As readers of these pages know, one of my fave little-known musicals is the British show Pickwick, and I'm a big fan of its star Harry Secombe, who was one of the leads with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan on the classic BBC radio program The Goon Show, and is best-known to U.S. audiences as 'Mr. Bumble' in another Dickens production, the Oscar-winning Best Picture Oliver!. Being based on Dickens, it is not surprising to find that some of the story of Pickwick is set at Christmas, with a very nice song by Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse that most people don't know, "That's What I'd Like for Christmas."
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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