Duck the halls with boughs of holly.
“If he didn’t do something quick he’d be playing the title role in the off-loop revival of Duck Soup!”(from Millard, the Mallard, by Tom Amandes)
If it looks like a duck and waddles like a duck…
Tom Amandes leads a stellar ensemble in his delightful and funny Christmas story about a family of fowl heading south through a Chicago snowstorm, losing (and reuniting with) son Millard, who’s joined a circus. Featuring Cecilie O’Reilly as the Box Lady, and Paul Amandes as young Millard, with Jamie O’Reilly and Tom Amandes. Accompanied by Willy Schwarz on accordian.
Recorded live at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, 1987. Available here to the public for the first time!
(The above link will take you to Google Drive. The story is 12 minutes long.)
Millard, the Mallard Cast
Paul Amandes, Millard
Cecilie O’Reilly, Box Lady
Jamie O’Reilly, Mama
Tom Amandes, Narrator, Papa, Clown
The Rogues Christmas Quartet was active in the 1980s.
LISTEN to The Rogues White Christmas, vocal arrangement by Wayland Rogers.
SongNotes Millard, the Mallard
December Blog, 2021
Singing Christmas carols around the city was one of my first forays out of music school We had fun gigs: Marshall Field’s Atrium re-opening, a penthouse under renovation on Michigan Ave, swanky hotel ballrooms, and a steady at the AMA caferteria. (My Mom got us that gig).
Tom Amandes wrote Millard, the Mallard when our daughters were little. This winning tale of a family of ducks flying south through one of Chicago’s legendary snowstorms, showcases the talents of my sister Cecilie, as the Box Lady and Tom’s brother Paul, as the silly boy-duck Millard. We recorded it one wintry night in the late 80s. Available here for the first time! Inside jokes, puns and sound effects (on accordian), make listening again even more fun for me and our grandchildren!
The State Street Windows:
Christmas memories in Chicago
Coming this winter
Jamie O’Reilly with John Erickson
A MidWinter Concert
Serenades. Lullabies & Lovesongs
Tre Kronor Bistro, Chicago
Millard, the Mallard Recording Engineer: Timothy Powell
Rogues Christmas photo by Jennifer Girard; Jamie photo Iwona Biedermann Photography
Millard Illustration by Alex Br
© Millard, the Mallard, written by Tom Amandes, 1987, all rights reserved
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