Led by Phantom star Patricia Phillips, the first-ever African-American to play opera diva Carlotta Giudicelli, the cast's performances are in recognition of the special 10th anniversary of "Broadway’s Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure," the annual holiday CD which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
On this year's CD, the cast of Phantom can be heard singing their folk version of "Away in a Manger," arranged by cast member and acoustic guitarist Geoff Packard.
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Produced by Lynn Pinto for Rock-It Science Records, the "Carols for a Cure" series of recordings has raised over $2.5 million for BC/EFA since its inception in 1999, providing support and care for those suffering with AIDS, as well as lending support to women's health issues. The two-disc special 10th Anniversary Edition of "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 10" offers 36 original and traditional holiday songs featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Harvey Fierstein, Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Andréa Burns, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michael Longoria, Nick Jonas (currently of the Jonas Brothers in his first-ever studio recording), Rosie O'Donnell's "Rosie's Broadway Kids" and American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and Ace Young. "Carols for a Cure Vol. 10" features 26 new recordings by stars and casts from virtually every show on Broadway, including the premiere of an original song by Elton John and Lee Hall, "Cold Christmas," recorded by the cast of Billy Elliot, as well as ten bonus tracks offering highlights from Vols. 1-9.
"Broadway’s Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 10" can be ordered for only $20 through BC/EFA at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 ext. 250 Monday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM (ET).
The CDs also are available at select venues throughout the U.S., including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The LA Phil Store in Disney Hall; Reprise Theater Company at Brentwood Theatre; The John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY and The Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities in Colorado.