PHOTO CALL: Sierra Boggess, Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Telly Leung, Andy Karl, Chester Gregory and More Sing "New York City Christmas"

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17 Dec 2013

ASTEP/Artists Striving To End Poverty presented the fifth annual New York City Christmas Concert Dec. 16 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub.

Conceived, produced and music-directed by orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the concert featured Sierra Boggess (Master Class, The Little Mermaid), David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Grease), Andy Karl (Rocky, Legally Blonde), Derek Klena (Carrie, Dogfight), Telly Leung (Godspell, "Glee"), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), recording artist Anya Singleton and Sally Wilfert (Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).

"Back by popular demand, the evening featured Broadway's most sought-after talent singing new and classic holiday songs," press notes state. "Expect fresh, original approaches — pop, soul, R&B, rock and more — to your favorite seasonal numbers, many of them captured on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight album 'New York City Christmas,' available for purchase at the concert."

The concert also featured Shankel on piano, Joe Mowatt on drums/percussion, Randy Landau on bass, Summer Boggess on cello, Max Mosten on violin, Cliff Lyons and Scott Kreitzer on saxophone and Peter Calo and Michael Aarons on guitar.

All proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting Artists Striving to End Poverty's (ASTEP) mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world in an effort to help them break the cycle of poverty.

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