Jessie Mueller and James Monroe Iglehart to conduct recording of Christmas schooner studio cast


A brand new studio recording of the beloved holiday musical, The Christmas Schooner, starring Tony Award winners Jessie Mueller (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; Waitress) and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin; Hamilton), will be released in 2022. Ahead of the holidays, an exclusive pre-release track for the opening issue, “We All Have Songs”, is now availableblto eat

Written by John Reeger and Julie Shannon and inspired by a true story, The Christmas Schooner is the heartwarming vacation story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed musical features a powerfully moving story and an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites. A timely and moving tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, family and responsibility.

“I’ve known and loved this music for years,” Mueller said. “I have been fortunate enough to know the author of his book, John Reeger, all my life, and when he approached me about making this new studio album, I was so honored. new generation getting to know Julie Shannon music, showcased by Ian Weinberger’s gorgeous new orchestrations and this amazing cast. Plus, I’m a bit of a Christmas freak, so this show touches me every time! It was heartwarming to meet again in a room with such talented artists after such a long time. To make music! In the same room! My heart was full. “

“I’ve always wanted to work on a vacation album,” added Iglehart. “And this one is so full of heart, the music is so good, and it’s based on a true story. Plus, I couldn’t say no to the chance to sing with Jessie Mueller!”

The Christmas Schooner: New Studio Cast Recording also features a cast of Broadway stars, including Joel Hatch (Come From Away), Daniel Yearwood (Hamilton), Patricia Noonan (Death Takes A Holiday), Stephanie Jae Park (Hamilton), Tess Primack (Fiddler on the Roof), John Edwards (MJ), Deon’te Goodman (Hamilton), Robert Pendilla (Kinky Boots), Kyle Sherman (Ordinary Days) and newcomer Vedant Ramesh.

The album, with musical supervision and new orchestrations by Ian Weinberger, is produced by Bill Geller, Ian Weinberger and Angie Teo, in association with Zachary Baer and Jillian Robbins, and is mastered by Roberta Giel. Scott Weinstein is the project director.

Listen to “We All Have Songs” by The Christmas Schooner: new studio recording here.

The Christmas Schooner: New Studio Cast Recording will be released digitally in 2022. Learn more about the album at

The Christmas schooner is available for license through Music Theater International. Learn more about how to get a license for the musical. HERE.

The Christmas Schooner: New Cast Recording photographic resources are available here.


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