By Adam Hetrick
13 Sep 2007
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
The non-profit arts organization, Rosie's Broadway Kids, founded in 2003 by O'Donnell and her partner Kelli, provides free comprehensive instruction in musical theatre to low-income school students. The students involved will perform "This Little Light of Mine" for the upcoming holiday album entitled "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure."
For the two-disc set, Rosie's Broadway Kids will join such notable Broadway performers as David Hyde Pierce (Curtains), Christian Hoff (Tony Award winner from Jersey Boys), Laura Osnes & Max Crumm (Grease), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), Julia Murney (Wicked), Max von Essen (Les Miserables) and Seth Rudetsky (The Ritz).
In addition, the casts of many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows will be represented, including Wicked, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, Curtains, Grease, Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q, Hairspray, The Lion King, Naked Boys Singing, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Rent, The Ritz, and The Phantom of The Opera.
Below is the complete track listing for "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure."
Altar Boyz - "The Innkeeper's Lament"
Avenue Q - "At the North Pole Global Warming Surfin' Party"
The Broadway Boys – "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Chicago - Mozart's "Alleluia"
A Chorus Line - "Broadway Holiday"
The Color Purple - "Angels We have Heard on High"
Curtains - "Monotone Angel"
Dr. Suess' The Grinch - TBA
The Drowsy Chaperone - "Drowsy on Christmas"
Grease - "Up on the Housetop"/"Jolly Old St. Nicholas"
Hairspray - "Christmas in Baltimore"
Jersey Boys - "Dominick the Donkey"
Legally Blonde - "Christmas Makes the Whole World Warmer"
The Lion King - "The First Noel"
The Little Mermaid - "Joy to the World"
Les Miserables - "12 Days of Christ-Miz"
Mamma Mia - "My Gift"
Mary Poppins –"Two English Carols"
Monty Python's Spamalot - "It was Simple Then"
Naked Boys Singing - "Coventry Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Phantom - "Following a Star"
Rent - "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
The Ritz - TBA
Rosie’s Broadway Kids – "This Little Light of Mine"
Spring Awakening - "What Child is This?"
Wicked - "Jingle Bells"
Wicked (1st National Tour) – "Mary's Lullaby"
Xanadu – "Away in a Manger"
Julia Murney & Max Von Essen – "O Holy Night""
The release date for Carols for a Cure is set for Oct. 24, and can be purchased for $20 by visiting broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x250. The holiday album will also be available at participating Broadway and Off-Broadway venues, as well as several regional and touring houses nation-wide.