PHOTO CALL: Alice Ripley, Nick Blaemire, Annie Golden, George Salazar and More at the 6th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular

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23 Dec 2013

The 6th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, the annual holiday event featuring songwriter Joe Iconis and his "merry band of musical theatre punks," was held Dec. 20-21 at 54 Below.

Directed by John Simpkins and produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, shows were offered Dec. 20-21 at 8 PM and 11 PM.

The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular featured special guests Annie Golden, Alice Ripley (Dec. 20 at 8 PM only), Julia Murney (Dec. 20 at 11 PM only) and Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle (Dec. 21 at 11 PM only).

Iconis "Family Members" who returned for the sixth annual Spectacular included Nick Blaemire, Ally Bonino, Jimmy Brewer, Liz Lark Brown, Livie Casto, Sarah Cetrulo, Harrison Chad, Bill Coyne, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Badia Farha, Alexandra Ferrara, Josh Greenblatt, Aaron Simon Gross, Molly Hager, Dennis Michael Keefe, Jessica Kent, Emily Kratter, Rachel Lee, Lorinda LIsitza, Lauren Marcus, Julia Mattison, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse (Dec. 20-21 at 11 PM only), Ray Munoz, James Penca, Kailey Prior, Rob Rokicki, Ashley Rodbro, Krysta Rodriguez (Dec. 20 at 11 PM only), Will Roland (Dec. 20 only), Charlie Rosen, Mike Rosengarten, Lance Rubin, George Salazar, Katie Schorr, George Slotin, Heather Stinson, Rachel Sussman, Taylor Trensch (Dec. 20-21 at 11 PM only), Brandon Uranowitz, Kaylee Verble, Jared Weiss, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams and Ross Wolkenbrod.

According to press notes, "Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theatre punks are back by popular demand in this sixth 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."

Iconis, whose musical The Black Suits was recently seen at the Center Theatre Group, also penned the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin. His songs also appeared on the second season of the NBC musical drama "Smash." Read more about his work in's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

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