New York City Christmas: RETURNS!


We are thrilled to share that our annual Christmas concert will return to Joe’s Pub this year on MONDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 7PM!

After much anticipation, we can finally celebrate the return of our in-person annual benefit concert, conceived, produced, and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (NBC’s Annie Live, Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz, Allegiance). Now in its 12th year, our concert will feature Broadway’s favorites singing fresh, original approaches of holiday songs off of the ‘New York City Christmas’ album, along with several original songs. Don’t miss out on this exciting evening, filled with music and holiday cheer.

The concert will again boast an incredible line-up of artists, including Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Big Fish) Tony Award nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, Hamilton), Chester Gregory (Motown, Sister Act, Hairspray), Sierra Boggess (Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid), Alysha Umphress (On the Town, Smokey Joe‘s), David Josefsberg (Beetlejuice, The Prom), Kenita Miller (Come From Away, Once On This Island), Kuhoo Verma (Plan B, The Big Sick), Eric William Morris (King Kong), Gerard Canonico (Groundhog Day, Dear Evan Hansen), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill), Ben Roseberry (The Lion King), Alyse Alan Louis (Soft Power, Amelie), Becca Gottlieb (Nicholas Nickleby, Grand Thef), and Kennedy Kanagawa (Saturday Night, Into the Woods).

Shankel will be featured on piano with Randy Landau on bass, Frank Pagano on drums, Jim Hershman and Peter Calo on guitar, Sarah Hewil Roth on cello, Max Mosten on violin, Scott Kreitzer and Jeff Schiller on saxophone, and Colin Brigstocke on trumpet.


We’re also excited to Live Stream the concert for those unable to join us in-person. It’s free so sign up here!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please email Hannah Martin at for more info.

ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s efforts to cultivate the creative capacity, community, and courage young people need to thrive through the arts.

To purchase your own copy of New York City Christmas: An Album to Benefit ASTEPclick here.

For additional singles, click HERE and HERE.


A special thank you to our Sponsors!


Community Service Society

Steven Farkas

Jim Jones + Joe Langworth

Jeffrey + Gheña Korn

Oda + Henry Sham

Sheri Sarkisian

Wesfair Agency



A good ol’ fashioned holiday concert. With a twist!

 (photo by: Monica Simoes) 

ASTEP appreciates everyone who came out to support our 4th annual presentation of  our New York City Christmas Benefit on 12.12.11 at Joe’s Pub.  Conceived, produced and music-directed by orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-BabyAltar Boyz), the evening featured Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches of holiday songs from the ‘New York City Christmas’ album, available for purchase.

A special thank you to the performers and musicians who were instrumental in keeping the energy high and the festive spirits bright:

Raúl Esparza (Speed-the-PlowThe HomecomingCompany,Taboo), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday RaptureDirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Orfeh (Legally BlondeSaturday Night Fever), as well as Sierra Boggess (Master ClassThe Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister ActDreamgirls), Lindsay Mendez (GodspellEveryday Rapture), Betsy Wolfe (Tales Of The CityEveryday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A SongAssassins), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding SingerAltar Boyz), Michael Buchanan (Addams FamilyCry-Baby), Katy Basile, Derrick Cobey, Carlos Encinias, Desi Oakley, Seph Stanek and Julia Burrows, among others. In addition, were Lynne Shankel (piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), and Summer Boggess (cello). Mike Aarons (guitars), Craig Magnano (guitars), Justin Smith (violin), Cliff Lyons (sax), Jeff Schiller (sax), and Colin Brigstocke (trumpet).

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All proceeds from the concert and album sales benefit ASTEP