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BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Jennifer Ashley Tepper- Hunter Parrish is Jesus!

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Deck the halls, trim the tree, and spin the dreidel. BroadwayWorld is continuing our tradition of celebrating the holiday season with a special countdown. This year we've invited Director of Programming at Feinstein's/54 Below and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway Volume 1 and Volume 2, Jennifer Ashley Tepper to share her favorites holiday performances. Check back daily to get in the holiday spirit in time for December 25 and to find out what else made her list!

"Beautiful City" is sung by Jesus and it's my favorite song about peace on earth, so it must be a Christmas tune. It was written by Stephen Schwartz for the film version of Godspell and has been interpolated into subsequent productions, including the 2011 Broadway revival. Here is Hunter Parrish, the revival's original Jesus, in the recording studio, laying down the song for the cast album. I worked on this production, and thus was lucky to get to see him build a "Beautiful City" at least 50 times... his stunning performance of this hopeful, meaningful song was a highlight at every performance. Its message is more important than ever.

Still on the hunt for a great holiday gift for a Broadway-lover in your life? Tepper's The Untold Stories of Broadway Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available now and will look perfect under the tree this year!

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Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at Feinstein's/ 54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the (read more...)