Monday, November 24, 2008

"White Christmas" the Musical Opens on Broadway and Applause Theatre Service has your Tickets!

"White Christmas" is one of my favorite musicals of all time and stars one of my favorite female performers of all time, Rosemary Clooney. I had the opportunity to meet her on a couple of occasions and she did not disappoint. Sweet and real down to earth. So easy to talk with and made me want to go home and hang with her! So motherly. Anyway this classic has opened on Broadway to some mixed reviews, but I would give it a rave! Classic Irving Berlin songs, incredible dancing and some of the most amazing sets for such a limited run. Hopefully you get a chance to see this show that is only here until January 4th, otherwise plan on it next year! Call an Applause Theatre Service sales expert and get your tickets at great prices. 800-451-9930.

Reviews of White Christmas:
[ NYT ] Just Like the Ones You Used to Know: Song, Dance and Fluffy White Endings, by Charles Isherwood
You'd have to be in a desperately, even pathologically nostalgic mood to derive much joy from the stage retread of White Christmas.
[ NYP ] Oh, It's All White, by Frank Scheck
Let it be noted for the record that I'm a sucker for Christmas. The ending of Miracle on 34th Street still makes me tear up, and don't even get me started on Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." So it's more than a little disappointing that the Broadway production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas is so lacking in genuine Yuletide spirit.
[ DN ] Irving Berlin's White Christmas shows there's no business like snow business, by Joe Dziemianowicz
After playing in other U.S. cities for the past four years, Irving Berlin's White Christmas has finally made its way to New York. As Broadway musicals go, it's a little creaky. But as a holiday entertainment, it's light and bright and boasts some great production numbers.
[ V ] Reviewed by David Rooney
There hasn't been this much tap-dancing on a Broadway stage since 42nd Street. Yet despite its relentless effervescence, Irving Berlin's White Christmas is most alive in its gentler, more melancholy moments—few as there are. Arriving in New York after multiple regional stops in the past four seasons, and aiming to establish itself as an annual holiday engagement, this somewhat mechanical show feels like a road production staffed with mostly second-tier talent. More seasonal confection than full-bodied musical theater, it coasts along on the strength of its melodious numbers and sparkling visuals, which should suffice to keep the tourist trade happy.
[ ND ] Straightforward and old-fashioned, without any added tinsel, by Linda Winer
White Christmas is a reasonable facsimile of what it's meant to be—a manipulation of the sentimental holiday marketplace that does not disturb the seasonal equilibrium with a bubble of original thought.
[ BLOOM ] Berlin's White Christmas Sings, Snows on Broadway, by John Simon
Folks nostalgic for old-time movie musicals may want to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Marquis Theatre in Times Square.
[ USA ] 'Tis a White Christmas confection on Broadway, by Elysa Gardner
Irving Berlin's White Christmas is as conscientiously G-rated a musical as you'll find on Broadway. Still, it ought to have an audience advisory—for diabetics.
[ AP ] Bland White Christmas dilutes its holiday cheer, by Michael Kuchwara
The festivities are muted and mild in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, a lavish, yet surprisingly bland stage adaptation of the popular 1954 movie.
[ LHJN ] White Christmas? Humbug, by Jacques Le Sourd
Look, I don't want to be a Grinch. How mean-spirited would I have to be to pan Irving Berlin's White Christmas, for goodness' sake, a seasonal entertainment with an Irving Berlin score that opened last night at the Marquis Theatre? Let's just say that this live show is based on one of the best Christmas movies ever made - the 1954 "White Christmas" that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. So, by all means, buy the movie for your collection. Or rent it. See it at 9 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime. Do not spend hundreds of dollars seeing this cheap and cheesy "live" version of the movie!
[ AMNY ] Reviewed by Matt Windman
While "White Christmas" is not the most artistically ambitious show on Broadway this year, it feels absolutely lovely to allow its old-fashioned entertainment and generous spirit wash all over you like a giant flurry of snow.
[ TM ] Reviewed by David Finkle
While no weatherman can truly promise a white Christmas, this show does deliver its promise of a merry and bright one to audiences.
[ ATW ] Charm That's a Little Chilly, by Andy Propst
Clearly, the process of bringing a musical version of a popular movie has changed—no longer is the imprimatur of a show having debuted on Broadway necessary, it's all about brand recognition. Unfortunately, the brand that's found in White Christmas doesn't feel all that "merry and bright." In fact, despite Berlin's always glorious songs, some first-rate orchestrations from Larry Blank and beyond terrific dance arrangements from Bruce Pomahac, and several incredibly appealing performances, White Christmas has the decided feel of a snowfall that's been on the ground for a day or two.

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