The Christmas Theater Banquet was conceived by Robert Butler, the owner of the Spinning Wheel Inn in Redding, Ct. He wanted to combine food and entertainment as they did since medieval times in his native England. Mr. Butler started his program in 1982, with songs performed between twelve courses. In 1986, he hired Karen Randazzo to write and direct a five act, five course Christmas show.
Over the past 31 years the show morphed into four courses served between three acts featuring contemporary holidays themes.
Karen has written and directed them all, with Brad Blake, Charles Wade, and now her husband Peter musical directing the shows. The Randazzo's show left the Spinning Wheel ten years ago. But not a year has been missed, making it the longest running Christmas show in Connecticut. They enjoy working at Michael's in Bethel, Tashua Knolls in Trumbull and The Norwalk Inn in Norwalk and know you will enjoy this year's heartwarming tale!
About Steppin' Out Entertainment and Karen & Peter Randazzo
Steppin'Out produces entertainment for corporations, fundraisers, and the general public, as well as teaching classes in the arts, voice, acting and piano. We have a wide variety of scripted shows, as well as creating entertainment pieces specifically for individual clients.
Peter is a versatile performer who has worked in many areas of the business. As an actor he appeared with Geraldine Fitzgerald in the Off Broadway production of “Street Songs”, Tony in “West Side Story” at WestStage, Lt.Cable in “South Pacific” at the Host Theater in Lancaster Pa., Oedipus in “The Greeks” for the Humanities Touring Co. and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Westchester's Broadway Theater. He has composed and arranged music for Jr. Achievement, NYNEX, Westbury Music Fair’s Children’s Theater, and eight original musicals for The American Theater Banquet Co. His original musical, “PECOS BILL” was presented at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival.
Karen was selected to produce and direct “Side by Side” for the Sondheim Composer’s Festival at the University of Bridgeport. The following year she was invited back for Leonard Bernstein’s visit, where she wrote and directed an original revue of his work entitled, “Bernstein On Broadway.” Karen has enjoyed directing at Western Connecticut State University, Curtain Call, and Danny’s Skylight Room in Manhattan. Her musical, “Another Day in Paradise,” was presented at the Triad, Zipper Theater, and Laurie Beecham in Manhattan as well as at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Connecticut.
"Once again Karen Randazzo has written and directed the show so as to include a dozen popular holiday songs plus some traditional carols. Everything fits together easily, and a happy mood is quickly established."
Mort Siegal, Danbury News Times
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"Christmas In New England is as warm as a Perry Como sweater or an Andy Williams special. The cast imbues it's characters with so much charm that you can't wonder how it will turn out."David Wilson, Fairfield County Advocate