added a welcome bit of inclusivity from the classic movie with a big, jazzy Hanukkah number, and it became the biggest hit of the night! In the biggest divergence from the 1983 Christmas classic, Fox’s live musical adaptation threw in a whole number for the side character of Raphie’s friend’s mom, Mrs. Schwartz, and Ana Gasteyer completely destroyed it. Viewers were quick to note that Ana Gasteyer’s Hanukkah song in was the standout moment in the show.
Ana Gasteyer’s breakout Hanukkah number was the most surprising and arguable most exciting part of the entire three-hour special. All of the other songs in the live musical event were based on the 2009 Broadway show (written by Pasek & Paul, the buzzy team behind recent smashes and ), but the Hanukkah number was not in that original musical. Instead, Ana Gasteyer’s big song, “Market for a Miracle,” was written recently, especially to be included in the Fox special. It is also a welcome injection of some Hanukkah joy into what was once an exclusively Christmas-themed story.
Check out some of the responses to the new song below:
Ana Gasteyer for MVP! #AChristmasStoryLive https://t.co/pJeefk6COG
— (@eonlinetv) #
ana gasteyer’s really out there being the mvp of every live musical she’s in, isn’t she?? #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@sydneygrrant) #
This Hanukkah song is amazing. Can we please get a musical about this Ana Gasteyer’s character’s Hanukkah story instead? #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@bmayberry92) #
Yeasssss a Jewish song #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@angedge) #
Yes Chanukah plug! Happy 6th night!! #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@tealgreenstar) #
We’ve got matzo balls and the Maccabees” yas girl sing it #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@lysfaye) #
Wow, a Hanukkah musical number in #AChristmasStoryLive? Cool!
— (@dblue02) #
And fans can also thank that new Hanukkah number for even getting Ana Gasteyer involved in in the first place. The alum and Broadway vet previously also had a part in , and she told Entertainment Weekly that it was the introduction of “Market for a Miracle” that got her to agree to take on the role of Mrs. Schwartz:
Ana Gasteyer’s big, jazzy, impressive voice may have been surprising for some viewers who may have only known her for her comedic performances on before now, but Broadway fans already knew that if Gasteyer was given a solo number it would be the breakout of the show. Gasteyer has been a theater star for nearly two decades now, having starred as Elphaba in and Mimi Schwinn in . Theater fans were quick to remind the uninitiated that Ana Gasteyer has proven her musical talents long before :
Everyone is aware that Ana Gasteyer has played Elphaba, yes? #FunFact #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@playbill) #
Do you recognize the actress playing Schwartz’s mom? It’s Ana Gasteyer, a former Elphaba in Wicked! #AChristmasStoryLive
— (@broadwayleague) #
I’m not watching but Ana Gasteyer in A New Brain is maybe the best live performance I’ve ever seen, okay bye
— (@joeycsims) #
Ok can we please bring @AnaGasteyer back to Broadway? @ChristmasonFOX https://t.co/OmKiSAgFNs
— (@broadwayworld) #
And in case her past theater credits weren’t enough to prove her amazing voice, Ana Gasteyer also released an album full of big jazz standards in 2014 called . If you were a fan of Gasteyer’s bombastic “Market for a Miracle” performance in , then may I also recommend that you give her full-throated cover of the jazz track “One Mint Julep” a listen as well — it served as the lead single off and also came with a really fun music video.
Ana Gasteyer on YouTube
I guess this year, finally became thanks to Ana Gasteyer’s superb performance. Gasteyer said that she was happy about the song’s inclusion since in the original movie, Ralphie never really confronted the lie he told that got his friend Schwartz in trouble with his mother, and “Market for a Miracle” let that moment happen.