It was a White Christmas last night at the Orpheum Theater. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” lit up the stage with all the familiar songs and the story you know so well about the famous former soldiers who become a famous Broadway act – and end up helping out their former General by doing a show at his failing Vermont Inn during an unseasonably warm Christmas season. That’s my loose interpretation.
In some ways, the interpretation on stage is even looser, but you don’t mind it so much because all the familiar elements are present. Most specifically the wonderful music. The stage show even adds some other favorites from the era, which are not in the beloved Christmas movie.
What this stage production has going for it is definitely the dancing. The chorus is clearly comprised of very well trained dancers who can sing. The choreography is complicated, and they do their job making it look effortless and easy. The tap numbers were particularly impressive and quite reminiscent of the time where male actors were frequently trained tap dancers as well.
It was a festive kick-off to the Holiday season, and we are so fortunate here in the Twin Cities to have the company here through the weekend.
Tickets can be purchased by going to the Hennepin Theater Trust website, and shows continue through Sunday (with no shows on Thanksgiving Day). And while you’re downtown, check out Brilliance! Made Here, the third round of downtown holiday window exhibits created by local artists.0