Newsies Tony Winner Directs Tonight's NYC Concert of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

News   Newsies Tony Winner Directs Tonight's NYC Concert of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
 
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas In Concert, a holiday concert featuring Dames at Sea star Lesli Margherita, is held Dec. 15 at Feinstein's/54 Below.

Lesli Margherita
Lesli Margherita

Directed by Christopher Gattelli, performers at the 9:30 PM concert also include Paul Williams, Lisa Howard, Cass Morgan, Steven Booth, Kate Wetherhead, Robb Sapp, Daniel Torres, Stephen Bienskie, Kevin Covert, Leo Daignault, Kevin Zak, Jeff Hiller and Sheri Sanders as well as muppeteers Tyler Bunch, Anney Ozar, David Stephens, Matthew Furtado, Kristin Feeney and James Silson.

The holiday concert features Williams' songs from the musical Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas performed by the original cast. Timothy Allen McDonald produces, and music direction is by Larry Pressgrove.

Produced in association with The Jim Henson Company, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is based on the book "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Russell and Lillian Hoban and the all-Muppet HBO special of the same name produced and directed by the late Jim Henson. The score features Williams' songs from the television feature as well as new pieces written for the theatrical adaptation. The book is by McDonald and Gattelli. 

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas received its world-premiere at Goodspeed Opera House in 2008, marking the first time Goodspeed had created a show specifically for the holiday season, and performed for two seasons to sold-out audiences.

According to press notes, "As Christmas approaches in the world of Frogtown Hollow, Emmet Otter and his Ma can only dream of buying each other gifts. So when a Christmas Eve talent contest is announced, both secretly enter, hoping to win the prize money. In a heartwarming twist on 'The Gift of the Magi,' Emmet and Ma risk all they have and end up with the greatest grand prize of all." Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $30-$40 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.

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