By David Salazar
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is set to present “Home for the Holidays,” a unique variety show scheduled for Dec. 18, 2020.
The showcase will feature the mezzo-soprano from her home in the Poconos hosting alongside her blue ukulele. Guests will include soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, pianists Ryan MacEvoy and Dr. Charlene Lotz, soprano Gabrielle Gilliam, and tenor Darius Thomas.
Blythe will also appear as her drag alter ego Blythley Oratonio.
“I grew up adoring the variety show format – never missing ‘Donny & Marie,’ ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, or ‘The Shields and Yarnell Show and most of all I loved watching reruns of ‘The Dean Martin Show.’ Those shows introduced me to incredible artists in a very personal way, and they always made their audiences feel like a part of the family – like we were in in on the jokes, and the songs were being sung just for us,” Blythe stated in a press release. “Being able present a show like this for Christmas is an absolute gift. I’ve been describing ‘Home for the Holidays’ as something like musical exhibition skating. And I am thrilled that we have such generous and wonderful artists joining us for this program – here we get to entertain and be ourselves – making the audience feel more like a part of the party,” she adds.