I just attended the opening night of the musical White Christmas at Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and I can say unequivocally that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please don’t get it mixed up with the movie White Christmas because it is not the same thing. It follows the storyline of the movie with a few different twists and it has many of the same songs but it definitely is different. If you go with the idea that you are going to see a copy of the movie you are going to be disappointed.
Sean Montgomery, who played Bob Wallace, and Kerry Conte, who played Betty Hanes, stayed true to their characters and did a good job. Sometimes it was hard to tell that they were supposed to be romantically attracted to one another but in the end, it all came together. In the song “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” Betty left me a little underwhelmed but she was superb in “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and so was Bob.
The two characters who really wowed me were Phil Davis, played by Jeremy Benton and Judy Haynes, played by Kelly Sheehan. From the moment they first danced together in “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing” right up to the curtain call they captivated the audience with both their singing and their dancing. The highlight of the show was their tap dance rendition of “I Love a Piano” with the chorus. It was phenomenal.
Martha Watson, played by Karen Ziemba, was also top notch. She provided great singing and some good comic relief. Her character’s bantering with the General, played by Conrad John Schuck tied the story together.
To enhance the singing, dancing, and storyline, the set designer, Anna Louizos, used simple props, backdrops, and lighting to make you feel like you were in a nightclub in the early 50’s. When the storyline took the viewer to an inn in Vermont, she really made you feel like you were in the lobby of an inn. It was warm and inviting with all the niceties that made you want to stay for a night.
My favorite, however, was the stage in the barn. The backdrop transported you to a quaint barn in New England and the props she used to make you think that you were watching a rehearsal moved on and off the stage effortlessly. The story culminated with the final scene in the barn on Christmas Eve and it was both beautiful and magical.
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All in all the show was a great way to spend an evening. I would highly recommend taking your family and going to see it. You can purchase White Christmas tickets at Dr. Phillips Center box office online and shows run until Sunday the 23rd. Merry Christmas!
*This review was written by Annette Allport! Thank you sponsor for the tickets so she could enjoy this musical.