Theater Review: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

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TPAC’s Broadway Series presents:
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Nov. 13 – 18; All ages)
Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
782-4040 • tpac.org
Show times: Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $60

If your family has yet to embrace the spirit of the holiday season, this is the week to do it with the magnificent production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, gracing TPAC’s Jackson Hall stage through Sunday.

This brand-new stage musical adaptation of the beloved classic holiday film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney is closely aligned to the movie’s storyline (there was a previous stage version a few years ago that went off course from the movie’s plot), and if you’re a sentimental fan of the 1954 film, you will love this show!

The production is beautifully staged, and the entire cast — featuring James Clow (Bob Wallace), David Elder (Phil Davis), Stefanie Morse (Betty Haynes) and Mara Davi (Judy Haynes) — is superb through and through! Amazing vocals and dazzling dance steps grace the Jackson Hall stage. This is an outstanding family show, although if you take your littler ones, it will behoove you to educate them to the post World War II setting.

Fantastic costumes and great light design add to the beauty of the show from start to finish. Standout musical numbers include “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano” and, of course, the title song, “White Christmas.”

It’s great to experience a show giving an honorable nod to days past, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a perfect way to start your happy holidays!

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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