Ricky Martin, Chita Rivera and Cyndi Lauper are just three of the high-profile stars who have teamed up to record Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 14. The holiday album hits stores on October 19.
The album features Martin and his Evita co-stars Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris and Max von Essen, singing "We Three Kings/Los Reyes Magos." Rivera joins her The Mystery of Edwin Drood co-stars Stephanie J. Block and Jim Norton for "Good Queen Wenscelas," while Lauper and members of the Kinky Boots cast cover "Blue Christmas."
The album also includes the cast of Phantom of the Opera and leading man Hugh Panaro singing the original song "Outside of the Box," plus Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark's Aaron LeVigne performing his original song "Call Your Mom" alongside co-star Rebecca Faulkenberry. The Chaplin cast also contributes the original song "You Don't Have to Be Alone on Christmas."
Other holiday tunes recorded for the album: a traditional Irish carol from the cast of Once, the cast of Newsies singing "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," the Peter and the Starcatcher cast performing "Dominic the Donkey," plus carols from the companies of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Rock of Ages, Bring It On, Mary Poppins and Rebecca. The Lion King’s Fred Berman and Ben Jeffrey will also perform original music from Peter Candela as their respective characters Timon and Pumbaa. Orfeh will join her husband Andy Karl and his Jersey Boys co-stars for "Have You Heard About the Baby/Glory to the Newborn King."
The holiday musical album benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and will be sold during a six-week fundraising period from October through early December. Carols for a Cure has raised over $3 million dollars for the charity since the project began in 1999.