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'Desperate Measures' & Sarah Brightman's 'Hymn' make T2C 'CD picks for your Christmas stockings'

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Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea's all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you're at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Top of our list is the original cast recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Desperate Measures, which recently reopened at New World Stages, is now available digitally from Masterworks Broadway. With music by David Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), the album is produced by Robert Sher with liner notes by Peter Filichia. The recording features Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Emma Degerstedt (Smokey Joe's Cafe) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Conor Ryan (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary national tour), and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots). The lyrics are crisp and witty, and David Friedman has a gift for melody like few others.

The world's most successful and best selling soprano Sarah Brightman anticipated fifteenth full-length album, Hymn. This marks the multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-nominated, classical crossover pioneer's first new studio recording since she released the international chart-topper Dreamchaser in 2013. In addition to her new album, Sarah Brightman announced her world tour, Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert, which begins in South America and includes 125 shows across five continents throughout 2019. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in January 2019. To enhance her world of enchantment, Sarah Brightman has partnered with Swarovski on her world tour. Her elaborate costumes and dazzling tiaras will be composed of Swarovski crystals.