Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42

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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.

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 also 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 Holiday Classics set list below:

  • "Christmas (baby, please come home)"
  • Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen
  • Jesse J.P. Johnson - "This Christmas"
  • Haviland Stillwell - "Santa Baby"
  • Lexi Lawson - "This Christmas Song"
  • Marissa Rosen - "Run Run Rudolph"
  • Randi Driscoll - "Hard Candy Christmas"
  • Erin Quill - "Hanukkah in Santa Monica"
  • Julie Garnyé - "Coventry Carol" in "O Holy Night"
  • Andre De Shields - "So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard" and "Twas The Night Before Christmas"
  • Marty Thomas - "What Christmas Means to Me My Love"
  • Natalie Joy Johnson - "Merry Christmas, Darling"
  • Natalie Douglas - ""Children, Go where I Send You"
  • Nathan Lee Graham - "White Christmas"
  • Chris Weaver - "Mary Did You Know?"
  • Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company - "Joy To The World"
  • Haviland Stillwell - "All I Want for Christmas is You...."

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!

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.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Scott Nevins and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Phil Coiro, Scott Nevins, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Brian Nash and Scott Nevins

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Front Row: Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, Andre De Shields, Julie Garnye. 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 Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Brian Nash

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Brian Nash, Phil Coiro, Sean Murphy

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Brian Nash, Marissa Rosen, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Marissa Rosen, Phil Coiro, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Sean Murphy

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Jesse JP Johnson

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Haviland Stillwell

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Lexi Lawson

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Marissa Rosen

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Julie Garnye, Phil Coiro, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Erin Quill

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Julie Garnye

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Brian Nash and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields and Scott Nevins

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Marty Thomas

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Natalie Joy Johnson

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Natalie Douglas

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Natalie Douglas

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Scott Nevins

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Scott Nevins

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Chris Weaver

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Haviland Stillwell and Company

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
The Company

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42
Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Chris Weaver, Erin Quill, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Julie Garny , Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, Haviland Stillwell, Randi Driscoll, Melody Madarasz, Marty Thomas, Natalie Douglas, Scott Nevins.

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42André De Shields.

Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins' SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42Daniel Dunlow and André De Shields. 



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