REVIEW: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
All-in-all, White Christmas is a wonderful production based on the classic movie starting Bing Crosby. White Christmas is my mother’s favorite movie so I have a lot of nostalgia as soon as the curtain opened. The Ordway’s musical version of White Christmas provides everything one could want this time of year including holiday songs, dance, elaborate costumes and SNOW all to help tell a story of giving and love. For those of you unfamiliar, the plot revolves around a group of entertainers rallying to support a retired army general whose Vermont inn is struggling due ot a lack of snow. The musical stage production stays true to many themes of the movie but tweaks a few plot details to be better suited for the stage. A few new songs are also added. True fans of the movie will notice these differences while casual fans probably will not. My mom loved the new songs as she thought they were really good and appreciated the element of surprise.
At 2 hours and 30 minutes, White Christmas still managed to feel rushed. The development of love interests felt like fleeting moments between sparkling dance numbers. I even found myself wishing they would slow down the extensive finale so that I could savor it a just bit more.
White Christmas is at The Ordway in St. Paul through December 31, 2016.
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