Striking 12 is the concert-with-a-story, band-is-the-actors GrooveLily secular holiday show that put us on the map of the musical theatre world. We wrote it with Rachel Sheinkin, who is now famouser for having won a Tony for the book of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. But we had her first.
“Striking 12″ is indeed a holiday show that has more heart and fun than most of the manufactured entertainments competing for your consumer dollars.
– Frank Scheck, The New York Post
…this modest show is more artfully crafted and engaging than virtually all the standard-mold musicals coming our way these days…The most important ingredient for a successful musical, it has long been acknowledged, is a first-rate score, and this one is terrific. The lyrics are alive with wit and humor, and they don’t shy away from surging emotion either. I was hooked by a single, lovely pair of lines that manages the tricky feat of encompassing both: “I would not dwell on the past/If time would not go by so fast,” Mr. Milburn sings in “Last Day of the Year.” The music is rhythmic pop founded on a rich vein of melody, with Ms. Vigoda’s electric violin adding a distinctive note to the clean but potent arrangements.
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Performances of the show are popular this time of year, but you can also buy or download the music at various sources, including Amazon.
Groovelily also has another fairy tale oriented show, Sleeping Beauty Wakes.
And in the music vein for this fairy tale, don't forget my entry on The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music.