Judy Garland Christmas Special (1963)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This was a live pre-recorded Christmas special from 1963, starring the incomparable Judy Garland.  Joining Judy are her children -- a very young Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft.  It was part of the short-lived The Judy Garland Show, a show Judy was never comfortable doing, although her incredible talent shines through.

The guest stars are the fine singers Mel Torme and Jack Jones, among others.

Since I am too young to have seen this special when it was originally on, I was delighted to discover it on YouTube!  What's interesting is that it includes the original commercials!

This show was made under difficult conditions. President Kennedy had been assassinated only weeks earlier, and the country was still in mourning.

Liza went on to a brilliant if erratic career as one of the few EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners. Lorna went on to be a singer/actress, and Joey worked mostly behind the scenes. There is an interesting article from this year about Joey where he reminisces about this show.

Tracy Everitt, the man who danced the "Steam Heat" number with Liza, has gone on to a fine performing and teaching career. He's from Hoboken, New Jersey! New Jersey represent!

There is an entertaining review of this show here.


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