This past week, I joined Broadway in Cincinnati for opening night of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Aronoff Center. Boy was I excited for this one! White Christmas has been my all-time favorite holiday story. From the classic songs to the dance numbers, I've always enjoyed this timeless tale of two performing couples who turned their talent into a game changer for a man who meant so much to many.
First and foremost...the songs! From "Sisters" to "Snow," they bring a smile to my face. (I even ordered an art print with the "Snow" lyrics on it as part of my holiday decor. This year, it will be featured front and center on my mantle.)
The theater experience turned magical when the cast invited the audience to sing along with the headlining song, "White Christmas." For me, that really felt like the official kickoff to the holiday season.
Like most plays, this show differed from the movie and I was pleasantly surprised by the extra dance numbers and additional musical features. One tap routine performed by cast is an impressive showcase of endurance and talent (and that's coming from someone who has judged competitive cheer and dance for years).
At the end of the evening, you walk away with a valuable lesson..."If you're worried and you can't sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep...and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings." A great reminder for all of us!
You still have an opportunity to see White Christmas yourself. It will be in Cincinnati until Sunday, December 6. Find the schedule and purchase tickets here.
A special thanks to Broadway in Cincinnati for inviting me and the hubs to join them for opening night!
Photos by Kevin White