It may still be too early to declare the start of the holiday season, but in the world of Hallmark, the official countdown to Christmas has begun. The Hallmark Channel’s annual Christmas film launch kicked off on Friday, October 22, and many Broadway veterans have made their way into this year’s 41 new films. Take a look at who you can catch in some of these cozy romantic comedies in the weeks to come.
Title: Christmas in harmony (Premiere on Friday, October 29)
Synopsis: “Harmony is brought in to audition for the Holiday Chorus – performed by an ex-boyfriend. By Christmas Eve, they could harmonize in the key to love.”
Watch out for: Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams
Josie and Pussycats singer Ashleigh Murray lead the cast of this musical film. But hopefully we’ll also have vocals from Loretta Devine, who played Lorrell Robinson in the original Broadway production of Dream girls, and Michelle Williams — Destiny’s Child icon and Broadway veteran (Aida, Chicago, once on this island).
Title: Next stop, Christmas (Saturday 6 November)
Plot: “Angie wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sports commentator. She takes the train to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice. from the enigmatic conductor of the train, Angie has the chance to revisit this Christmas and learn what – and who – is really important to her. ”
Attention: Christopher Lloyd
Not only does this Broadway veteran and seasoned Shakespearean actor grace this year’s Christmas film lineup, he does so alongside his Back to the future co-starring Lea Thompson. Don’t forget this new musical, which is now filming in the West End.
Title: A Christmas treasure (Sunday November 7)
Plot: “After opening a century-old time capsule and meeting a charming chef, Lou wonders whether or not she should move to New York City after Christmas and continue her writing career.”
Attention: Jordin Sparks
It doesn’t look like this American Idol The winner will sing with or for her “lovely boss,” but we’ll see some of the acting chops Sparks brought to Broadway as Nina in In the heights and like Jenna in Waitress.
Title: A kiss before Christmas (Sunday November 21)
Plot: “When nice Ethan wishes his life had taken a different course, he wakes up the next day to find that nothing is the same: he is not married to his wife Joyce, he does not have two children teenagers and he is the CEO of his company. If he wants to reclaim his original life and the family he loves, he must convince Joyce that he is telling the truth and winning it … and he has that until ‘on Christmas Day. “
To watch: Marilu Henner
It’s unclear who Henner is playing in this uplifting Christmas tale. But we’re sure she’ll be worth watching, as she is every time she takes the stage. His Broadway credits include Over here !, Pal Joey, Chicago, Social Security, and The story of the allergist’s wife-but never forget his most important role as a pre-Broadway Marty in Fat. She went on tour with the role instead of opening the Broadway production, but eventually took her rightful place as Pink Lady on Broadway.
Title: Christmas in Tahoe (Sunday November 28)
Plot: “To save the Christmas show at her family hotel, Claire must seek help from her ex-boyfriend Ryan, the lead guitarist of a now famous band who fired her as a manager ago. years.”
To watch: Laura Osnes, Kyle Selig
Train frontman Pat Monahan and comedian George Lopez also headline this vacation deal, but Broadway stars Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Kiosk) and Kyle Selig (Bad girls) are headlining. With Osnes at the helm of the film as Claire and Selig, 29 (who just quit playing a teenager on Broadway) as her famous ex-boyfriend Ryan, we couldn’t deal with a romantic story as distant as the plot. summary suggests. But who can say what time of day you work in the Hallmark years.
Title: Eight Hanukkah Gifts (Friday December 3)
Synopsis: “A woman travels to find her secret admirer during Hanukkah.”
Attention: Jake Epstein
This is one of the finer plot descriptions, but… surprise! A Hanukkah movie has entered Hallmark’s countdown to Christmas! Jake Epstein, originally Gerry Goffin’s role in Beautiful musical Carole King, stars alongside Israeli actress Inbar Lavi, presumably the secret admirer in question. It promises to be a very goyishe Hanukkah, but hopefully it includes some romantic dreidel play and a latke crash that brings these two lovebirds together around the menorah.