Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas In New York

Next Airing: Monday, December 23

Upcoming Airings of Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas In New York

Monday, Dec 23
Featuring Phil Collins And Shania Twain
Episode 1
Vanessa Williams Christmas

About Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas In New York

(1996, ABC)

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     


Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Shania Twain, Phil Collins, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Rosie O’Donnell, Savion Glover, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Joe Cipriano, Kevin Clash