CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE – New York’s newest hotspot for intimate dining and extraordinary music – will feature Todd Almond in an exclusive concert celebrating his Ghostlight Records holiday debut album, A Pony for Christmas, on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. Almond is an acclaimed songwriter and performer who can currently be seen as “Gideon Wolfe” in HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” and on Broadway as “Elias Burke” in Conor McPherson and Bob Dylan’s Girl from the North Country. Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will join Todd as a special guest singer. Tickets cost $ 32. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26th Street.
A pony for Christmas, a folk-pop version inspired by the classic holiday album, weaves original personal compositions with new versions of traditional Christmas carols and unexpected reworkings of pop songs. The recording masterfully combines folk, rock, pop and theater influences. Almond has tried to include selections that are not “Christmas” songs per se, but say things like “thank you” (“kind and generous”), or “miss my house” ( “Welcome Home” or “My childhood made me who I am” (a haunting mash-up of three Kate Bush compositions, “Hounds, Running, Clouds”).
The album originals include “Moon Over Nebraska”, perhaps Almond’s most requested song. The happy “Welcome Home” is from the musical by Almond The odyssey, the third show he wrote and performed for the Public Works program of the Public Theater, which he started with Lear deBessonet. The collection’s finale is a charming acoustic version of the timeless “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” standard.
TODD ââALMOND is known for his singular writing in addition to his accomplished work as a performer. He recently toured the United States in his original musical Kansas City Choir Boy alongside rock icon Courtney Love, and performed in three of his original musicals at the famous Delacorte Theater in Central Park (The Tempest , The Winter’s Tale and The Odyssey). His musical Girlfriend – based on the album of the same title by Matthew Sweet – is a perennial favorite with theater companies across the country, and he is currently collaborating with producer David Foster on a new original musical. He has already collaborated with Sarah Ruhl (Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical), Jenny Schwartz (Iowa), Laura Benanti (In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention), Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (“Twohander”), Kelli O’Hara (“Live at Carnegie Hall”), and Andrew Rannells (“Live from Lincoln Center”).
BETTY BUCKLEY is a legendary, multi-award-winning actress / singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. Ms Buckley won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and received a second Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Hesione in Triumph of Love. She recently starred in the new Fox / Warner Bros. TV show. “The Cleaning Lady” which will air in January 2022 and in NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU”. She recorded Aaron Mark’s audio piece The Vanishing Negative for Audible in 2020. Ms. Buckley was the national tour head for the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 2018/2019. She co-starred with James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, one of the best international box office hits of 2017. Her other films include her debut in the screen version of Stephen’s Carrie of Carrie. King, Tender Mercies by Bruce Beresford, Roman Frantic by Polanski, Another Woman by Woody Allen, Wyatt Earp by Lawrence Kasden and The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan.
His other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie. On television, Buckley starred in the third season of AMC’s hit series “Preacher”. She has played a recurring role on The CW’s “Supergirl”, NBC’s “Chicago Med” and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”. For HBO, she appeared for three seasons on “Oz” and she played the role of Abby Bradford in the hit series “Eight is Enough” for ABC. She has recorded 18 CDs, including Ghostlight, produced by T Bone Burnett, and her latest album Hope, from 2018. She received two Grammy nominations for Stars and the Moon: Live at the Donmar and the audiobook The Diaries of Adam and Eve and two Emmy nominations for her television work.
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