‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ will play this holiday season at NJ

The press was recently invited to see a sneak preview of A Christmas Story: The Musical. I was fortunate to have a good friend and wonderful photographer join me. So let me credit Lianne Schoenweisner of Spotlights Photography for all these really fine pictures!

The first song presented gave us an opportunity to meet many of the young performers in the cast.  They are fantastic!

Opening number

Just look at all the great expressions on these young performers faces:

Opening Spotting something

One of the most enjoyable numbers in the show comes after the dad wins his prize which turns out to be the famous leg lamp. The dancers are doing a great job with this as is Chris Hoch who plays the Old Man and Elena Shaddow who plays Mother.

Mom and Dad

Lamp song 4

He won a prize

I had a chance to chat with the director of the show, Brandon Ivie. Mr. Ivie has been with the production since the show opened on Broadway.

Me and director speaking

This final photo is of the entire company. Yes, it’s big and it is fun to see.

The company of the show

Free Holiday Concert, 12/7, at Lincoln Center

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit? Then just head up to Lincoln Center in New York City this Saturday, Dec. 7, and see a free holiday concert titled “Man With the Bag.” The concert will be presented at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium. Entrance for this event is on 65th St. & Amsterdam.

The concert is presented by the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the PhilHallmonics. The PhilHallmonics is led by founder, Broadway conductor and composer, Phil Hall and directed by Broadway choreographer Sharon Halley. The PhilHallmonics is made up of professional Broadway, cabaret and classical singers and dancers. “Man With The Bag” will feature Karen Arlington, Lynette Baiocco, Mary Lou Barber, Dolly Ellen Friedman, Lenore Fuerstman, Linda Sue Moshier, Alyson Reim, Martin Samuel, Diana Silva, and Becca Yuré. A three-piece band comprised of Phil Hall (piano) Karl Spicer (bass) Andy Drelles (reeds) will provide the music. And of course Santa himself will appear in the final number in and OUT of his Santa suit!

Holiday classics such as “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” “We Need A Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Once Upon A December,” “That Holiday Feeling,” “Little Saint Nick”, “I Love The Winter Weather,” and many more songs will be presented.

“Man With The Bag” is sure to make you smile, make you laugh and fill you with warm and toasty holiday feelings.

NOTE: The concert is free with general seating, and there is a maximum capacity of 200 seats. Since this is a popular free holiday event, it is strongly advised to be in line an hour prior to the performance time.

About The PhilHallmonics: Under the leadership of Phil Hall, The PhilHallmonics is a group of intergenerational women who sing so others can soar. Whether they are performing for corporate events and donating part of their fee to a favorite charity or providing their talents to raise money and awareness for humanitarian causes, they sing to send a message: it is never too late to follow your passion and, by doing so, find fulfillment and help others. The PhilHallmonics’ensemble of alluring singers and dancers will inspire you with their rich feminine energy and dynamic performances. Read more about this upcoming show on their website – http://philhallmonics.com/upcoming-shows/