Theater–Music Talk

Barbecue by Robert O’Hara – Spotlight on Play Series stars Carrie Coon, Colman Domingo, Annie McNamara, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Metcalf, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen and more tonight December 10 at 5pm ET/8 pm PT – available till Dec. 14 to benefit The Actors Fund. visit Broadways Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.

Keen Company announced the guests for Keen’s Holiday Variety Hour, written and directed by Billy Recce, which premieres December 15 at 6:30 PM. The event will star Kate Baldwin, Graham Rowat, Whitney Bashor, Jared Zirilli, Nick Blaemire, Kathleen Chalfant, Jasminn Johnson, Ted Koch, Leenya Rideout, Marsha Mason, and Brenda Pressley, with special appearances by Heidi Armbruster, Marc delaCruz, Chris Dwan, Kevin Kilner, Jodie Markell, Jay Mazyck, Lauren Molina, Paul Niebanck, Pamela Sabaugh, George Salazar, and Sheldon Woodley. www.keencompany.org

Award-winning actor, director and writer Arian Moayed (Succession,Inventing Anna) wrote and directed an Original Christmas Radio Play “THE MAN IN RED” with original music by Butch Phelps, now available free on all audio streaming platforms. The cast features Aimee Carrero (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), Brian Cox (Succession), Brandon Dirden (The Americans), Brendan Donaldson (The Amityville Horror), Rodney Gardiner (David Makes Man), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Sue Jean Kim (I Know This Much Is True), Javier Muñoz (Hamliton), Phylicia Rashad (Jingle Jangle), Lily SantiagoLauren Sharpe (Boardwalk Empire), and Cecilia Suárez (The House of Flowers).

Tony Award winner Karen OlivoAaron TveitDanny BursteinSahr Ngaujah, and Robyn Hurder– stars of Moulin Rouge! The Musical-take to the 92 Y virtual stage with Ruthie Fierberg for a behind-the-scenes look at the show that’s been nominated for 14 Tony Awards including Best Musical and individual performer nominations for each of the panelists. December 21 at 7 pm. www.92Y.org

Daryl Sherman “belle of jingle” has a holiday gig coming up! A creative virtual jazz concert series, sponsored by the SKIPP PEARSON JAZZ FOUNDATION, dedicated to artistry and education – A Christmas with Jazz begins December 12, with a special unique performer each night from 7- 9 PM. Daryl Sherman will conclude the series with bass master Boots Maleson on Saturday December19, 7-9 PM (EST). Favorite, festive, funny, poignant, yuletide potpourri in the spirit of the old TV Christmas variety shows. More info and registration/admission https://3haxnxe.eventbrite.com

RAINBOW SUN PRODUCTIONS presents Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town: The 50th Anniversary Event, a special video presentation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion holiday special. Available December 11 thru December 14 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjkKrcprnw3z0NtCirkkmA . In 1970, the Rankin/Bass stop motion classic Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town premiered to outstanding reviews. Telling the origin story of Santa Claus, the special, featuring memorable performances by Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Robie Lester, and more, has become a viewing tradition each holiday season. This special presentation will feature appearances by (listed alphabetically) Barry Anderson, Izzie Baumann, Michael Lee Brown, Chelsea Davis, Lucas Davis, Matthew deGuzman, Amanda Detar, Irene Gallin, Michael I Haber, Eric Hallengren, Oli Higginson, Allie Hill, Kimberly Kreiner-Snyder, Amanda Kronhaus, Kellen Emily Loyle, John McGowan, Katie Nail, Angelisse Perez, Eric Scherer, Mackenzie Snyder, Sean Stephens, Nicole Taylor, and Ashley Vankirk. 100% of the donations collected will go to The Toy Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play.

Award-winning singer Dawn Derow brings some holiday cheer and joy with the release of her rendition of “White Christmas”. Beginning with the often-neglected opening verse, Derow guides listeners on a timeless journey as they dream of a “White Christmas.” Derow’s holiday single is the precursor to her upcoming album, My Ship: Songs from 1941, due out in 2021.

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