Joel B. New’s “Undertaking Christmas”

Joel B. New’s “Undertaking Christmas”


After his perfectly planned life falls apart in New York City, party planner Nick Holliday returns to his quaint hometown of Sadness, Indiana, to save a family funeral home from going six feet under right before Christmas. Hailed as one of the “best Christmas shows this holiday season” by TimeOut New York and starring Broadway’s Todd Buonopane (Cinderella) and Joel B. New (Monkey Trouble Unleashed!), this brand new musical podcast production of UNDERTAKING CHRISTMAS will make Broadway and Hallmark movie fans alike feel cozy, nostalgic, and super gay, all at once. UNDERTAKING CHRISTMAS is a loving send-up of the Hallmark Channel Original Holiday Movie genre, except deliberately daffy in its use of tropes and centering around a same-sex love story. The musical’s score includes songs destined to become tomorrow’s holiday hits, like “All I Want For Christmas Is A Boyfriend For My Dad,” “Christmas Happens,” and “Death and Taxes and Christmas and You.”

Benjwelo Theatricals presents



Ryan Bauer-Walsh as “Cole”

Todd Buonopane as “Kris”

Cicily Daniels as “Mrs. C” (singing)

Madge Dietrich as “December”

Jennifer Fouche as “Mrs. C” (speaking)

Joel B. New as “Nick Holliday”

Charles Sanchez as “Carol”

Rachel Louise Thomas as “Virginia”


Michael Galyon

Joshua Hinck

Melissa McKamie

Annemarie Rosano

Lauren Ruff

Choreography by Avital Asuleen

Musical arrangements and accompaniment by Gillian Berkowitz

Written and directed by Joel B. New


Announcer: Sandy Ames.

Sound design, edited, mixed, and mastered by Joel B. New.

Underscore music and sound effects are provided by Envato Elements.

All performers recorded remotely from their homes, with the exception of the Ensemble’s work, which was all recorded live and safely in a single rainy afternoon at Smash Studios in New York; and the piano accompaniment, which was recorded live at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn and the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway.

Special thanks to Rene Pierre Allain at Scholes Street Studio, Angela Birchett, Ally Bonino, Broadway Podcast Network, Michael Cassara, Connectivus Group, Bill Coyne, Leah Darby, Mike Dobson, Krissy Fox, Victoria Huston Elem, Francesca Iacovacci, Charlie Johnson, Joannie Jorczak, Steven Kopp, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Jimmy Ludwig, Brett Macias, Lyz Mancini, Matt from RX9, Carolyn Mignini, Leah K. New, Richie Portela, Tessa Raden, Kilty Reidy, Shane Saldivar, and Richard Riaz Yoder.

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