Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Dominion Theatre*

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tickets and more information: https://www.whitechristmasthemusical.co.uk/
Booking until: 4th January
Run time: 2hr 40 mins
Production Photographs by: Johan Persson 

White Christmas follows two former soldiers turned Broadway superstars of the 50s as they pair up with a sister act to save their former General’s inn. Along the way, they find love, laughter and a spirit for the holidays. With a stellar cast of West End favourites, White Christmas is a lovely theatrical treat to get you into the festive spirit.

Leading the cast as the two showmen are Danny Mac as Bob Wallace and Dan Burton as Phil Davis, both of whom are incredibly charming. The pair make a fine duo and they riff off each other well. Even in their mannerisms and the way to respond to each other clearly shows how many years are behind the friendships between their characters. This is only heightened once they are matched by Danielle Hope and Clare Halse as Betty and Judy, The Haynes Sisters, who equally match them in wit and pizzazz. It’s actually quite refreshing to see the two sisters not be reduced to just being the boys love interests but that they are positioned as performers in their own right too.  I also have to say Brenda Edwards was incredible as Martha Watson. She brought the house down with her comedic timing and her rendition of Let Me Sing and I’m Happy.

3. WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL. The Company. Photo Johan Persson

Where the production really shines is in it’s creative team. Michael Taylor’s set design is constantly interchangeable and really does a great job at setting each scene.  The choreography by Stephen Mear is dazzling and stunning. Although, perhaps the numbers do go on a little bit longer than they should, you become so caught up in how well performed they are that it doesn’t really matter. They’re absolutely beautiful to watch. The Piano number with Dan Burton and Clare Halse literally tap dancing on a piano was my favourite. The classic score by Irving Berlin feels fresh with an incredible orchestra sitting at the back of the stage. The title song was an absolute spectacle with the full cast on stage. But I think my favourite was Falling Out Of Love Can Be Fun as the harmonies between Clare Halse, Danielle Hope and Brenda Edwards were off the charts.

Overall, I pleasantly enjoyed this. I feel like this production came along at the right time. Theatre, for me, is all about escapism and why not escape this lovely and heartwarming production.

Until next time,

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