Purchase NYC Christmas, an Album Benefitting ASTEP!

Celebrate the holidays with your very own copy of New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP!

Conceived, produced, and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-BabyAltar BoyzAllegiance), this album features Broadway’s best singing fresh, original approaches—pop, soul, R&B, rock and more—to your favorite holiday classics, along with original songs that will get you in the holiday spirit!

New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP is a special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby). This album features Broadway’s best singing fresh, original approaches—pop, soul, R&B, rock and more—to your favorite holiday classics, along with original songs that will get you in the holiday spirit! Each December, Lynne brings together some of the best musicians and singers in the Broadway to perform the album at the cozy and intimate Joe’s Pub in downtown Manhattan. Tickets on sale for the Dec 9, 2019 performance!

The album includes song sung by: Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Tony Nominee Andy Karl (Groundhog Day, Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Prom, The Wedding Singer), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

The album is available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and Ghostlight Records.

To mark the tenth anniversary, a newly recorded single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” performed by Telly Leung (Aladdin, In Transit, Allegiance), has been added to the album, which joins added singles “I Got All I Need (This Christmas)” an original song written by Lynne Shankel and Jon Hartmere sung by Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena and a hip-hop version of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” (music by Shankel) sung by Aurelia Williams (Once On This Island, In Transit)Kenita Miller (Once On This Island) and Kay Trinidad (Little Mermaid) based on the traditional poem.

For additional singles, click HERE and HERE.

All proceeds from album sales support ASTEP’s mission of connecting performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world. Through after-school workshops and summer camps, ASTEP uses the arts to give youth the skills they need to become the best versions of themselves. Purchase your copy today and celebrate the transforming power of the arts!

 

‘Tis the season for ASTEP’s benefit concert

300_nychristmas_hi-resIt’s that time of year to kick off the holiday season with the 8th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP!

Conceived, produced and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz, Allegiance), the evening will feature Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches—pop, soul, R&B, rock and more—of holiday songs off ‘New York City Christmas’ the album, available for purchase at the concert.

Date: Mon December 12
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre

Tickets are on sale NOW!
$75 for regular tickets
$100 for premium tickets

The concert will again boast an incredible line-up of artists, including Kate Baldwin (Big Fish, Finian’s Rainbow) Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), David Josefsberg (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (Wicked, Carrie), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, Million Dollar Quartet, Company), recording artist Anya Singleton, Helen White and many more. The concert will be directed by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Bare: The Musical, Carrie).

Also appearing will be musicians Shankel (on piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), Peter Calo (guitar), Jim Hershman (guitars), Max Mosten (violin), Summer Boggess (cello), Colin Brigstocke (trumpet), Scott Kreitzer (saxophone) and Jeff Schiller (saxophone).

ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales will support ASTEP’s mission of connecting performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world. Together, we give kids access to the transforming power of the arts!










Need a holiday gift? Purchase two new releases in support of ASTEP!

Makes for a great stocking stuffer!

Available for purchase on iTunes!

Two new special releases are also available for purchase: ”I Got All I Need (This Christmas)” an original song written by Lynne Shankel and Jon Hartmere sung by Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture) and Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie, Dogfight) and a hip-hop version of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” (music by Shankel) sung by Aurelia Williams (Sistas, The Musical, Papermill’s Once On This Island), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime) and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare) based on the traditional poem. The two songs were recorded on Yellow Sound Label are available on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold. All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP.

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New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP, on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight label, is a special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Summer of ’42, Paper Mill’s Once On This Island). Over the years, in several venues in Manhattan, Lynne brought together some of the best musicians and singers in the Broadway community, including Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP. The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon.com, and sh-k-boom.com.