A 2020 Message From Michael
For 29 years, a live theatrical stage production based on THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS (my original Christmas story with music) has toured throughout the U.S. to packed theaters during the holiday season. Over a million tickets sold since its release in 1991.
Each year there have been special additions, surprises and production values added to the show that have enhanced the spirit of the songs and the emotional impact of the story. In 2019, the story and songs were completely RE-IMAGINED on stage in ways that so resonated, not only with our audience members who come every year as part of their Christmas Holiday tradition, but also with people who were experiencing THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS for the first time.
So, we knew we just had to figure out a way to EXPAND the reach of the stage play…and then came a global pandemic and we didn’t know if our dream was even possible. There’s a line in our show that says, “Miracles really do happen at Christmas time, don’t they?” And that’s has happened here. Through hard work, tenacity and many miracles, things started falling into place.
It started when another popular stage play was released AS A FILM…the stage production of HAMILTON. Seeing that stage to screen transformation inspired us to find a way to safely film THE NEWLY REIMAGINED FORGOTTEN CAROLS in front of a very small LIVE AUDIENCE!
Funding was offered to support the production and a grant was awarded through the Utah Film Commission. Then a beautiful theatre that would allow us to film was instantly available when our initial choice cancelled. You see. Miracle after miracle.
Then, while filming the performance in front of a socially distanced and masked audience, something truly magical happened! You’ll understand what I’m writing about when you are able to experience what our production team is calling “our miracle of 2020”: The stage to screen adaptation of THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS!!! -- Michael McLean
The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.
About The Author
In the past 30 years, Michael McLean has sold more than 1.5 milion copies of his more than 30 albums, 5 books and 2 videos. He is a songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director. With a backgound in film, Michael began early in his career making commercials for radio and television, and later used his film experience to produce and direct several films, including Together Forever, The Prodigal Son, and Mr. Krueger's Christmas, staring film legend Jimmy Stewart.
He released his debut album, You're Not Alone, in 1983 and from there began a best-selling musical legacy. Since 1991 Michael has performed The Forgotten Carols for more than 1 million people across the country, and "The Carols" has become a beloved tradition for thousands of families who mark the beginning of their holiday season with this magical musical. Michael and his wife, Lynne, have 3 children and 5 grand children and live in Daniel, Utah.
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