'We Need a Little Christmas' by Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little – dressed in one of her special Christmas outfits that she made herself – brings the magic of Christmas to viewers of Good Morning Australia in 1994.
She sings the classic track 'We Need a Little Christmas' from Jerry Herman's broadway musical Mame.
Angela Lansbury performed the song in the first production of the show on Broadway in New York in 1966 and Jeanne gives an accomplished rendition here.
Known for her comedy, Jeanne's sophisticated singing talent was first revealed on The Mike Walsh Show in the 1980s. She went on to perform in musicals such as Jerry's Girls and her one-woman shows Hello Dahling! and Marlene - A Tribute to Dietrich.
The song shows off Jeanne's rich voice beautifully and the arrangement is simple yet elegant. Musical television mainstay John Foreman provides accompanyment on piano.
Jeanne is a storyteller first and foremost, setting the scene before she sings. This performance is a great example of Jeanne's mix of original costuming, music and comedy to tell stories.
Learn more about the Gold Logie – winning entertainer in the Jeanne Little curated collection.
Excerpt from Good Morning Australia: Episode 693, broadcast 16 December 1994.
Notes by Beth Taylor