Enjoy a “Classic Christmas” with Chris Mann and Special Guest, Shoshana Bean on Saturday, December 10, at the Moonlight Amphitheatre! “A Classic Christmas” is a holiday spectacular featuring timeless Christmas music and will also feature beloved selections from the Great American Songbook. Here is an interview I did with Chris Mann about the show, his career and fun facts about his life!
The Playbill Collector (TPC): What should audience members expect from this show?
Chris Mann (CM): The audience should expect music-filled, beautiful, fun, energetic, Big Band-y, Christmas-y night perfect for the whole family to spark the holiday season.
TPC: What are you most excited about for “A Classic Christmas”?
CM: I’m very excited share the stage with Shoshana Bean. She is one of the most incredible singers I’ve ever heard so I can’t wait to perform a few duets with her. I’m also stoked to bring my band trio to the Moonlight Amphitheater. There’s so much energy and life that we can bring to the music with this group. Also, classic Christmas tunes like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” are some of my favorite songs to sing. But with this trio we also wanna funk it up a bit on songs like “That’s What Christmas Means to Me” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” so it’s gonna be a blast.
TPC: What is your favorite holiday movie?
CM: Home Alone. Hands down.
TPC: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
CM: My family always traveled to Kansas City to my grandparent’s for Christmas. Through my Grandfather’s CD collection is how I was exposed to the Great American Songbook so I always have fond family memories whenever I hear songs like “When I Fall in Love” or “White Christmas.” My family has a Christmas breakfast menu that’s been the same my whole life–egg casserole, cinnamon apples, cinnamon rolls and champagne punch. That’s probably my favorite tradition.
TPC: What are you most proud of?
CM: I’m very proud of my accomplishments in the recording industry with my various albums but I’m most proud of my 700 performances as The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” which I just completed. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.
TPC: What is the best experience you have had (performance wise)?
CM: I’ll never forget performing for President and Mrs. Obama at Christmas in Washington and singing a Christmas carol arm-in-arm with Michelle on stage because Diana Ross’ dress was too big for her to stand next to the First Family. Best wardrobe malfunction ever!
TPC: How did you get your start in show business?
CM: I sang the alma mater at my college graduation from Vanderbilt University. A classmate’s mother was in the audience and worked for a record label in New York City. She helped me get my first manager and it snowballed from there. I always tell people asking for advice to sing everywhere they can–you never know who will be listening!
For more information and tickets to the show, check out: http://www.moonlightstage.com/performances/chris-mann-and-shoshana-bean