Reviewed by Louise Edwards
If you are looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, then a visit to the theatre to see Irving Berlin’s classic musical, A White Christmas is essential! Straight from the West End and based on the 1954 musical starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye this musical is guaranteed fun and festive cheer.
Directed by Ian Tabot OBE and with choreography from Stephen Mear the star-studded performance features JayMcGuiness, best known as the vocalist in boy band, The Wanted, who plays Bob Wallace. He is joined by Phil Davies, who plays Dan Burton.
It is Christmas Eva during WW2 and Wallace and Davies are entertaining the troops when their much admired Major General Thomas F. Waverly, played magnificently by Michael Starke (best known for his role as Sinbad in Brookside) arrives to inform them he is leaving the army.
Fast forward and the duo of Wallace and Davies are big stars and planning on heading to Miami to celebrate Christmas in the sun. Davies is concerned about the lack of love in Wallace’s life. He seems to lack confidence with women, something Davies has plenty of. Before heading off they go to see a sister act, in for the form of the Haynes sisters. Jessica Daley plays Betty and Monique Young plays Judy roles they have played in the West End to great acclaim.
The sisters are planning a trip to snowy Vermont as they have a show to put on there. Phil and judy hit it off instantly and it is clear Bob and Betty have an attraction but both are shy and scared of rebuttal. Secretly, Phil tells Judy that he will change the tickets from Miami to Vermont and see them there in the hope that Bob and Betty will find love.
On the train Bob realises he has been set up but goes along with the change of plan. They arrive into Vermont, which is experiencing an unseasonal heat wave and find the guest house is deserted as the guests have left due to the lack od snow. The guest house is overseen by concierge Martha Watson, played by Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, a part she has played on an off over the years and that she knows well. It soon becomes clear that the guest house is in trouble with unpaid bills and none other than General Waverly is the owner struggling to make ends meet.
The story is wonderful and not too predictable but the highlight really has to be the incredible music such as Sisters and Blue Skies as well as the title song White Christmas of course.
Sprinkle some Christmas magic into your life with a generous dose of nostalgia (and Hollywood royalty!) combined with a cracking score and wonderful tap dancing to create an exceptional performance. Escapism at its best!
Tickets cost from £22.50
White Christmas is on at Theatre Royal, Nottingham until Saturday 26 November 2022.
For more information or to book tickets visit https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/white-christmas-22/
or call the box office on 0115 989 5555
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
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