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The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
Teddy Randazzo, Molly Bee, Jo-Ann Campbell and Carding Cruz with his 24-piece orchestra play at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia, during The Christmas Cavalcade Of International Stars.
The Noel Coward-composed musical Sail Away is presented at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 167 performances.
The musical Milk And Honey, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, is playing at The Martin Beck Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 543 performances.
The stage musical Do-Re-Mi, starring Max Bygraves, with music by Jule Styne, is playing at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, England, Europe, during a run of 169 performances.
The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
The musical Irma La Douce is presented at The Alvin Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA during a total of 524 Broadway performances.
The musical Kean, based on the life of 18th Century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, is playing at The Broadway Theater, New York City, USA, during a run of 92 performances.
Musical comedy The Gay Life is presented at The Shubert Theater, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 113 performances.
Roy Acuff is undertaking a one-month tour of Spain, Europe, and Morocco, Africa, where he is performing for American troops, sponsored by the United Service Organizations.
Sarah Vaughan is playing during a three-week engagement at the My Fair Lady club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lambert, Hendricks And Ross are playing during a two-week engagement at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Louis Jordan plays during a lengthy engagement at Danny's Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Paul Anka is playing throughout Christmas and New Year at The Caribe Room, Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
The Jule Styne-composed musical Do Re Mi moves from the St James Theatre, New York City, USA, to the 54th Street Theatre.
Run To Him and Walkin' With My Angel by Bobby Vee peaks at No2 in Billboard's Singles Chart in the USA. Walkin' With My Angel is written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
Popular singer Max Bygraves presents Max Bygraves Invites You To Meet The Kids in hospital this Christmas, as a live outside broadcast for BBC-tv at The Hospital for Sick Children In Great Ormond Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Harry Belafonte is playing at The Riviera, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, supported by George Kirby.
The Rabin Band (directed by David Ede), The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Shane Fenton And The Fentones, Barbara Kay, Colin Day, Ray Pilgrim, The Hound Dogs and Arthur Greenslade And The Gee Men appear in the BBC Light Programme radio show Music For Your Party, in the UK.
Lloyd Price plays the second of two nights at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms peaks at No3 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
The Christmas No1 single in the UK is Tower Of Strength by Frankie Vaughan. The song is composed by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard.
Gene McDaniels plays during an eight-night run at The Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley is spending Christmas at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Country music songwriter Harlan Howard and his wife, the singer Jan Howard, give their boys a collie for Christmas. They name the puppy Bucko, for Buck Owens.
Billboard magazine in the USA reports that Columbia Records sales for the past year (1961) have increased by 25% beyond the 1960 figure. It is also reported that in 1961 the company had three LPs which exceeded the 1m sales mark - The Sound Of Music original cast soundtrack, Sing Along With Mitch by Mitch Miller and the same artist's More Sing Along With Mitch.
The horror film The Innocents, featuring eerie sound effects and music by Devizes-born Daphne Oram, goes on release in the USA. Oram was a successful composer, electronic music pioneer and co-founder of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop.
Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra are playing during a residency in The Grille Room of the Hotel Taft, New York City, USA.
The Christmas No1 single in Australia is My Boomerang Won't Come Back by Charlie D rake.
The Christmas No1 single in the USA and Canada is The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.
Tears From An Angel by Troy Shondell enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No77.