Tabernacle: PBS, BYU

(Above: Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville spend ‘Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Source: PRNewsfoto/BYUtv)

Sutton Foster (Younger) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Jesus: Countdown to Cavalry) share center stage on the 15th annual Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, debuting as a 60-minute show on PBS tonight and encoring in a 90-minute version on BYUtv Thursday.

Foster, a two-time Tony Award winner (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will sing “Joy to the World,” “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, “Silent Night, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and more.

Bonneville will read the Christmas story from Luke 2, and tell the tale of an 1873 night at sea and its aftermath for the composer of the hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.”

The 90-minute version will also include Foster singling John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and an audience sing-along to “Jingle Bells.”

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, produced by BYUtv, was taped over three consecutive nights in Salt Lake City’s Temple Square last December, with 21,000 people in attendance each night.

PBS will premiere its version tonight, December 17, at 9 pm ET (but check local listings for days/times in your area).

BYUtv, which streams free at byutv.org./livetv, will premiere its version Thursday, December 20, at 8 pm ET. The commercial-free channel is owned by Brigham Young University.

In addition to Foster, Bonneville and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir also features the Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square handbell choir, Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble, dancers and actors.

 

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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