Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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Publisher's Summary

Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze is a music-filled holiday comedy starring Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph, with a jolly cast including Patti LuPone, Rachel Dratch, and Richard Kind. In this heartwarming story of love and friendship, we follow the journey of “Sugar” and “Booze” as they go from inseparable college buddies to busy working moms who mostly keep in touch with each other, and their close friends and family, through annual holiday letters. Pulled apart by distance and their hectic lives, their friendship nears a breaking point. That is until one December, when everything comes to a head at their annual holiday fete. Can their friendship survive the holidays?    

Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze features music from Ana Gasteyer’s album sugar & booze, available now at sugarandboozealbum.com.  

©2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc. (P)2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc.

Go Behind the Scenes of Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze

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Our favorite moments from Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze

"Let’s see what will be for the rest of these dear friends."
"I miss you, Sugar. Okay, I’m glad no one heard that."
"And when we feel and give love, we feel joy. Isn’t that the whole point?"

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  • "Let’s see what will be for the rest of these dear friends."
  • Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze
  • "I miss you, Sugar. Okay, I’m glad no one heard that."
  • Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze
  • "And when we feel and give love, we feel joy. Isn’t that the whole point?"

About the Creator and Performer

Ana Gasteyer is sweetening up the holidays with the release of the hilarious series Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze, her first Audible Original. In addition to co-writing the series, Gasteyer voices the character of Booze. The series incorporates some the music from her critically acclaimed new holiday album, sugar & booze, which is a collection of festive seasonal songs, classic and original. "…an uproarious homage to Christmas albums of old."—BILLBOARD

sugar & booze is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album I’m Hip. Gasteyer has toured with her band, performing what she calls her 'Happy Jazz’ act since 2016, delighting audiences and critics nationwide, with her "high-octane vocals", "a topnotch swingin’ ensemble" and "exuberant and rollicking entertainment".  Of her two-week residency at the famed Cafe Carlyle, Stephen Holden of The New York Times raved about Gasteyer’s "strong singing voice that can stir up a storm."

In addition to her celebrated work as a television actor and on SNL, Gasteyer is a trained singer who has starred in multiple Broadway and televised musicals. She starred as Elphaba in Wicked in both the Broadway and Chicago productions (earning a Jefferson Award Nomination for her performance in the latter). In 2017, Gasteyer starred in FOX’s A Christmas Story Live!, inspired by the holiday classic feature. In the expanded role of Mrs. Schwartz, Gasteyer belted out the Emmy Award nominated song "In the Market for a Miracle" which was created for her by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Gasteyer also starred as Mae in the movie musical Reefer Madness for Showtime and as Principle McGee in FOX’s hit live broadcast of the iconic musical Grease  opposite Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. In 2018, Gasteyer performed as Miss Hannigan in the Tony-winning musical Annie at The Hollywood Bowl alongside David Alan Grier, Megan Hilty, Lea Salonga, and Roger Bart.

In addition to her album I’m Hip, her voice can be heard on the soundtracks for Reefer Madness, A Christmas Story Live!, the 2015 cast recording of A New Brain (opposite Jonathan Groff), and the Actors Fund Benefit recording of Hair.

About the Creator

Mona Mansour is a playwright based in New York City. She met Ana Gasteyer in the Groundlings' Sunday Company years ago and is thrilled to be reunited with her for Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze.Her play The Vagrant Trilogy makes its NYC premiere in spring 2020 at the Public Theater. Winner of a 2012 Whiting Award for emerging writers, she is currently writing for a new Apple TV show.

About the Performer

Maya Rudolph is an Emmy-nominated actress, who has established herself as a captivating, versatile performer across comedy, drama, and music. Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC's Saturday Night Live, where she was one of the show's regular players for more than seven years, as well as her various television projects and film appearances, including Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig. Since her debut on SNL in 2000, Rudolph's memorable portrayals included Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace, and Beyoncé as well as such recurring sketches as "Wake Up Wakefield" and "Bronx Beat". Maya is currently in production on the FOX animated series, Bless the Harts. Created by Emily Spivey, the show debuted in September 2019 and was recently renewed for a 2nd season. She is also currently in production on the animated film, The Willoughbys, alongside Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, and Sean Cullen in the voice cast. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s popular book of the same name and will be released by Netflix. Maya was recently seen in Amy Poehler’s directorial film debut for Netflix, Wine Country, alongside Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, and Tina Fey. Rudolph also lent her voice to a character in The Lego Movie: 2. In late 2018, Rudolph announced the formation of her production company, Animal Pictures, alongside her longtime friend, Natasha Lyonne. The duo have signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios to create and develop series projects for the Prime Video service.

About the Performer

A two-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Evita and Gypsy, Patti LuPone most recently starred to critical acclaim as Joanne in Marianne Elliott’s smash hit production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company in London’s West End, winning the Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for her performance. She reprises this performance in March 2020 when Company opens on Broadway. Her NY stage credits include: War Paint (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle award nominations); Shows for Days; The Seven Deadly Sins (NY City Ballet); Company (NY Philharmonic); Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC award nominations); Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations); Noises Off; The Old Neighborhood; Master Class; Anything Goes (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award); Oliver!; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; The Water Engine; and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony, Drama Desk nominations). Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera); To Hell and Back (SF Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera-debut); and Regina (Kennedy Center). Film credits include: Cliffs of Freedom, (2019) The Comedian, Parker, and Union Square. Recent TV: Hollywood (2020), Pose, Mom, The Simpsons, Vampirina, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful (Critics Choice award nomination), Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, 30 Rock, and Glee. She is a founding member of both the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and John Houseman’s The Acting Company and the author of the New York Times best seller, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

About the Performer

Rachel Dratch is best known for her seven years on Saturday Night Live and appearances on 30 Rock. She guest starred on Parks and Recreation, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Broad City, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In film, Rachel appeared in The Week Of opposite Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Steve Buscemi; Sisters alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and many others. Rachel authored the critically acclaimed memoir Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle published in 2012. She can be seen in the upcoming Netflix feature Wine Country with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, and Paula Pell.

Credits

Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze is an Audible Original, produced by Broadway Video

Co-Written & Co-Created by Ana Gasteyer and Mona Mansour
Executive Produced by Ana Gasteyer
Executive Produced by Britta von Schoeler Produced by Mona Mansour
Produced by Austin Breslow and Mark Valdez for Broadway Video

Executive Produced by Will Rogers and Ian Stearns for Audible

Executives in Charge for Audible: Najen Naylor and Keith O’Connell
Directed by Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
Story Consulting by Andrew Briedis, Patricia Cotter, Matt Rogers, Lauren Gurganous, Kevin Snipes, and Samantha Shanker

Post-Audio Production by SOUND+FISSION

Sound Design by Chuck Fay

Dialog Editing and Pre-mixing by David Grinbaum
Sound Mixing and Mastering by Devin Greenwood
Music Editing & Supervisor Bryan Master

Executive Post-Audio Producers Evan Frankfort & Bryan
Master Sound Engineered by Bobby Garza, Jeff Citron, and Hunter Berk
Score Composed by Jon Spurney
Script Coordinators Sam Fasano and Hannah Doctoroff
Production Assistant Sandy Melara

Voice performances by Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Patti LuPone, Mona Mansour, Richard Kind, Rachel Dratch, Michael Hitchcock, Tim Bagley, Oscar Nunez, Brian Huskey, Dylan Gelula, Leslie Kritzer, Montego Glover, and Erin Anderson

Additional voice performances by AJ Jastrab, Benjamin McGowan, Branson Reese, Casey Jost, Franca Vercelloni, Gianna Dennis, James Bernard, Jim Santangeli, Michael Cruz Kayne, Michael Marston, and Sarah Grace Welbourn

Recorded at
Downtown Music Studios and the Soundtrack Group in New York City
LA Studios in Studio City

Special thanks to Vanessa Harris, Diana Dapito, Erin Hotchkiss, Michael Pontecorvo, Andy Garland, Ali Bengochea, Anne-Marie Kabia, Mike Newberger, Howard Groudan, Melissa Ludeman, Tonia Sawyer, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Paul Staroba, and Jack Sullivan.

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Fun and easy listen

I listened to this story while doing some holiday organizing and it was a fun and easy listen. Relatable story about staying in touch with long-term friends. The SNL lover in me was happy to hear Rachel Dratch playing a Debbie Downer type character at the annual holiday party.

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This is hysterical!

I loved it, especially when one of the girls ends up with a "litter" of rowdy kids, while the other had just one. When the families get together, it's a huge accident waiting to happen! The Christmas village catastrophe was excellent, too! I've added this to my "must read at Christmas" list.

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Christmas Secrets

A fun take on a serious topic. College friends drift apart over the years and one finds that everyone knows her husband's secret but her. The music was great and I wish there was more of it.

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Good One.

Fast paced, funny, but not hilarious. Perfect for listening in quiet places...work, school, library, hospitals, Dr. offices, and etc.

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Loved this book!

I rarely write reviews, but I really enjoyed this audio book and want to recommend it to others. The story was fun and the characters well performed. I listened to it while doing housework; my house decorated for the holidays (including a holiday village), thinking of my best friend who lives half way across the country. Made me laugh and smile. Thanks!

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Saw the lineup and immediately thought funny😞

While the story was interesting I thought it would be more humorous. Still good for a holiday listen. Happy Holidays!

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Fabulous!

Great narration. Lovely story with lots of twists. Perfectly captured the holidays with old friends. I loved it!

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Super cute!! Fun and easy listen

This story started out a little slow and I didn't think I would finish it but it turned out to be a super cute and easy listen. It became captivating and adorable! The performances were superb start to finish!

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Cute

Loved the cast obviously. The storyline left a lot t ok be desired. But overall it was cute.

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Holiday wonder

What a joy to listen to! love Anna and Maya! Brilliantly funny! Will recommend this

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