Album · 2001 · 22 Songs. The Last Leaf: What's She Like? Don Stephenson, Theresa McCarthy, Emily Loesser, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake, Albert Ahronheim & Peter Ekstrom. 14. The Last Leaf: Let's Drink a Toast! Theresa McCarthy, Emily Loesser, Bruce Adler, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake, Albert Ahronheim & Peter Ekstrom. 15. The Last Leaf: I Want to Paint the Bay of Naples. Emily Loesser, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake, Albert Ahronheim & Peter Ekstrom. 16. The Last Leaf: The Last Leaf
by Peter Ekstrom, O. Henry. Published with The Last Leaf in An O. Henry Christmas.
Peter Ekstrom's musical adaptation of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" has been a traditional holiday treat at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville for 17 years. This CD combines that one-act musical with the slightly darker but touching O. Henry story, "A New Leaf". The singing is extraordinary. The orchestrations sparkle. We play "Magi" over and over again and find something new to sing along with every time. Peter Ekstrom's "Gift of the Magi"offers this tender O'Henry story of two young newlyweds down on their luck in a new form that all can enjoy. The wonderfully performed songs are sweet and funny, the story is classic and always timely. The Last Leaf," from another O'Henry tale, also beautifully rendered, gives a tuneful perspective on the enduring power of hope and friendship, even at the darkest times.
Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. There was clearly nothing left to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
Peter Ekstrom, Emily Loesser - The Gift Of The Magi: Entre Scene, Della Returns 01:36. Bruce Adler, Theresa McCarthy, Peter Ekstrom - The Last Leaf: I'm A Failure In Art 03:45. Peter Ekstrom, Emily Loesser - The Gift Of The Magi: I Shall Let My Hair Down, Madame Sofronie 02:39. Don Stephenson, Peter Ekstrom - The Last Leaf: How The Wind Howled 03:05. Bruce Adler, Peter Ekstrom - The Last Leaf: Come In To My Humble Abode 01:54. Theresa McCarthy, Peter Ekstrom - The Last Leaf: Tomorrow When You're Feeling Well Again 02:05. Peter Ekstrom, Emily Loesser - The Gift Of The Magi: What Can I Give Him? 04:07. Theresa McCarthy, Peter Ekstrom, Emily Loesser - The Last Leaf: The Last Leaf 04:46. Peter Ekstrom, Emily Loesser - The Last Leaf: I Want To Paint The Bay Of Naples 04:02.
By Albert Ahronheim, Peter Ekstrom, Various Artists. 1. The Gift of the Magi (arr. A. Ahronheim): Overture - Opening Song (Della, Jim) - Emily Loesser, Don Stephenson, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake. The Last Leaf (arr. Ahronheim): I'm a Failure in Art (Behrman, Sue) - Theresa McCarthy, Bruce Adler, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake. 20. Ahronheim): Listen to the Wind (Sue) - Theresa McCarthy, Anthony Brackett, Wolfram Koessel, Victoria Drake.
The magi were wise men-wonderfully wise men-who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. They invented the art of giving Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were wise ones. And here I have told you the story of two young people who most unwisely gave for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days, let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: You have heard the American story The Gift of the Magi
The story of the Gift of the Magi deftly displays powerful themes of love, sacrifice, and the concept of true value and worth. This has helped make it the timeless classic it has come to be. O. Henry’s real name was William Sydney Porter. He was born on September 11, 1862 and died on June 5, 1910
Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending. Karen Leggett adapted this story for VOA Learning English. Your storyteller was Shep O'Neal. The producer was Lawan Davis. That was all. And sixty cents of it in the smallest pieces of money - pennies. She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. It was a chain - simple round rings of silver. It was perfect for Jim's gold watch. As soon as she saw it she knew that it must be for him. It was like him. Quiet and with great value. She gave the shopkeeper twenty-one dollars and she hurried home with the eighty-seven cents that was left. When Della arrived home she began to repair what was left of her hair.