The Holiday Guys in Happy Merry Hanu-Mas, With Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman, Will Be Recorded
By Michael Gioia
Three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch and Drama Desk nominee Jeffry Denman will record their holiday show, The Holiday Guys in Happy Merry Hanu-Mas, which will be released later this year by Yellow Sound Label.
The album will include holiday classics such as "Do You Hear What I Hear," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Holly Jolly Christmas," among others — in the "Holiday Guys Style" — featuring original arrangements by Kudisch, Denman, Dan Lipton, Ross Patterson and Timothy Splain.
Happy Merry Hanu-Mas was previewed at the Gotham Comedy Club in December 2009, and had segments presented at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2010. The show was seen in 2011 at MusicalFare Theatre in Buffalo NY, and will tour this December with venues to be announced. Happy Merry Hanu-Mas is co-produced by Adam Friedson & Neil Berg.
The musical, according to producers, "is a non-traditional, traditional holiday show celebrating the Jewish and Christian backgrounds of its two stars who convey 'Smothers Brothers-like folksiness and charm.' Hilarious, irresistible and unpredictable the show features singing and dancing to new arrangements of holiday songs, comedy bits, special guests and 'Hanu-Mas surprises' that show what the holidays are really supposed to be about.
Timothy Splain (A Minister's Wife) serves as pianist and music director. The Holiday Guys band also includes Ritt Henn on bass, Michael Croiter on drums, Kudisch on guitar and Denman on ukulele and djembe.
Kudisch's Broadway credits include Bells are Ringing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 9 to 5 and Roundabout's Assassins. His TV appearances include "Blue Bloods," "Smash" and "Gossip Girl."
Denman's Broadway credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Producers, How To Succeed and Cats as well as the Off-Broadway production of YANK! and Encores! Face the Music.
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