. I know this has been a musical so I tried to think of something else but I just couldn’t let myself do it.

  • Valarie Lamour says:

    A great holiday song that has not been made into a musical but would be a great Christmas and Romantic Comedy is “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Imagine the twist with a dream cast and writers (Tina Fey (Writing ) Kristen Wigg, Kyrsta Rodriguez, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly O’hara, Raul Esparza, Ben Stiller, Ben Stiller,Luke or Owen Wilson, Rob McClure, Shemar Moore, too many to mention), could do with this idea. After writing this, I think I’ll write the book myself. Now if I could only get the right’s to the song.

  • Miriam says:

    Every year I’ve watched “Meet Me In St. Louis” at Christmas time. As a Jew, I’ve been told throughout my years that this isn’t technically a traditional Christmas movie, but it is MY traditional Christmas movie.

  • Brandon Suisse says:

    Hands down my favorite holiday “classic” is the Carol of the Bells segment from A Claymation Christmas (1987). Youtube it…and pretend you’re 12 years old.

  • My choices for must watch Christmas titles are a bit off the beaten track .

    My first choice is
    Kenneth Branagh’s A MIDWINTERS TALE /IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER . One of the best films about putting on a play ,with the added bonus of it being set at Christmas time.

    Second , is an off beat Hammer film called
    CASH ON DEMAND . The brilliant Peter Cushing is a Scrooge like character who finds out he does need his workers when confronted by a suave bank robber (Andre Morell ) in this Christmas caper flick .

    Finally, THE BLUE CARBUNCLE . Holmes for the holidays.
    Two brilliant Holmes on two different DVDS.
    Peter Cushing (again)
    Jeremy Brett.

    Merry Christmas ,everyone .

  • Bill Guy says:

    “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” (wink, wink)! But seriously, “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas”! Combines a great story with the genius of Jim Henson- how can you go wrong with that. I saw it on TV when I was about 12, and then, years later, decided I wanted a copy of it and spent another few years trying to find the DVD. Now it’s part of my yearly tradition.

  • Bobbi Smith says:

    I think that the “Nightmare before Christmas” would make a terrific Broadway musical. There is a lot of music, so there wouldn’t have to be many more songs written for it. The supernatural parts could easily be made with Broadway’s magic, so…This would also be for adults as well as older children. A nice holiday show to be seen by the whole family.

  • Robert W. Piper says:

    The nightmare before Christmas! If it isn’t a Broadway musical within the next 20 years, I’ll become rich and produce it myself!

  • Mary Kate Noon Cole says:

    Every year the whole family would sit in front of the TV and watch Amahl and the Night Visitersby Monetti. It was actually written for TV. We loved it.

  • Jeff Miele says:

    As much as I adore Frost and A Christmas Story I have to admit, Die Hard is a pretty fun film to watch around the holidays.

  • My favorite holiday classic is Charles Dicken’s “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” and the first time it was made into a musical was and will always remain the best because no one will ever surpass the Holiday music of Jule Styne.

    His “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, co-written with Sammy Cahn in 1945 still remains a winter necessity, but his music with lyrics by Bob Merrill for “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” is outstanding with every song radiating totally different emotions.
    “Winter Was Warm”

    “It’s Great to be Back on Broadway”
    “All Alone in the World” (probably the saddest song ever written)
    “Ringle, Ringle”
    “We’re Despicable” (The Plunderer’s March)
    “The Lord’s Bright Blessing”

    Even the background music is emotionally charged to fit the scenes.
    Every song in this musical version totally captivated me the moment I first saw it on television in December 1962. There is a way to have the music from this TV show adapted and performed live on Broadway, but no one has ever considered it.

    Tickets to see Whoopi, please!

  • Tom B says:


  • I’m an Artistic Director and direct quite a bit. One of my favorite Christmas specials is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I believe this soooo could be adapted to the stage and do very well. Call me and give me the chance to direct it if you do. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Sarah L. says:

    I was a child of the 60’s and there were two books: Santa Mouse (1966) and Santa Mouse Where Are You (1968). Every year I left cheese out for Santa Mouse along with the milk and cookies for Santa. And each year, Santa Mouse left a small gift for me hiding in the branches of the Christmas tree. Just like in the books. And you have to pick me because my BIRTHDAY is December 19th (I’ll show you my driver’s license!) and I need to celebrate to celebrate with Whoopi!

  • Alexa B says:

    The Muppets Christmas Carol

    hands down

  • You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!! Need I say more???

    Ho Ho HO

  • Emily Herschbein says:

    Charlie Brown Christmas Special!

  • Noah P says:

    A Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Cathie A says:

    So many favs. But topping the list of Christmas Specials would be “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”. Fred Astaire narrates, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus & music by Eddie Cantor. Ya gotta love a show with a character named Burgermeister Meisterburger !

  • Debra DiPace says:

    The Christmas Shoes!

  • Queerbec says:

    I continue to be moved by Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” and I am so pleased to be able to attend the musical version at the Irish Rep this season!


    I’m Stanley N. Lozowski a writer/producer of films —see our METHOD ACTING (2005) one of nine short films produced for IFC —but I also develop theatrical plays; mostly musicals. I’m still enchanted with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and a GREAT version is playing until December 27, 2014 at the THEATRE THREE (Broadway on 412 Main Street) in Port Jefferson, NY ( where the best seats are only $23. Watch scenes from Theatre Three’s “A Christmas Carol” here:

    In 2011, I was DUMBFOUNDED as I read with awe the Forbes list of the “Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time” and Mark Hughes selected as the winner, “the Number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because DIE HARD is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It’s a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street; the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol; plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There’s Christmas, and then there’s Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family — which do YOU prefer?”

    I must admit, punching terrorists in the face, hearing Bruce Willis say, “NOW, I Have a Machine Gun!” and winning back your entire family is a very strong act to follow.

    What’s interesting is that the Best Christmas Film (DIE HARD) included the best WINTER song “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” composed by my favorite, Jule Styne (lyrics by Sammy Cahn ) and written in July 1945 in Hollywood, California during a heat wave. And when winter rolls around, musical thoughts seem to always turn to Vaughn Monroe’s hit recording of “Let It Snow!” Recorded by Vaughn Monroe for RCA Victor in 1945 and commonly regarded as a Christmas song, the song makes no reference to the holiday in its lyrics. Vaughn’s warm, deep, baritone voice makes his interpretation of this tune the best and the version used in DIE HARD and DIE HARD 2 is faster than the original 1945 version!

    “A Christmas Carol” in all its numerous forms is the best Christmas gift anyone can ever ask for. For years Sir Patrick Stewart has done a one person stage version of “A Christmas Carol” playing all the parts. Twice he has taken it to New York where he received rave reviews. He also starred in the 1999 TV Movie, “A Christmas Carol”.

    AND even if you’re not a STAR TREK fan, don’t miss James Covenant’s brilliant version of the Best Winter Song ever written! Nothing says holiday cheer like STAR TREK’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard singing “Let it Snow!”

  • Laura says:

    “While You Were Sleeping ” is a favorite and oils make a great musical!

  • Julio Cardia says:

    So, I am from Brazil and HOME ALONE was (and still) a BIG HIT during the holiday season. I grow up watching it over and over so its my favorite classic because it seems timeless and it has humor and drama, talks about family and brings the best of us during this time of the year. I am not a huge fan of musicals (as 80% of the Brazilians – my Mom and my sister couldn’t go trough the first 30 min of LesMis on the Theaters) but I think I would go to watch a musical of Home Alone even if I don’t count that much as an audience. I mean, how many latinos watch broadway shows compared to others? 😀

  • Mary says:

    The Preacher’s Wife!

  • Ed Ertle says:

    Mrs. Santa Claus.

    This made-for-tv musical was the first one to be created specifically for tv in nearly 40 years. It has a fantastic score by Jerry Herman, wow choreography by Rob Marshall, and a supporting cast including Terrence Mann, Michael Jeter, and Charles Durning. Best of all is the perfectly-cast Angela Lansbury in the starring role. I mean, c’mon, she looks just as though you can imagine Mrs. Kringel would look. It’s set in 19th century New York, and has super production values. Why it hasn’t become an annual broadcast classic is beyond me, but I watch my DVD of it loyally every year. I feel it would reach a huge Broadway audience–check it out!

  • Megan T. says:

    My favorite is Polar Express. I work as a teacher, and I love watching it with my students the day before Christmas break!!!

  • Eva Mack says:

    Babes in Toy Land… so many memories

  • Dan Radakovich says:

    :ookimg to eventual West End production I’d go with Bernard and the Genie[Akan Cumming ‘s first big role] and A Blackadder Christmas involving new skits as if from all 4 series and the Blackadder Christmas Carol together. And Baldrick gets mouse-nose pie…at ;ast.

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