The music of pop star Gwen Stefani will be featured in Hallmarc’s A Christmas Murder, described as “an original TV holiday movie parody-jukebox musical” having its premiere 11:30 PM December 20 at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.
The show will star Bonnie Milligan, who has appeared in the national tour of Kinky Boots and has made numerous appearances at the club, including playing the starring role in its March 2017 concert staging of the long-lost musical Rachael Lily Rosenbloom...and Don't You Ever Forget It!. Milligan has also appeared in God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (Encores!), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), and Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater).
Her co-stars will be Matt Doyle (A Clockwork Orange, Sweeney Todd) and Molly Hager (Waitress, Heathers) with a special guest appearance by the Food Network and Cooking Channel’s Zac Young. Also appearing in the cast: Larry Owens (Spamilton), Dana Scurlock (Endangered), Dana Steingold (Avenue Q), and Natalie Walker (Puffs).
Here's how the authors describe the plot: “It’s Christmas in Charity Fails, a midwestern suburb where the third best baker, Sarah Jessica, is trying to win the Merry Christmas America cupcake pageant. But everything is thrown into chaos when the neighboring bakeshop experiences a terrible murder. What will Sarah do to save Christmas?”
This jukebox musical tells it story with tunes drawn from the songbook of three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Stefani, lead vocalist with the band No Doubt, whose hits have included “Don’t Speak,” “Just a Girl,” “Hollaback Girl,” “The Sweet Escape,” “Hey Baby,” and “It’s My Life.” Stefani just released her first Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas.
Hallmarc’s A Christmas Murder was conceived by Milligan and Tim Drucker, who also directs this concert production. Will Van Dyke will serve as music director.
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street, beneath Studio 54, in Manhattan. Tickets, which cost $20 to $40 (plus a two-drink or $20 food/beverage minimum), can be ordered here. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are available only by calling (646) 476-3551.