By Andrew Gans
11 Nov 2004
"Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure Volume 6" is set to hit record stores Nov. 16 and can also be purchased by visiting the Broadway Cares website at www.broadwaycares.org. The 23-track recording features new and traditional holiday carols as well as the premiere of "Hello, Christmas," written especially for the recording by recent Hairspray star Michael McKean and his wife, Annette O'Toole.
Among the shows taking part in this year's "Carols" recording are 42nd Street, Bombay Dreams, Wicked, Dracula, Golda's Balcony, Chicago, The Lion King, Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Movin' Out, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, The Foreigner, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Wonderful Town, The Boy From Oz and Fiddler on the Roof. There is also a bonus track of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," arranged and performed by J. Walter Hawkes, as well as a performance of Norman Weiss' "A Little Ditty," sung by Hugh Panaro.
"Carols" is the eighth fund-raising CD produced by Lynn Pinto to benefit BC/EFA. In a statement Pinto said, "I've been active in the theatre community for most of my life, and knew for many years I wanted to do something, on a personal level, to help in the fight against the disease. And the immediate response from the Broadway community was overwhelming. Having many friends who have been assisted over the years by the wonderful work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, I knew it was the right thing to do."
42nd Street– "Up on the Housetop"
Bombay Dreams – "Joy to the World"
Wicked – "Christmas Wrapping"
Dracula – "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"
Golda’s Balcony – "Shalom Santa"
Chicago – "A Yuletide Duet"
The Lion King – "Holiday Lament (The Fruitcake Song)"
Aida – "The Holly and the Ivy"
Little Shop of Horrors – "The Holidays"
Rent – "What Child is This?"
The Phantom of the Opera – "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
Movin’ Out – "Dance of the Sugar Punk Fairy"
Hairspray – "Hello Christmas"
Avenue Q – "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
Mamma Mia! – "Shalom Rav"
The Foreigner – "Good King Wenceslas"
Beauty and the Beast – "Away in a Manger"
The Producers – "A Christmas Carol"
Hugh Panaro – "A Little Ditty"
Wonderful Town – "We Three Kings"
Boy From Oz – "It Won’t Feel Like Christmas"
Fiddler on the Roof – "Auld Lang Syne"
Bonus Track – "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"