Photo Flash: ASTEP Holiday Benefit Concert

Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening) Andy Karl (Legally Blonde, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5)and Sally Wilfert (Make Me a Song and the national tour of ...Spelling Bee) complete the company of performers who  appeared at the Dec. 15 benefit concert A New York City Christmas, in support of ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty).

The special benefit concert featured Broadway stars including Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza (Company, The Homecoming, Speed-the-Plow) and Broadway's own Little Mermaid, Sierra Boggess, singing fresh, original approaches to favorite holiday songs at The Zipper Factory in Manhattan (336 West 37th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Conceived, produced and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz, Vanities, Summer of '42), this lively evening supported ASTEP's programs will feature some of Broadway's most sought-after talent including Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Chester Gregory II (Hairspray, Cry-Baby), Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz; The Little Mermaid), Lindsay Mendez (Grease) and Tory Ross (Cry-Baby, 9 to 5).

Photos courtesy of Bob Johnson

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