Morristown magic: Matthew Broderick as King Herod in ‘Christmas Oratorio’ podcast

FEELING ORATORICAL: From left: the Rev. John Hartnett; the Rev. Janet Broderick; actor Matthew Broderick; and his nephew, John Kraft. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FEELING ORATORICAL: From left: The Rev. John Hartnett; the Rev. Janet Broderick; actor Matthew Broderick; and his nephew, John Kraft. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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 Video: Matthew Broderick gives reading of ‘A Christmas Oratorio’

 

 By Kevin Coughlin

He  ruled Broadway as Leo Bloom in The Producers.  In the Civil War drama Glory, he starred as a Union colonel.  And of course,  everyone remembers him in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Now, in Morristown, Matthew Broderick has tackled another epic role:

King Herod.

Broderick joined his sister, the Rev. Janet Broderick, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church this month for a reading of W.H. Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio

 Video: Matthew Broderick as King Herod

Written during World War II, it places the Christmas story in the 20th century.   Auden wanted  the piece set to music, but this proved too daunting for composer Benjamin Britten.

The Brodericks read on Dec. 9, 2016, with the Rev. John Hartnett, a Ridgewood minister who gave a masterful  recitation of Charles Dickens’  A  Christmas Carol at St. Peter’s in 2011.

Josh Stafford led some caroling by the audience afterward.

We have two video excerpts of Oratorio for you,  including Matthew Broderick’s monologue as Herod. 

 And the link below is an audio podcast of the full one-hour presentation.  Happy holidays!

 

Podcast: Matthew Broderick recites ‘Christmas Oratorio’ in Morristown

 

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FEELING ORATORICAL: From left: the Rev. John Hartnett; the Rev. Janet Broderick; actor Matthew Broderick; and his nephew, John Kraft. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FEELING ORATORICAL: From left: the Rev. John Hartnett; the Rev. Janet Broderick; actor Matthew Broderick; and his nephew, John Kraft. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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