- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Family Time Audio Theatre
- Audible.com Release Date: October 19, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MA3ZKEN
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Jimmy and the Star Angel Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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When I first read that the ever prolific writer and audio producer Jerry Robbins was joining forces composer Jeffrey Cage to create an original Broadway musical based on every popular "The Star Angel" first released on CD back in 2012 (if memory is serving me correctly) by The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air, I was intrigued.
So, when Jerry and Jeffrey launched Family Time Audio Theater, it was only natural that one of the first two releases under the new production company's masthead would be "Jimmy and the Star Angel;" and I'm very glad that they decided to make a full version of their Broadway musical on audio.
What makes "Jimmy and the Star Angel" such a poignant Christmas story is that it bravely portrays how a brother and sister are coping spending their first Christmas together with their Mother after the passing of their Father.
Samantha (as portrayed by Lily Ramras) is embracing the joy of Christmas because it is a way to remember her Father and keep his spirit alive within her and everyone. Jimmy (as portrayed by Cameron Levesque) is angry and feels abandoned by their father and is destroying every Christmas tree ornament that he can get his hands on. It's this course of action, where he breaks an ornament that the adventure begins.
Shrunken down to ornament size by his actions on Christmas Eve night, Jimmy and Samantha learn from the Santa Claus ornament that has been brought to life by the magic of the evening, that they will turn into ornaments themselves unless they can get to the very top of the Christmas Tree where the Star Angel resides. Only she has the power to return Jimmy and Samantha back to their normal sizes.
But it's not an easy journey. Called by Santa to guide Jimmy and Samantha to the Star Angel, Cookie Dough Man '66 - a handmade ornament made by their father, leads them upward towards the top of the tree in a race to get there before dawn - when all ornaments on the tree loose their temporary lease on life and return to an inanimate state for another year until Christmas Eve night rolls around. They and the new friends they encounter must also avoid the "Empty Side" of the tree where the evil Scrimshaw (portrayed with delicious villainy by Jerry Robbins) waits to reek his revenge on "Jimmy the Destroyer."
"Jimmy and the Star Angel" quite successfully looks at the different ways a brother and sister handle the loss of their father. While Jimmy has a hard time forgiving; Samantha is begging Jimmy to see that she is hurting too, but that she's trying to be strong for everyone. Both Jimmy and Samantha learn on their journey upwards to the Star Angel that extremes are never good; and that every action they take may have unexpected consequences - as Samantha learns when she is captured by vengeful snowmen.
And the most heartening of all, is when Jimmy tells the Star Angel that he was wrong for his actions on his own, without expecting her to restore him to normal size.
With "Jimmy and the Star Angel," Jerry Robbins and Jeffrey Cage have created a new modern Christmas holiday classic that deserves to enjoyed year-after-year.
I am looking forward to future releases from Family Time Audio Theater!