• ‘White Christmas’ a must-see holiday classic

    Posted on December 2, 2013 by Jasmine Barta in Reviews.

    Photo by Phoenix Theatre

    ‘Tis the season for pretty lights, eggnog, caroling and all things Christmas in preparation for one of the greatest — if not the best — holidays there is.

    And while some individuals can seamlessly transition into the Christmas spirit as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the Black Friday shopping is done, others may need some assistance.

    “White Christmas” is the perfect musical to put you in the feel-good Christmas spirit, and you’re in luck, because it will be performed on the Phoenix Theatre stage through Christmas Eve.

    “White Christmas” is everything Christmas should be about: the gift of giving, love, friendship, laughter, family, helping others in need and counting your blessings instead of thinking about all of the things you wish you had.

    The musical, directed by Michael Barnard, is based on the 1954 film of the same title, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and it tells the story of  a pair of World War II veterans who have gone on to become a very successful song-and-dance act during the 1950s.

    The two meet two sisters, who also have a talent for singing and dancing, just before the girls are about to catch their train for their Christmas show at a Vermont inn, which just happens to be owned by the men’s former army commander.

    After that, of course, passion, chaos, romance, misunderstandings and show business ensue to guarantee a humorous, thought-provoking, and heartwarming Christmas tale that will have you wishing you knew what radio station played the Christmas songs on your way home.

    The entire cast is astounding and the production crew deserves its praise as well. Throughout the show, you will see beautiful Christmas lights, wonderful scenery and sets and, at one point, real snow. There’s not a moment when your eyes aren’t drawn to the stage, and after a while, you may even forget it’s a stage you’re looking at.

    The show is filled with wonderful songs masterfully sung, but my favorites have to be the duets that were sung by Debby Rosenthal and Joseph Cannon, who portrayed Betty and Bob, the two characters who never expected they’d find someone to call their own, let alone each other.

    Together they sing “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and “How Deep is the Ocean.” Both are beautiful, harmonious duets, and their voices fit each other so well. One or both of these songs may even bring tears to your eyes, which you will be able to covertly wipe away in the dark theater.

    Some other songs I love include “White Christmas” by the entire ensemble, “Love and the Weather” and “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.” So, if you’re looking for a enjoyable Christmas activity for you and your family, this would be a show to see.

    Tickets are currently on sale and some discounts may be available. You can buy tickets by calling the box office at 602-254-2151 or online at the Phoenix Theatre website.

    Happy holidays!

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