Thursday Theatre Review: White Christmas

Every Christmas Eve my family watches White Christmas. Every Christmas we discover something new about the movie, like the year we yelled "Look! Bing's wearing a girdle!" So, going to see White Christmas at The Sony Centre (formerly the Hummingbird Centre, formerly the O'Keefe Centre) I was both excited and trepidatious.

I wondered it if would live up to the movie for me, or if maybe it would totally eclipse the movie and I wouldn't enjoy that anymore.

The truth is, it didn't do either.

My show-partner on this one was my mum, who has also seen the movie 8 billion times.

Neither of us were blown away, but both of us generally enjoyed our evening.

Generally the show was a nice light and fluffy holiday distraction with good singing and dancing. Although, one thing that bothered my mum the most was that in the big 50s type dance numbers the dancers weren't in unison, which is really a big part of that type of dance.

It's hard for me to put my finger on why I didn't love this show. It seemed to be lacking something, not sure what specifically, just, I don't know, some zip, some sparkle.

The show was well done, it looked good, it sounded good, it was technically sound, it just wasn't exciting. That of course doesn't mean you won't enjoy it, because I know a couple other people who saw the show and loved it.

Bottom line for me is that I had an enjoyable evening, but there are things I would rather do with $42 - $150 per person.

- White Christmas runs until Saturday January 5 at the Sony Centre for the Arts (1 Front Street East)
- Runs Tuesday to Sunday - Show times vary with matinees on many days and 8pm shows many nights, for more details go to the Sony Centre website
- Ticket prices range from $42 - $150

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