Tony Award-winning Broadway star Lillias White will sing the hip gospel and-blues version of Handel's "Messiah" -- Too Hot to Handel -- 8 PM Dec. 21 at Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan.
Jazz, rock, gospel and rhythm and blues are incorporated into the Concordia Orchestra presentation, an annual event. Joining White are mezzo soprano Vivian Cherry (Saturn Returns), Rod Dixon, the Morgan State University Choir and the Concordia Orchestra (music directed by Marin Alsop).
White took home the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1997 for The Life. She also appeared on Broadway in the Matthew Broderick revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Off-Broadway as Dinah Washington in Dinah Was.
George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) wrote his famed Christian oratorio in 1741. Best known for the "Hallelujah Chorus," the oratorio follows the birth of Jesus Christ to His resurrection and is traditionally performed at Christmas.
Tickets are $50-$16 and available by calling (212) 721-6500. Avery Fisher Hall is at Broadway at 65th Street in Lincoln Center.