Broadway brings to Cincinnati stage one of the all-time Christmas classics Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The stage production is based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosley, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.
This delightful romantic comedy musical should put you in the in the holiday mood with a warm fuzzy feeling, believing all is possible.
The story begins with Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in the Army in 1944 giving their retiring commander General Waverly a glorious send off as he is headed home. Wallace and Davis continue to develop there entertainment careers after the war touring and making special appearances on shows such as Ed Sullivan. They are becoming big entertainers and are gaining in celebrity status. They visit a club one night and discover two up and coming female vocalists Betty and Judy Hanes. Phil and Bob are smitten with the young ladies act. Phil deceives Bob and they end up following the Hanes sisters to a Vermont inn where the ladies are performing. Bob and Phil are surprised to learn that their former commander is running this resort. However Bob and Phil discover that since there is no snow in Vermont the inn is suffering. The General for the first time in his life not in command of his circumstances and it makes him nervous and depressed. Phil and Bob come up with a plan to help the inn which gets misinterpreted and that leads to a host of miscommunications drama and comedy.
Patrons are going to love this production for several reasons. First the musically selections are superb which include the following: White Christmas, Happy Holidays, The Best Things happen while you’re dancing, Love, you Didn’t Do Right my Me, How Deep is the Ocean, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me, Warm.
Secondly, the stage and special effects will drawn you in as they is bright and festive making you feel like you are right there.
Thirdly, the performers were exceptional and heartfelt. Jeremy Benton was brilliant in displaying the attributes of his character Phil Davis’s the creativity, youthful enthusiasm, giddiness, and risk taker he will leave the audience amused and intrigued. Sean Montgomery as Bob Wallace was skilled in making Bob Wallace believable acting more of the straight guy to Phil’s zaniness. Sean gave the story the multiple levels of depth will keep everyone of edge of their seats. Conrad John Schuck brought the right balance to the role of General Waverly enticing the audience with entertaining excellence with displays of both comedy and drama to his role. Kelly Sheehan and Kerry Conte loved their Sisters routine which hit above the mark.
This production will continue at the Aronoff Center until December 6. I would highly recommend seeing this show while in town you won’t be disappointed.