The 10th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP was a smashing success! With a sold out show, over 200 people gathered at Joe’s Pub on Mon Dec 10 to celebrate the holiday season while raising funds for vital arts programming for young people from underserved communities.
This benefit concert and album is special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby) and performed by an incredible line-up of artists, including Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Sierra Boggess (Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock), Gerard Canonico (Be More Chill, Groundhog Day), Becca Gottlieb (Nicholas Nickleby, Grand Theft), Chester Gregory (Motown, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), David Josefsberg (The Prom, The Wedding Singer), Derek Klena (Anastasia, Wicked), Melody Madarasz (Mad Libs Live, The Little Mermaid (tour)), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill, The Jonathan Larson Project), Eric William Morris (King Kong, Corum Boy), Alyse Alan Louis (Amelie, Disaster!, A New Brain ( CityCenter)), Shea Renee (Allegiance), Marissa Rosen (Bedbugs, My Big Gay Italian Wedding), recording artist Anya Singleton, and Sally Wilfert (Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).
Also appearing will be musicians Shankel (Piano), Joe Mowatt (Drums), Randy Landau (Bass), Peter Calo (Guitar), Eric Davis (Guitar), Summer Boggess (Cello), Max Mosten (Violin), Colin Brigstocke (Trumpet), Harry Hassell (Saxophone) & Scott Kreitzer (Saxophone)
A big thank you to everyone involved, especially our event sponsors!