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Undertaking Christmas - A Gay Original Musical Comedy Homage to the Hallmark Genre - Dec. 19
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:02 am EST 11/20/20

American Theatre Wing's Jonathan Larson Grant and MAC Award Winner Joel B. New is
Undertaking Christmas
An Unauthorized Hallmark Channel Original Movie Musical Comedy

Written and Performed by Joel B. New
Narrated by Broadway's Carolyn Mignini as "Mrs. Claus"
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Broadway's Gillian Berkowitz
Storybook Illustrations by Krissy Fox

STREAMED EXCLUSIVELY ON STELLAR


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 AT 8:00 P.M. ET

Tickets: $10.
Nice List Package Tickets: $15. Includes a digital playbill storybook featuring the original illustrations created by Krissy Fox.
Visit StellarTickets.com or JoelBNew.com
Direct ticketing link: https://www.stellartickets.com/events/joel-b-new/undertaking-christmas


Runtime: Approx. 75 minutes

(New York, NY ) Just in time for the holidays, American Theater Wing's Jonathan Larson Grant and MAC Award winner Joel B. New is Undertaking Christmas, a new musical comedy homage to the Hallmark Channel movie genre about a gay man who returns to his Midwestern roots and unearths love in the most unlikely of places. Written and performed by Joel B. New, narrated by Broadway's Carolyn Mignini as "Mrs. Claus," and with musical direction and arrangements by Broadway's Gillian Berkowitz on the piano, Undertaking Christmas will be presented on Saturday December 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET by Benjwelo Theatricals in partnership with premium streaming platform Stellar (www.stellartickets.com).

After his perfectly planned life falls apart in New York City, party planner Nick Holliday returns to his quaint hometown of Sadness, Indiana, to save a family funeral home from going six feet under right before Christmas. Undertaking Christmas is a loving send-up of the Hallmark Channel Original Holiday Movie genre, except centering around a same-sex love story and deliberately daffy in its clichés. The musical's score includes songs destined to become tomorrow's holiday hits, like "All I Want For Christmas Is A Boyfriend For My Dad," "Backroll Cole," and "Death and Taxes and Christmas and You." Broadway and Hallmark movie fans alike will enjoy this brand-new holiday story for the whole family told through a multimedia event that will feel nostalgic, groundbreaking, and super gay, all at once.

"I am a huge fan of the cozy tropes baked into every Hallmark Channel holiday movie," stated New. "That said, LGBTQ characters in leading roles who also break the 'conventionally attractive' mold are nowhere to be found. Undertaking Christmas is a joyful musical comedy that incorporates gay romantic leads, body positivity, and, of course, death by fruitcake poisoning."
Tickets are $10. $15 for the Nice List Package, which includes a digital playbill storybook featuring the original illustrations created by Krissy Fox.
For tickets, visit StellarTickets.com or JoelBNew.com.

Ticketholders will be able to stream the show on any computer browser (laptop or desktop), mobile web, the Stellar Android or iOS app, or on TV via the Stellar app on Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku. For more information, visit JoelBNew.com.

The runtime for Undertaking Christmas is approximately 75 minutes.

Undertaking Christmas was recorded live at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Joel B. New (Writer/Performer/Director) is the recipient of the American Theatre Wing's Jonathan Larson Grant and MAC's John Wallowitch Award for his songwriting. His work has been seen and developed at Ars Nova, New York Theatre Barn, Prospect Theater Company, Musical Theatre Factory, Broadway au Carré in Paris, and the New York Musical Festival. Joel is the creator and host of "Something New," which was named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by BroadwayWorld.com. He is also the Founding Teacher of Broadway Sip & Sing. Joel's first solo EP Cabot Cove, a collection of "theatre pop" songs inspired by the classic TV series "Murder, She Wrote," is available on Broadway Records.

Gillian Berkowitz (Musical Direction/Arrangements) -- Broadway: The Lehman Trilogy (Director Sam Mendes) Select Broadway credits include: To Kill A Mockingbird (Sub Conductor/Pump Organist), Head Over Heels (Associate Music Director), Jersey Boys, School Of Rock, Mamma Mia, Bronx Tale, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Dan Radcliffe), Rocky, Wicked. Off Broadway: Avenue Q (Associate Music Director) A Taste of Things To Come (Music Director) London's West End: The Lehman Trilogy. Gillian has been featured as both a soloist and collaborator playing jazz, pop, classical, contemporary, and theatre music in venues across New York City including 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Birdland, City Winery, Park Avenue Armory, Le Poisson Rouge. Her two trios: City Swing Trio and The Whitetail Trio perform for corporate and private events in New York and New England. She is a pianist for Scarlett Entertainment and HoneyDew Artists. Gillian is also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University.

Carolyn Mignini began singing at the tender age of three and made her Broadway debut in "Fiddler On the Roof," her off-Broadway debut in "The Fantasticks" and earned a Drama Desk nomination for "Tintypes" for which she performed on The Tony Awards and The Kennedy Center Honors. A top-grossing commercial performer, she endeared herself to millions of young viewers as "Kathy" on Captain Kangaroo before appearing in dozens of sitcoms, dramas and MOWs - most recently, HBO's The Deuce (2017), House of Cards (2013) and Veep (2012). Also an acclaimed vocalist and cabaret performer, critic Rex Reed called her, "a radiantly talented singer... as sophisticated and haunting as anything I have heard."?

Krissy Fox is a graphic designer based out of Queens, New York. Her GDUSA award-winning packaging designs for Roland Foods can be seen world-wide in both the retail and food service sectors. She has created designs for marketing purposes through print media, catalogs and brochures. She has also written copy and helped to develop on-trend food recipes with her creative team.

Stellar is the new premium streaming platform for live performances and the first-ever Total Show Management System (TSM) for producers of online live events. Launched in August 2020 by CEO Jim McCarthy and the Goldstar leadership team in response to the global pandemic, Stellar connects fans to the best online live events around the world, streamed to any device with best-in-class video and audio quality and interactive features. Stellar was built for shows - not meetings - and allows producers and artists to sell an unlimited number of tickets to a global audience, manage customer data and payments on one platform, and promote to more than 10 million event enthusiasts via Goldstar, providing full technical support and education along the way. While physical venues remain closed, Stellar is a way to generate real revenue immediately, but its creators envision a post-pandemic world where online access to live events will enrich the industry for many years to come.
Link https://www.stellartickets.com/events/joel-b-new/undertaking-christmas
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