Christiana Cole does Christmas

IMG_3353Christiana Cole is performing all over the city around Christmastime.

Dec. 12 at 2pm
Advent/Christmas concert @ St. Francis of Paola Church
An afternoon of traditional carols, sung by Christiana and some of her best friends – Aaron Phillips, Chris Critelli, and Lynsey Buckalew. Justin T. Fields on the piano, with special guest Gina Izzo on flute. Produced by Christiana. 219 Conselyea Street in Williamsburg. Free.

Dec. 14 at 7:30pm 
New York Theatre Barn Annual Holiday Celebration
Christiana Cole and Brandon Michael Lowden host an evening of 2015’s best new musical theatre songs. Christiana will be singing her time-travel-fear song, “Way Way Back” with composer Rick Bassett at the keys, and making up a brand new Christmas song with her co-host Brandon. At the D-Lounge at 101 E. 15th Street.  Free. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook. 

Christiana will be cantoring Advent and Christmas Masses at St. Francis of Paola Roman Catholic Church, 219 Conselyea Street, in Williamsburg, throughout the Christmas season: Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 8am (Italian bilingual Mass) and 11:30am (with guitarist Phil Faconti). Check back for updates about Christmas Vigil and Day Mass schedules.

 

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THE PIGLETS at Urban Stages

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THE PIGLETS, the new musical by Christiana Cole (book/lyrics) and Dina Pruzhansky (music) is featured at Urban Stages on Dec. 6, part of “New and Noteworthy Tonight” and the Winter Rhythms series.

The cast includes:

CHRISTIANA COLE as a chicken
CHRIS CRITELLI as a dumber chicken
CAIT MURPHY as Pinky
AARON PHILLIPS as a bossy chicken
DANIELLE SACKS as a kind-hearted chicken
ALLAN K WASHINGTON as Harry Wolf
GRETCHEN WYLDER as Mama Straw

with music direction by
ARRI LAWTON SIMON

THE PIGLETS is the story of the Three Little Pigs twenty years after the Wolf Incident and an “Animal Farm”-style examination of America today.

Sunday Dec 6 at 7pm
at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th Street

Click here for TICKETS.

Christiana Cole sings Gualtieri & Sisco at 54 Below

Christiana Cole sings the music of Gualtieri & Sisco at 54 Below on November 7. Lyricist Tom Gualtieri and composer David Sisco present songs from their show Falling to Earth (Christiana stars as Venus, goddess og love) plus a couple musicals that haven’t yet made it out of the gate (including one with a very special Golden Girl). Click here for tickets and more info!

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Christiana Cole competes at Tune in Time at the York Theatre on Aug 31

tune in timeOn Monday August 31, 2015, Christiana Cole will compete at Tune in Time: New York’s Musical Theatre Game Show. In this “Musical Theater Olympics,” 3 teams of composers and lyricists who’ve never worked together are forced to collaborate – and to beat the clock. Their task? They must write a song from a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions – in the style determined by a spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel. Can they write a TUNE IN TIME?

Christiana is joined by competitors Joe Kinosian, Kellen Blair, Clare Cooper, David Sisco, and Erik Ransom. Tune in Time is hosted by Emily McNamara.

Click here for tickets to Tune in Time!

Tune in Time!
August 31, 7:30pm
The York Theatre, 617 Lexington Ave (54th and Lex)

**UPDATE**

We won! Here’s a photo of Christiana and her writing partner for the night, Joe Kinosian (Murder for Two), Tune in Time host Emily McNamara, and their celebrity judges – a slew of Broadway Babies – Grace Matwijec, Eli Tokash, and Nicky Torchia. Also, check out this Broadway World article about our turn on the York Stage!

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Christiana Cole at the Daryl Roth Theatre D-Lounge June 22

nytb3On June 22, the New York Theatre Barn will present an evening of Christiana Cole’s work at the Daryl Roth Theatre D-Lounge. “Thank God We Perceive Time as Linear! An Evening with Christiana Cole” will feature an outstanding cast including Kristy Cates (Wicked), Chris Critelli (Bull Durham) Aaron Phillips (Disney in Concert), Lauren Frankovich, Chris Gwynn, Melody Madarasz, Megan Pachecano, Hana Slevin, and Arri Simon. Click here for tickets. The work of Stephen Dolginoff will also be featured that evening.

NY Theatre Barn
Monday June 22, 7:30pm
Daryl Roth Theatre (D-Lounge, 101 East 15th St., NYC)

“THANK GOD WE PERCEIVE TIME AS LINEAR!”
An Evening With Christiana Cole

Music Direction by Arri Simon

Nothing is more overwhelming than the unstoppable march of time, but without it, theatre and music would be impossible. Christiana Cole writes musical theatre about singing animals to mitigate her existential angst. Singing pigs, singing hamsters, and even singing humans take center stage in this songbook. In selections from “The Piglets” (the story of the Three Little Pigs twenty years after the Wolf Incident, with collaborator Dina Pruzhansky), the original straw house pig and her daughter, Pinky, are respectively outraged and intrigued by a house made of something more substantial than straw. “The Charm,” a ten-minute musical with composer David Shenton, tells the story of a newlywed prince and princess who travel the world looking for a love charm. “The Charm” was a finalist in the 2013 SoundBites festival, and is now being developed as a full-length piece. Songs about time travel, turkeys, and love round out the program.
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Tickets: $20 General Admission ($15 for students/BMI Members), plus a 2-drink minimum at the bar
Advance Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10012424

Artistic Producer: Laura Brandel
Producing Coordinator: Mackenzie Meeks

www.nyTheatreBarn.org

Christiana Cole performs at Lincoln Center (May 18) & 54 Below (May 23)

Christiana Cole has already had a busy May. On May 4, she sang “Feels Like Magic” (lyrics by Jessica Fleitman, music by Rick Bassett) with Arri Lawton Simon at the cabaret “Lady and the Vamp” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Here’s the video proof:

On May 11, Christiana sang “The Way We Like It” and “Beautiful,” both by the songwriting team Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon (yes, the same guy!) at the Laurie Beechman (yes, the same theatre!) at the debut McGuire & Simon concert, “Looking Forward.” Video pending.

To finish out the month –

On May 18 at 6pm, Christiana Cole joins an incredible lineup, including Anthony Rapp, Alyse Alan Louis, and more, to sing the music of Anna K. Jacobs, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Tickets are free!

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On May 23, Christiana revives her role of Laurie Partridge in the Off-Broadway Shakespeare-Sitcom mashup, “The Bardy Bunch,” in a special one-night-only cabaret at 54 Below. Get tickets here! 

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And then, on June 1, Christiana will move to Williamsburg to live with her favorite actor and even more-favorite boyfriend, Aaron Phillips. She is so grateful for such a happy, productive month.

Christiana Cole sings “Addams Family Values” at the BMI Smoker

musical_theatre_header3Christiana Cole sang the role of Debbie Jellinsky (played by Joan Cusack in the film) in the new adaptation of “Addams Family Values” at the elite BMI Smoker on March 5. Lyrics (and singing the role of Uncle Fester) by Jamie Cowperthwait, and music by Ok Kyun Kang. Watch below!

Christiana Cole sings the music of Anna K Jacobs at Lincoln Center, January 26

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Christiana Cole sings the music of Anna K. Jacobs at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center on January 26, as part of the Broadway’s Future Songbook Series. Joined by esteemed colleagues Anthony Rapp, Alyse Alan Louis, Kay Trinidad and many more, and with music direction by Lynne Shankel, the evening promises to be a thrilling one. Christiana will be singing selections from TEETH (music by Jacobs, lyrics by Michael R. Jackson) and ECHO, Jacobs’ newest musical. Admission is free!

Christmas wishes from Christiana Cole

Christiana Cole has been busy singing this holiday season. Here are two Christmas songs from recent performances.

Christiana Cole sings “What Child Is This” at St. Francis di Paola Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Dec. 21, 2014. With Linda DiMartino Wetherill (flute), Brian Fox (violin), Jill Jaffe (viola), and Dan Barrett (cello).

…And something completely different!

Christiana sings “What I really want for Christmas,” by Bill Nelson (words) and Willem Oosthuysen (music), at the Musical Theatre Factory on December 18, 2014. Matthew Webb on piano.

Much love to you and yours in 2015! xo CC

DIVINE MERCY, sacred music EP from Christiana Cole

album-3Christiana Cole’s EP of sacred music, DIVINE MERCY, is now available. Guitarist Phil Faconti and Christiana met playing music at St. Francis di Paola Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They decided to record some of their favorite songs and hymns, to preserve some of the magic that they created each week. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jamie Cowperthwait (himself an accomplished composer and writer), DIVINE MERCY spans from 9th Century Latin Chant to Schubert to Quaker Hymns to contemporary praise and worship.

Click here to download DIVINE MERCY from cdbaby.com.

Click here to download DIVINE MERCY on iTunes.