A holiday service of Lessons and Carols, A New York Christmas to Remember, featuring host Regis Philbin, the puppetry of the late Jane Henson (wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson,) and the Fordham University Choir will be broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 11:30 p.m. on the CBS network.
The University Choir will be joined by the National Children’s Chorus and the St. Paul the Apostle Choir at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, which sits a stone’s throw from Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.
Throughout the hourlong special, Philbin will read biblical stories intercut with the puppet performances of the Henson’s daughters, Heather and Cheryl Henson. Like her husband, Jane Henson, who died last year, had a long history of working with puppetry. While studying theology, she was taken with medieval three-dimensional nativity scenes. She creatively blended her two interests into a new format, which her daughters will utilize to bring the nativity story to life.