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Friday, December 13, 2013

CBS Christmas Eve - “A New York Christmas to Remember” - Jane Henson Tribute

Regis Philbin will host “A New York Christmas to Remember” at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Christmas Eve. It will be presented as a service of Lessons and Carols from St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan.

The holiday special airs on CBS on December 24. It will include Bible passages read by Regis Philbin and dramatized by puppet performers inspired by the work of the late Jane Henson.  The National Children's Chorus, Fordham University Choir and St. Paul the Apostle Choir will perform during the holiday TV special.

“A New York Christmas to Remember” was originally named “Nativity Story.” The performance has delighted audiences since 2008. It is produced and funded by Cheryl Henson and Heather Henson, the daughters of the late Jane Henson. It is a joint production of The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Paulist Productions and Scott Mirkin Productions. Funding for the unforgettable puppet performances comes from The Jane Henson Foundation, her daughters and The Jim Henson Foundation. The puppets are built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle is located near Lincoln Center. It is renowned for its outreach to people on the West Side. The present church was dedicated in 1858, making it a part of NYC's rich history. Paulist Productions was founded in 1960 by the late Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser. Recently Paulist Productions co-produced two new movies, “Christmas for a Dollar” and “The Town that Came A-Courtin'.” Both movies will appear on UP TV this winter.

Few people can forget the legacy of Jim Henson and his puppets on “Sesame Street.” They brought a NYC block to life. The Jim Henson Foundation was founded in 1982 by Jim Henson to promote and and develop the art of puppetry. In 2010, the Jane Henson Foundation was founded to provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations that improve the quality of services offered by education, performing and creative arts groups. Jim Henson's Creature Shop has built and designed characters from the Muppets, dinosaurs from “Dinosaurs” and many others.

Music will fill the air on Christmas Eve when A New York Christmas to Remember airs on CBS. The National Children's Chorus trains students from more than 60 schools in New York and Los Angeles who meet weekly for rehearsal and to study music. Each child, regardless of financial background or prior education, has an opportunity to develop his or her vocal skills from basic concepts to college level. The combination of children's voices, puppetry and Bible readings from Regis Philbin will bring the holiday spirit to life during “A New York Christmas to Remember.”

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