PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Michael Cerveris, Julia Murney, Annie Golden, "Joe Iconis & Family" Pick Favorite Holiday Tunes
20 Dec 2013
Jennifer Ashley Tepper: "Celebrate Christmas With Me" (Joe Iconis and Family). My absolute favorite Christmas song is "Celebrate Christmas With Me," the big original tune that is always featured in our annual Iconis Spectacular. The song was written by my friends Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Matt Hinkley, and is performed here by those guys, along with the amazing Ian Kagey and Brent Stranathan.
Every year for six years, at least one audience member tells me after the show how much they enjoyed that Christmas standard, "Celebrate Christmas With Me." And, I say, "JOE AND THE FAMILY WROTE THAT!" That moment is my own inadvertent Christmas tradition…
And my other Christmas tradition is singing along at the top of my I'm-A-Producer-Not-A-Performer lungs, from the audience, every time this song happens in the show. What can I say? The tune really gets me in the spirit. "You gotta get a Christmas tree..."
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