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REVIEW: 'White Christmas' a Holiday Card for Texas

by Joy Donovan on December 27, 2013

 

The current offering at the Music Hall at Fair Park extends Christmas until Dec. 29.

The current offering at the Music Hall at Fair Park extends Christmas until Dec. 29.

If you dream of living inside a Christmas card, then dream your way over to The Music Hall at Fair Park for the musical “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”

The classic holiday movie transitions beautifully to the stage in this national touring production complete with Bing Crosby’s title song and my personal favorite, “Sisters,” with pale blue dresses and fans which will not disappoint.

For the uninitiated, the show-within-a-show focuses on two Army buddies, two singing sisters and a Vermont inn missing a little snow and a lot of guests. This production, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org) in time for the holiday season is a nostalgic showcase for Irving Berlin’s music such as “Happy Holiday,” Blue Skies” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.” In this show, also deserving star billing are the fabulous costumes by Carrie Robbins and the big-musical-style choreography by Randy Skinner.

Standout performances come from light-on-his-feet David Elder as Phil Davis, and tap-dancing wonder Meredith Patterson as blonde bombshell Judy Haynes. The two all but stop the show with “I Love a Piano,” which opens Act II and give the entire show a retro look into the happy musicals of another era.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” continues through Dec. 29, giving theater lovers a chance to extend their Christmas cheer, a lot like shaking that snow globe one more time. Take your sister; she’ll love it, along with the rest of the family.

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