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-Baby, Altar 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-Plow, The Homecoming, Company,Taboo), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), as well as Sierra Boggess (Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Betsy Wolfe (Tales Of The City, Everyday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Michael Buchanan (Addams Family, Cry-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).
All proceeds from the concert and album sales benefit ASTEP