‘Christmas in New York’ Returns December 9

Posted On September 20, 2007

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Leading lady Anna-Jane Casey returns to the West End to headline Christmas in New York, the West End’s unique celebration of contemporary seasonal show tunes and festive favorites, for one night only at the Lyric Theatre on Sunday, December 9.

Starring alongside Anna-Jane Casey will be Julie Atherton who currently plays the lead roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, fellow Notes from New York regular Paul Spicer, Wicked’s Oliver Tompsett and Desperately Seeking Susan’s Emma Williams with West End favorites Melanie La Barrie, Matt Cross, Ashleigh Gray, Alex Jessop, Debbie Kurup, Steven Webb and Rachael Wooding. Joined by an on-stage choir of twenty four, this dynamic young cast will raise the roof in seasonal celebration.

“Evoking a magical time of year in a much loved city, Christmas in New York is the perfect seasonal treat for musical theatre fans and anyone with a song in their heart. It is the latest installment in the West End’s critically acclaimed Notes from New York series which produces contemporary musical theatre for a mainstream audience and has enjoyed a number of sell-out shows at prestigious venues,” state press notes. Christmas in New York is directed by David Randall with associate direction by Paul Spicer and sound design by Mark Dunne.

Following its sell-out success last year, Christmas in New York returns for a second outing and is set to become an annual event in the West End calendar. Exuding the warmth, the joy, the love, the longing and the haunting musicality of Christmas, songs by composers such as John Bucchino, Craig Carnelia, David Friedman, Andrew Lippa, Charles Miller, Grant Olding and Maury Yeston  are intertwined with classic carols and an exciting new musical treatment of the popular poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Anna-Jane Casey recently played Dot in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s award-winning production of Sunday in the Park with George and starred in Not(es) from New York at the Duchess Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include Mabel in Mack and Mabel at the Watermill Theatre Newbury, Edith Piaf in Piaf and Charity in Sweet Charity at the Sheffield Crucible, Velma Kelly in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End.

Notes from New York presents Christmas in New York starring Anna-Jane Casey, Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Oliver Tompsett and Emma Williams on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30PM at Lyric Theatre (Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1).  Tickets (£32-£12) are available at 0870 890 1107 and www.christmasinnewyork.co.uk