The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

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The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
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Directed byHart Perry
Produced byPaul O'Neill
Taro Meyer
Michael Owen
Written byPaul O'Neill[1]
Music byPaul O'Neill
Robert Kinkel
Jon Oliva
Distributed byFox Family
Running time
46 minutes[1]

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve is a 1999 made-for-television film showcasing a Christmas music performance by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, starring Ossie Davis and Allie Sheridan. Guest performers included Michael Crawford and Jewel.[2] Other performers include Bob Kinkel, Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton, Jeff Plate, Tony Gaynor, Daryl Pediford and Tommy Farese.

Plot[edit]

The songs are presented in such a way as to form a storyline about a runaway who takes refuge in an abandoned theatre on Christmas Eve,[3] and experiences the musical performances as ghostly visions from the theatre's past. Ossie Davis as the caretaker, Allie Sheridan as the runaway, a special guest appearance by Joseph Jankovic as part of the children’s choir, and Jennifer Sheridan and TSO vocalist Tommy Farese as the runaway's parents are used to fill out the narrative.[2] The special was filmed at the historic Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey.

It premiered on Fox Family on December 14, 1999 as part of their 25 Days of Christmas programming block. On November 13, 2001, it was released on DVD[4] with the Timeless Version of "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" included as a bonus track.

The lost child, Allie Sheridan, would go on to perform with TSO during their 2003 tour.

This story was performed live for the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 winter tours.[5][6]

List of songs[edit]

  1. "O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night"
  2. "Good King Joy"
  3. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (featuring Jewel)
  4. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24"
  5. "Christmas Canon"
  6. "O Holy Night" (featuring Michael Crawford)[2]
  7. "Music Box Blues"
  8. "Promises to Keep"
  9. "This Christmas Day"
  10. "First Snow"

Reception[edit]

The New York Times reviewer said, "the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has carried out a mission to create powerful artistry in music through the webbing of songs together by means of storytelling...artists like Jewel and Michael Crawford bring their own unique twists to a musical exploration of art and the Christmas spirit."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sloboda, Sarah. "Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Special - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Trans Siberian Orchestra: The Ghost of Christmas Eve". TV Guide. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Trans-Siberian Orchestra". Green Bay, Wisconsin. December 7, 2014. Event occurs at 19:00–20:30. Wisconsin Public Television. WPNE-TV. Missing or empty |series= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "The Ghost of Christmas Eve (DVD - Atlantic #53127)". All Music. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announce 2017 Tour Intentions in Wake of Creator Paul O'Neill's Death". Loudwire. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "2018 Winter Tour Announcement". Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Retrieved 21 August 2018.

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