PHOTO CALL: Musical Theatre Punks Celebrate the Season With Whiskey, Glitter and Belting at the 7th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular

News   PHOTO CALL: Musical Theatre Punks Celebrate the Season With Whiskey, Glitter and Belting at the 7th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular
 
The 7th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular is held Dec. 19-20 at 54 Below. Annie Golden, James Monroe Iglehart, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Amy Spanger and Chip Zien were among this year's lineup.

John Simpkins directed the performances, and Jennifer Ashley Tepper produced. Show times are Dec. 19 at 8 PM and 11 PM and Dec. 20 at 8 PM and 11 PM.

The show featured special guests Golden, Iglehart (Dec. 19 at 11 PM only), Jones (Dec. 19 at 11 PM only), Spanger (Dec. 20 at 11 PM only), Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (Dec. 19 at 8 PM only) and Zien (Dec. 20 at 8 PM only).

Iconis "family members" at the shows included Nick Blaemire, Ally Bonino, Jimmy Brewer, Liz Lark Brown, Sarah Cetrulo, Harrison Chad, Donald Coggin, Bill Coyne, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Badia Farha, Alexandra Ferrara, Danielle Gimbal, Josh Greenblatt, Molly Hager, Ian Kagey, Dennis Michael Keefe, Jessica Kent, Jane Kivnick, Emily Kratter, Rachel Lee, Lorinda Lisitza, Lauren Marcus, Julia Mattison, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Ray Munoz, James Penca, AnnMarie Powers, Rob Rokicki, Ashley Rodbro, Will Roland, Charlie Rosen, Mike Rosengarten, Lance Rubin, Katie Schorr (8 PM performances only), Jordan Stanley, Rachel Sussman, Taylor Trensch (11 PM performances only), Cait Weisensee, Jared Weiss and Jason SweetTooth Williams.

In anticipation of the concerts, members of the cast and creative team picked twisted Christmas songs as part of this week's Playbill Playlist. According to press notes, "Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks are back by popular demand in this seventh annual insane celebration of all things red and green. Featuring brand new holiday songs, old favorites, tiny elves, enormous reindeer, an inebriated Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and an ungodly number of candy canes, it promises to be the happiest holiday hoedown you've ever seen."

Jennifer Werner choreographed, and Michelle Eden Humphrey was the costume designer.

Iconis penned the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin (cast recording now available on Ghostlight Records). His songs were featured on Season 2 of NBC's "Smash," and he is currently working on commissions for La Jolla Playhouse and Two River Theater.

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