Proceeds still go to support the programs of ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty). So, what's new this year?
"A kind of bluegrass-meets-pop arrangement of 'What Child Is This?,' which I wrote for the Carols For A Cure album for the cast of Next to Normal," Shankel (Summer of '42, Vanities, Cry-Baby) said. "It will be sung by Michael Buchanan, me, Lindsay Mendez, Christina DeCicco, Kay Trinidad and Miles Johnson."
There's also a new arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter" for the concert's host Raul Esparza. Shankel explained, "It's James Taylor meets something Celtic."
In addition to sacred and pop Christmas songs, Shankel said to expect "an original song by David Josefsberg to represent his Jewish peeps. It's a rockin' comedy song called 'Christmas Lovin' Jew.' It's a riot."
"New York City Christmas," the album, happens to be an item at PlaybillStore.com. Proceeds benefit ASTEP.
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