Mariah Carey in ‘A Christmas Melody’
If all you want for Christmas is to see Mariah Carey star as a mean-girl PTA president in a Hallmark Channel holiday movie that she also directs, your wish came true.
Yahoo TV has an exclusive first look at A Christmas Melody, which premieres Dec. 19 as the final of 17 new original films featured in the network’s annual Countdown to Christmas event (which officially began Oct. 31). Carey co-stars alongside Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Brennan Elliot (Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove), Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus, Sister Act), and 10-year-old Broadway sensation Fina Strazza (Matilda the Musical).
We’ll let Hallmark describe the plot:
A Christmas Melody revolves around Kristin (Chabert), a beautiful, stylish divorcee who is a talented clothing designer, and her young daughter, Emily (Strazza). Kristin has just had to close her small Manhattan boutique to return to her Ohio home town and live in her parents’ former home. It’s an adjustment for Kristin and Emily — especially when she runs into her former high school rival Melissa (Carey). Melissa is president of the PTA and tries to make Kristen feel as unwelcome as possible. Kristen and Emily struggle to find their new normal with the help of the hunky local music teacher Danny (Elliott) and coffee shop owner Sarah (Najimy).
Carey directs Strazza in a scene in which the children’s choir performs at school
While Carey does not sing in the film, she did arrange and produce a new version of her song “Oh Santa!” (from her 2010 album Merry Christmas II You) for Strazza to perform.
A Christmas Melody premieres Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel.