It Happened One Christmas Eve
November 27 - December 23, 2019
This Holiday Season, be sure to take a breather from all the hustle and bustle and join us for our very special holiday show. A heart-warming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas Eve and the magic she brings to the lives of those who find her. It captures the holiday message of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, UNDERSTANDING, LOYALTY, and PERSEVERANCE in a nostalgic blend of joy and nostalgia. The show is filled with favorite Christmas carols, popular seasonal songs, and some original songs sure to please the young, the old, and anyone in between!!
The show features a book by Bob Fitzsimmons, original music & lyrics by Steven Silverstein & Barbara Campbell, and musical arrangements by Steven Silverstein. The story of It Happened One Christmas Eve unfolds over several Christmas Eves. Told in flashback, it spans plenty of time periods: 1989 to 1919 to 1929 to 1938, 1941, 1944 and 1952. Then back to 1989.
There are plenty of songs, some familiar, some penned just for this show: From “Silent Night” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” to a bouncy “We Haven’t Got Time for Christmas” that opens the show and a heartfelt “I’m All Alone in the World.” There are plenty of storylines among a house full of interesting characters — an Irish cook, an English spinster, a Brooklyn showgirl who dreams of stardom, a proud Boston poetess, and two Romanian brothers. Their lives are changed forever one Christmas Eve when a baby is placed on their Brooklyn doorstep. That baby — they name her Dolly — grows in their love, a child of charity.
Bob Fitzsimmons, a gifted actor, director, and playwright, ran publicity for Westchester Broadway Theatre in its early days and also shepherded successful children’s plays there. The graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School, directed school and community theatre shows across Westchester until his untimely death, at 37, in 1992. Each year, WBT gives a scholarship in his name to a Stepinac graduate who has excelled in theatre.