Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a beautifully gift wrapped holiday entertainment adapted from the 1954 Bing Crosby film, has finally made its way to Broadway after playing several US cities the past four years. The evening directed by Walter Bobbie is light and breezy with some fantastic production numbers. The show adds additional Berlin standards, like “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “Let Yourself Go,” to the already terrific score that includes gems like “White Christmas,” “Snow,” “ Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “ Sisters,” and “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”
As musicals go, the lavishly produced evening feels a bit creaky. We get a meticulous staging that recreates the beauty of the Hollywood film. The gifted performers, who sing and dance perfectly, unfortunately don’t breath life into their rather one dimensional characters. The evening’s big strength besides the production values and Berlin’s songbook is Randy Skinner’s stirring tap-heavy choreography.
If you are a softie for a Currier and Ives holiday card replete with fantastic songs and artificial snow you’re sure to be moved.
By: Gordin & Christiano
White Christmas is playing at
The Marquis Theater
1535 Broadway at 45th Street;
Through Jan. 4, 2009
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.