About Perry Como's Christmas In The Holy Land
Honey voiced crooner Perry Como graced TV screens during the Christmas season for nearly half a century, first as the host of a long-running musical-variety series and later as the star (and producer) of ambitious holiday specials.
The religious traditions of Christmas often feature prominently in Como specials, but never more than in this production, shot on location in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Galilee. Perry sings “Ave Maria” at the Church of the Visitation and “The Lord’s Prayer” on the spot where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Shogun star Richard Chamberlain recites from the Bible and explains the history of the region. And the program concludes with a reenactment of the Nativity story, narrated by Como and filmed in many of the locations where these events happened.
Como, a devout Roman Catholic, also pays tribute to the interfaith heritage of the Holy Land by visiting a kibbutz and attending a traditional Hanukkah celebration with Israeli singer Ilanit. Christmas In The Holy Land is one of the most cinematic of the Perry Como specials. It’s also an inspirational and deeply moving program
Notable guest stars:
Richard Chamberlain, Ilanit
Produced by Bob Banner, Stephen Pouliot, Omri Maron