On Dec. 19, Carnegie Hall hosted the New York Pops as they presented Home for the Holidays, a concert featuring Kelli O'Hara and "Glee" star Matthew Morrison. Pops music director Steven Reineke conducted the pair through winter classics "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside, Christmas classics "O Holy Night" and "Joy to the World" and even a Broadway classic by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. See a Photo Call from the event.
The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods features Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince as Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film hits cinemas Dec. 25. Here, Kendrick, Pine, Corden, Blunt, Kendrick, Huttlestone, Crawford and Ullman preview tunes and scenes from the long-awaited movie. Watch more highlights.
Based on the 1977 Broadway production Annie (which was inspired by the classic comic strip), Will Gluck's (producer/director and co-writer) film of the same name updates the story (it takes place in present day NYC) and songs (there is new music from singer/songwriter Sia) for modern sensibilities. The cast features Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks, Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale as Guy and Cameron Diaz as Hannigan. This preview video features the orphans performing "It's a Hard Knock Life," Hannigan causing trouble, and Will Stacks showing his softer side. Read The Verdict on the film.
"Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas" is a stop-motion animated special based on the 2003 "Elf" film and Broadway's Elf: The Musical. Four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons lends his voice to the starring role of Buddy the Elf and leads a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci and Rachael MacFarlane. The special features nine tunes from Elf: The Musical — in this clip, Buddy teaches the importance of being "Sparklejollytwinklejingley." The show will be rebroadcast Christmas day at 9 PM and is now available for streaming at NBC.com.
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the tale of Buddy, a human orphan raised by Santa's elves. As a grownup, he leaves the North Pole on a journey to discover his true identity. Book is by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Music is by Matthew Sklar and lyrics are by Chad Beguelin. James Moye plays Buddy, Kate Fahrner is Jovie, Paul C. Vogt is Santa, Heidi Blickenstaff is Emily and Robert Cuccioli plays Walter. See show details.
Since 1999, producer Lynn Pinto and her crew have put together the holiday CD set "Carols for a Cure" to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The compilation album features casts from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performing traditional or original holiday tunes — and sometimes a bit of both! Here, the casts of Pippin, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Kinky Boots join Pinto and engineer Andros Rodriguez in the studio to record their respective festive tracks. Visit the Playbill Store for more info.
The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods features Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film is slated to open on Dec. 25. Here, Kendrick, Streep, Corden and Blunt preview tunes and scenes from the long-awaited movie. Read about the film's Golden Globe nomination.
Idina Menzel gave a special performance outside of Bloomingdale's to help usher in the holiday season. Along with the unveiling of Bloomies' holiday windows, Menzel previewed tracks from her brand new Christmas album "Holiday Wishes" which features a bevy of classic tunes. Here, she performs "White Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and chats about what holiday time means to her. Read the Playbill story.
Mary Testa was joined in studio by Michael Starobin to preview their new album "Have Faith" which is now out on Ghostlight Records. For this album that "addresses issues of faith and doubt from a variety of perspectives," the duo have taken well known tunes and interpreted them in a way that sheds new light on them without cloaking any familiarity. Here, the two run through the standard "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and Alanis Morissette's "Thank U." They play CD release concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre January 4, 5, 11 and 12. Read the Playbill story.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Buy One, Get One Free!
The Rockettes® dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City® shines with the joy of the season.
Follow Santa on his sleigh ride, see ice skaters swirl across the stage, and catch a snowflake or two
in this immersive theatrical experience like no other. And this year, delight in the magic of Santa’s enchanted toy factory! We’re bringing back a fan favorite to Santa’s workshop, with charming ragdolls that come to life.