I make no secret of the fact I adore musicals. I love them so much I based my debut novel around them!
A fact you might not know about me is that I also love everything about Christmas, from traditional carols to fairy lights to attending midnight mass. I love new pyjamas and lighting the advent candle. I love all of it (except sprouts. I’m not a big lover of sprouts).
With that in mind you might be surprised to discover that until I started watching films as research for The Singalong Society for Singletons, I’d never seen the most festively titled musical going, Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas.
A friend was so horrified when she discovered this gap in my musical education that she insisted I borrow her DVD of it immediately, and it was the perfect musical to watch in the run up to the big day. It’s a heart-warming romantic comedy starring musical big-hitters Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney; with familiar songs including ‘Sisters’ and of course, ‘White Christmas’. It strikes the perfect balance of humour and heart-ache, which in my opinion is a must for any self-respecting musical. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely one to watch at this time of year.
Writing the scene where Mon and the rest of the Singalong Society settle down to watch the film on December 23rd was lots of fun, especially the part where Liam and Ray revel in hamming up their comedic performance for the girls entertainment. But I also loved adding some of my own favourite elements of Christmas preparation – trimming the tree, pigging out on chocolate, and spending quality time with loved ones. Although there are a few surprises in store for Mon and the gang in this chapter, and not only those wrapped up under the tree!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Harper Impulse readers a happy and peaceful festive period, and an extra special Merry Christmas to Sam Clarke for loaning me the DVD in the first place – especially as I forgot to include her in the acknowledgements of the book!
If you haven’t already buy The Singalong Society for Singletons here!