"A charming new musical...brightened by 16 hummable songs"
The Oakland Tribune
"The Man Who Saved Christmas" is loosely based on the true story of A.C. Gilbert (the inventor of The Erector Set.) Set in 1917, as America is embroiled in the first World War, this 'new old-fashioned’ crowd-pleaser focuses on Gilbert's battle with the U.S. government as it attempts to ban toy sales during the holiday season.
Added to the mix: A secretary who keeps her heart on ice and a visiting reporter determined to thaw it out; the nefarious Iago of the toy factory, Mister Dixon; Gilbert's loving wife Mary; and the Gilberts' precocious niece Ellen, who untangles the myriad complications in which the young lovers--and the Toy Tycoon--find themselves.
In addition to these characters, the stage is populated by the singing/dancing workers of the A.C. Gilbert Toy Factory, doughboys and their families, a chorus line of high-stepping kiddies, and the pompous Washingtonians who wind up sitting on the floor and playing with toys by the time A.C. Gilbert is finished with them!
Boasting 16 new songs that instantly feel like old friends, this is the holiday show that has left reviewers scrambling for superlatives. Regional and community theatres have been wishing for a show like "The Man Who Saved Christmas"--and now it has arrived.
And just in time for the holidays!
The Cast Size
As few as 15
As many as 100!
7 Principal Roles (4 M, 3 F)Speaking Parts for Adults & Kids
The Man Who Saved Christmas is orchestrated for a 14-piece orchestra. A small combo version is also available.
The blustering but kind-hearted head of the A.C. Gilbert Toy Factory.
A young newspaper reporter from Boston. He comes to New Haven
to find a story, but finds love instead.
Gilbert's loyal and efficient personal secretary, who takes an immediate
dislike to Johnny (but not for long).
Gilbert's loving and wise wife, whose brother has been deployed to France
The Gilberts' niece who is staying with them while Daddy is 'over there.'
A supervisor at the Factory who admires Alice and loathes Johnny.
Missing in action. Seen as a memory in Ellen’s dream.
Factory Workers, Doughboys and families, Washingtonians
Buddy, Sammy, Cricket, Gertie (add more to the Kid's Chorus)
"We've Got A Lot To Do!"
"Dream A Dream"
"Daddy Has To Leave You"
"It's Very Dangerous"
"You And Me"
"I Think, I Think"
"A New Man"
"See You In The A.M."
"All I Want For Christmas"
"What's Wrong With The Grown-ups?"
"No More Love Songs"
"You And Me" (reprise)
"Leave The Toys Alone"
"A Very Merry Christmas After All"
Dixon and Factory Workers
Johnny and Alice
Gilbert and Ellen
Ellen's Daddy, Doughboys
Gilbert and Johnny
Johnny, Alice, Gilbert, Dixon
Johnny, Factory Workers
Gilbert, Mary, Full Company
Ellen and the Kids
Johnny and Alice
Mary and Gilbert
Gilbert, Johnny, Washingtonians