About Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas In New York
Actress-singer Vanessa Williams practically defined “hyphenate” in the 1990s, alternating acting roles with chart-topping hits like “Save The Best For Last.” And she added “host” to her hyphens with this special taped before a live audience at New York’s historic Shubert Theater.
The former Miss America opens the hour with “Do You Hear What I Hear,” joined by country star Shania Twain, R&B legend Luther Vandross, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elmo from Sesame Street. Next, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds croons “The Day (That You Gave Me A Son)” and Twain performs “God Bless The Child” with the Boys Choir. And tap dancer Savion Glover (from the Tony-winning musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk) joins Williams and Twain for a jazzy “Angels We Have Heard On High.”
Williams and Babyface duet on the holiday standard “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and Vandross demonstrates his golden pipes on “With a Christmas Heart.” Williams gets soulful with the holiday ballad “Star Bright,” from her 1996 Christmas album and Phil Collins sings the world-music-inflected “The Same Moon.” Vandross, Williams, and Boys Choir close the show with a funky rendition of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” that’s sure to leave toes tapping.
Produced and written by Ken Ehrlich