Like other cinematic holiday classics, White Christmas has been adapted into a stage musical, providing a splendid addition to many community and regional theaters who might be burnt out on the usual cycle of Yule Tide shows. For the last two years, my local playhouse put on two different productions of A Christmas Carol. Don't get me wrong, I think Dickens' tale is a masterful little gem. I've just seen it too many times retold in far too many ways. That's why I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that this year they would be putting on a show they had never done before: White Christmas.
If you have seen the Bing Crosby / Danny Kaye film, then this stage version will be relatively familiar territory. Many of the original's catchy songs are still in tact, not just the title carol but "Snow," and my personal favorite "Sisters." (The drag version of the number cracks me up every time.) However, there are several key differences, including some additional characters, as well as a few songs not featured in the movie. All in all, White Christmas lives up to one's expectations. It's a merry, mostly silly romp with some romance and good-old fashioned sentimentalism thrown -- exactly what I crave this time of year.
Spoiler Alert: There's snow at the end! Merry Christmas!