André De Shields, Erin Quill, Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver, Randi Driscoll, Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas, Lexi Lawson, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jesse JP Johnson, Haviland Stillwell, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Julie Garnyé and More in Scott Nevins’ SPARKLE Benefit Concert at The Green Room 42 

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The annual holiday extravaganza SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returned to New York City on December 1 for its 8th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. 

Scott Nevins and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Phil Coiro, Scott Nevins, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash and Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted and produced by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s “The People’s Couch”), SPARKLE took place at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY). 2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’) was this year’s special guest to read Twas the Night Before Christmas, but when Music Director Brian Nash started to play “So You Wanted to Meet The Wizard”, De Shields surprised the audience with the song. The evening featured Grammy Award Winner Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver (“The Voice”), Singer/Songwriter Randi Driscoll, Multi-MAC Award Winner Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Jesse JP Johnson (SpongeBob, Wicked), Haviland Stillwell (Les Miserables, Fiddler), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots), Erin Quill (Avenue Q original Broadway company) and Julie Garnyé (Come From Away), accompanied by backup vocalists Chase Kamata, Melody Madarasz and Marissa Rosen, Music Director and Arranger Brian Nash on piano, Phil Coiro on drums and Sean Murphy on bass.

Check out the set list below:

Front Row: Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, André De Shields, Julie Garnyé. Back Row: Lexi Lawson, Natalie Douglas, Erin Quill, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Haviland Stillwell, Natalie Joy Johnson, Randi Driscoll, Marty Thomas, Scott Nevins, Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash, Phil Coiro, Sean Murphy. Photo by Lia Chang

Set List:

“Christmas (baby, please come home)”

Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen

Brian Nash, Marissa Rosen, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang
Marissa Rosen, Phil Coiro, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Sean Murphy. Photo by Lia Chang

Jesse J.P. Johnson – “This Christmas”

Jesse J.P. Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Haviland Stillwell – “Santa Baby”

Haviland Stillwell. Photo by Lia Chang

Lexi Lawson – “This Christmas Song”

Lexi Lawson. Photo by Lia Chang

Marissa Rosen – “Run Run Rudolph”

Marissa Rosen. Photo by Lia Chang

Randi Driscoll – “Hard Candy Christmas”

Randi Driscoll, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang.

Erin Quill – “Hanukkah in Santa Monica”

Erin Quill. Photo by Lia Chang

Julie Garnyé – “Coventry Carol” in “O Holy Night”

Julie Garnyé. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre De Shields – “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” and “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Brian Nash and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Marty Thomas – “What Christmas Means to Me My Love”

Marty Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Joy Johnson – “Merry Christmas, Darling”

Natalie Joy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Douglas – “”Children, Go where I Send You”

Natalie Douglas. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Douglas. Photo by Lia Chang

Nathan Lee Graham – “White Christmas”

Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang

Chris Weaver – “Mary Did You Know?”

Chris Weaver. Photo by Lia Chang

Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company – “Joy To The World”

Kevin Smith Kirkwood. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and company. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and company. Photo by Lia Chang

Haviland Stillwell – “All I Want for Christmas is You….”

Haviland Stillwell and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
The Full Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Chris Weaver, Erin Quill, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Julie Garnyé, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, Haviland Stillwell, Randi Driscoll, Melody Madarasz, Marty Thomas, Natalie Douglas, Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT began when TV personality and host Scott Nevins had the desire to present a “small holiday concert” in Palm Springs, CA to help raise funds for a worthy organization. The event was an instant hit, quickly moving to a much larger venue, and earning 4 consecutive sold-out years as the holiday musical event of the season in the desert. Nevins then expanded on the idea by producing very successful all-star versions of the show in New York City and Los Angeles, both benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. Sparkle has featured a remarkable cast of the industry’s most legendary and iconic performers like Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Richard Kind, Lorna Luft, Loni Anderson, Richard Simmons (in his last public appearance), and Jo Ann Worley, along with some of today’s biggest and brightest from TV, Theatre and Film such as Tony Award winners Billy Porter, Melba Moore and Lillias White, Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony Award nominees Daisy Eagan, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Robin De Jesus, Norm Lewis, Max von Essen, Constantine Maroulis and Bobby Steggert, Emmy Award winner & recording artist Liz Callaway plus Bobbie Eakes, Lea Thompson, Nick Adams, Erich Bergen, Christina Bianco, Emerson Collins, Wilson Cruz, Matt Doyle, Ilene Graff, Blake McIver, Sharon McNight, Anthony Rapp, Jai Rodriguez, The Skivvies, Shayna Steele, Marty Thomas, columnist & TV personality Perez Hilton, and many more!

Daniel Dunlow and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit actorsfund.org.

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins’ SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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