When I started writing the O-Town Art articles for the Downtown Community Paper I had no idea how many blessings would come my way. Tuesday night the spirit of Christmas came to the Dr. Phillips Center with the production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
A post WWII America needed Mr. Berlin’s story of love and redemption, and maybe it is still relevant today. Naturally, every holiday we love hearing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” on the radio, but this show has so many memorable songs in just two hours. “Sisters, Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano” and “I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm” are the songs I grew up hearing in the 1950s. But this modern production with new technology produces so much more. It’s as if they polished off an old snow globe and added glitter.
The sets and costumes are a visual delight. The harmonies and voices were flawless, but OH, the dancing! The large dance numbers were remarkable and every single beat of the 15 plus pairs of tap shoes was perfection. Go see this Christmas treat at the Dr. Phillips Center before it leaves Sunday. Yes, Mr. Berlin, you were and still are a blessing to us all.