Dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’

Every December, I try to see at least one “Christmassy” show. Often, it’s an adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’; I have a soft spot for Charles Dickens’ classic novel and the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. This year, however, a new opportunity came my way: a stage production of ‘White Christmas’.

I love the film – who doesn’t? – and have a big soft spot for both Michael Brandon and Brenda Edwards, so this show was always going to be a winner for me. Yes, the plot is paper-thin and yes, ‘White Christmas’ stands head and shoulders above the rest of the soundtrack – but the excellent choreography, glamorous costumes and the warmth & exuberance expressed by the cast elevate this West End production into something special.

Danny Mac, Danielle Hope, Dan Burton and Clare Halse prove just as engaging as Brandon and Edwards; indeed, the entire cast look as though they’re having the time of their lives. As did the audience: looking around me, I could see tiny tots through to the very elderly singing along as if their lives depended upon it. This is a real crowd-pleaser.

The show is funny, as befits a Christmas musical, but has a sadness at its core: the opening scenes remind us of the sacrifices made by so many during World War II – and how their repercussions continued to be felt in the following decades.

It’s Christmas-time, however, which means that we’re allowed to be joyful. Seventy years after Michael Curtiz’s ‘White Christmas’ film was released, we’re still dreaming of that elusive snow…something I suspect will never change. It’s not looking likely that our dream will come true this year; not in London, at any rate – but inside the Dominion Theatre snow did actually fall, as the cast performed Irving Berlin’s nostalgia-laden classic at the end of this glorious show.

And yes, we did all cry.

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
.

11 comments

    • Thanks so much, Alyson. I very much enjoy reading your posts, too: I’ve found that one of the greatest joys of blogging is talking to, and sharing experiences with, my fellow bloggers. Happy New Year – and here’s to a great 2020. P.S. Speaking from painful experience, I’ve found that it’s never a good idea to discuss Brexit at family gatherings!

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      • Ha ha, re the B word – Yes I discovered that the hard way last year! We met up with a long lost cousin yesterday which was lovely but made sure we avoided the politics all together.

        As for the interaction between bloggers, it is a real joy and I’ve made lots of good virtual friends since setting up my one 4 years ago. Happy New Year to you too for when it comes.

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  1. We walked past the theatre where this was being shown and I asked my son would he like to see it but unfortunately he wasn’t keen! It sounds lovely though. We did see Book of Mormon which was excellent but this would have been perfect for some Christmas spirit!

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