Sunday, December 6, 2009
Happy St. Nicholas Day
Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day, and that means another visit to Holland, the land of Hans Brinker. Hans is the inspiration for one of the most delightful and popular presentations of TV's Hallmark Hall of Fame. In addition to sterling talent already mentioned here, the spectacular Hallmark Hall of Fame production also featured a teleplay by Sally Meet Me in St. Louis Benson and musical arrangements by the great Irwin Kostal (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), for it's from a bygone era when network TV featured musicals created especially for the medium. Incredibly, in a musical theatre (TV division) worthy of St. Nicholas himself, the long-forgotten songs by Hugh Martin (also of Meet Me in St. Louis film fame) have been released on a CD (including a 16-page booklet about the Hall of Fame production), which you can discover here.