‘Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas!’ comes to Ridgefield Playhouse
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Jane Lynch is jazzed about the television variety show she’s developing for next fall and its focus on good news. Because there’s plenty of it happening, she said, but you don’t always hear about it.
“We are going to celebrate people who do wonderful things for each other, big kindnesses and small kindnesses,” she said. “It will be a half hour at the end of the work day before dinner, to hear something uplifting and sit back and laugh.”
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor and comedian said the format hasn’t been finalized — there could even be some funny dog and cat videos — but she’s thrilled, nonetheless, because it’s a project that’s close to her heart.
Also close to her heart is the new holiday show she’s bringing to the Ridgefield Playhouse, Saturday, Dec. 2. Lynch will be joined by actor/comic Kate Flannery (Meredith from “The Office”) and “Glee” vocal arranger Tim Davis in “Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas!”
The show features Lynch and her pals doing songs from her album, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas!” They’ll also sing other holiday favorites, recalling the classic Christmas albums of the ’50s and ’60s, backed by the Tony Guerrero Quintet.
Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. $75, 203-438-5795, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Lynch, who starred as Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” was in Broadway’s “Annie” and recently appeared on “Will & Grace.” She shared more in a phone interview, saying she was inspired to create the new show after touring the country with her cabaret act, “See Jane Sing.”
“I’ve been traveling with Kate Flannery and Tim Davis. We do real tight, three-part harmonies and the band is a swingin’ band, very jazzy. While on tour last year we had the idea to make a Christmas album.”
Lynch said their band leader arranged the tunes in a way that pays homage to the style of songs from the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the show is filled with laughs and beautiful music.
“It’s a great way to start the holiday season,” she said. “I know it’s early in December, but it’s full of holiday spirit and everything about it is positive.”
The trio’s comedy is “pretty darn good and irreverent,” she said — nothing political, just self-deprecating humor about “our own little foibles” and Christmas.
“Kate is my friend forever and we’ve been singing forever,” Lynch said. “She’s a pip; she has an amazing voice and is the funniest person I know. Tim is so handsome and a throwback from the 1960s; he greases his hair back and wears tuxedos. He’s our eye candy.”
Lynch said she and Flannery slip back and forth on who does the soprano and alto parts, whatever sounds best, and that anyone who comes to the show “will be in the best mood for Christmas.”
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