PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Michael Cerveris, Julia Murney, Annie Golden, "Joe Iconis & Family" Pick Favorite Holiday Tunes
20 Dec 2013
Liz Lark Brown: "A Christmas Together 1979" (John Denver and The Muppets). I spent a while trying to think of my favorite Christmas song and, instead, realized that Christmas is not Christmas without hearing the album based on the John Denver and The Muppets – "A Christmas Together" TV special — the whole thing. The Muppets are where I got my first ideas of "show business" and the backstage goings-on as well as witty wordplay and goofiness all rolled together. It is childhood; it is nostalgia; it is also very close to what Joe puts together with The Family… although Fozzie never ran blue.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.