Pam Andrews - Hotel Bethlehem

Published Thursday 14th December 2006
Pam Andrews - Hotel Bethlehem
Pam Andrews - Hotel Bethlehem

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17323-11630
LABEL: Integrity 000768218822
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Matt Crossman

Welcome to Hotel Bethlehem, the finest hotel in the land. An establishment filled, bizarrely, with playful musical interludes, choirs and the harsh face of corporate America. This children's musical unfolds the Christmas story told from the perspective of the overbooked luxury Hotel Bethlehem, its staff and guests. It's an interesting take on the story of Christmas - the tender hearted stable boy breaks the rules to allow couple "with child" to use the facilities of his stable, thus jeopardising his position with the customer service obsessed management who revokes his Christmas bonus. Cue boos. The stable boy gazes into the distance (one imagines) as he realises what the true treasure in life is. Pam Andrews' choral creations and arrangements for this Christmas musical are simple yet intriguing, with some lovely moments sung by the talented cast of under-12s. However, many of the characters are American stereotypes - the western cowboy, the New York wheeler dealer, the southern "belle" - which might not translate all that well to a UK audience, along with some of the corny humour, though the gospel message is clear. But really, this is great entertainment for the family - although some songs are more singable than others, and it might be a bit hard to get an actual production together without involving some older heads - probably one for the nuclear family people carrier's CD player on the way down to visit Granny on Christmas eve.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Overture- Angels We Have Heard On High [Listen]
2. Scene One [Listen]
3. Welcome To Hotel Bethlehem [Listen]
4. Scene Two [Listen]
5. Counting Song [Listen]
6. Scene Three [Listen]
7. Miracles [Listen]
8. Scene Four [Listen]
9. Sorry [Listen]
10. Scene Five [Listen]
11. Never Forget There Is Hope [Listen]
12. Scene Six [Listen]
13. Following A Star Named Jesus [Listen]
14. Scene Seven [Listen]
15. A Way-Away In A Manger [Listen]
16. Scene Eight [Listen]
17. We've Just Met Jesus [Listen]
18. Scene Nine [Listen]
19. Finale- Angels We Have Heard On High-Jesus, What A Wonderful Child! [Listen]
20. Bow Music- Jesus, What A Wonderful Child! [Listen]

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Product Description
'Hotel Bethlehem' is bubbling with excitement and a feeling that something wonderful is about to happen! This innovative children's musical provides a new slant on the Christmas Story through entertaining drama and fun, easy to learn songs that communicate the true meaning of Christmas to young hearts and minds.
Music, scenes, narration, and production notes are included in the songbook. Supporting products are available including a Split Trax CD, and a Choral Songbook with production notes and narration, and a full Resource Kit containing lesson plans, movement ideas and more for each song.

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