The first television production of "Amahl" in which the role of King Balthazar was sung by a real African-American. Earlier productions, including the 1951 original version, had had a white man in blackface singing the role. See more »
The story of a shepherd boy who meets the three Kings and the Christ child.
This was a wonderful Christmas program I would look forward to seeing every year around Christmas. I have been trying to get a copy of the 1950's or 1960's version so I could watch it with my children and family. I wish I could see this again. I really don't watch any of the Christmas specials that are put on TV anymore because most are so shallow. We as a family pull out the classic movies like its a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Christmas Carol and watch them instead. I liked the show as a boy because the music was great and the lyrics were fun if not even funny. It told the story of the birth of Christ from a young shepherd boys view and created in me a sense of wonderment. The singing and music was also very could and entertaining.
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