Christmas is just a few days away and some are probably done hearing “whenever I see girls and boys singing lanterns on the streets”. If that is you, then we recommend the worthy alternative as Theater stars sing Christmas songs in our curated list below.
Megan Hilty, our Marilyn Monroe wannabe from “Smash” opens this Christmas list with the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as part of her 2016 album, “A Merry Little Christmas” which also includes “Santa Baby” and “A Place Called Home” from the musical written by Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens.
Ben Platt who skyrocketed to stardom after getting a Tony nod for his Evan Hansen portrayal sings “River” as seen in the Netflix series The Politician. In the show, he sings this as a tribute to a special friend who was also his political opponent for the school’s student leadership. The song is an original by Joni Mitchell.
A sexy, silky, saxophone-like voice greets us with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.‘s 2017 Christmas album. The opening track “The Christmas Song” puts you in the mood for a snuggle while sipping your warm peppermint mocha from Starbucks.
Lea Michelle, who starred in “Spring Awakening” before catapulting to TV stardom released her 2019 Christmas album, “Christmas in the City”. In the album she sings “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the iconic movie “Frozen”. She also has guest singers including Darren Chris, Jonathan Groff, and Cynthia Erivo.
Before her 2019 “Christmas: A Season of Love” album, Idina Menzel first released in 2014, a 12-song album called “Christmas Wishes”. Since the night breeze is starting to be chilly, check out her duet with Michael Buble with the playful jazzy rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
The original Glinda and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth sings “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and instantly, it makes you wish for the one you love to be right next to you. It is part of her yuletide album called “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas”
Josh Groban has always been a theater kid. He has a Broadway album called “Stages” and played lead in the Tony-nominated show “The Great Comet” in 2017. We love this “Angels We Have Heard on High” duet with Brian McKnight which mashed up an interesting R&B flavor to his usual pop-opera style.