PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Michael Cerveris, Julia Murney, Annie Golden, "Joe Iconis & Family" Pick Favorite Holiday Tunes
20 Dec 2013
Rachel Sussman: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Judy Garland). My favorite is, without a doubt, Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from the 1944 classic "Meet Me in St. Louis." Judy can do no wrong in my book. It's shot so beautifully — Judy's Esther is all aglow and misty-eyed trying to soothe her little sister Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien. It gets my heart every time.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.