“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, sung by LeAnn Rimes
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I have to say that while I never thought of it as a country song–it is, after all, from the Broadway musical Mame
(No, it is not from “Glee.” “Glee” did a very partial cover of it, but it was nonetheless written for and performed in Mame)
–it does seem to fit the genre. Still, no one sings it quite like the original Mame, Angela Lansbury, in the original cast album…
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…or ever after:
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She just gets better and better, doesn’t she? No wonder that Jerry Herman famously coached her (secretly, of course, since that sort of thing is Not Done) before her audition!
(By the way, isn’t that line, “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now!” quaint? No surprise that more recent productions change that line to “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week from Thanksgiving Day now!”)
Of course, Jerry Herman, who wrote the music and lyrics for Mame, is Jewish. His parents both worked the Catskill hotel circuit in their youths, and, after marrying, they eventually ran a Jewish summer camp (of course they did). That’s where Jerry got his first taste of theater, directing the camp shows (of course he did).
He moved from camp shows to college shows, from college shows to Off-Broadway revues, and on to Broadway. In addition to Mame, his best known shows are Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, and along the way he picked up a plethora of awards, including two Grammys (out of two nominations), two Tonys (out of five nominations), a Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Award.
These Jewish summer camps…