Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dreaming of a White Christmas. . .

So, if you're not a fan of White Christmas, you may want to just skip this and I'll forgive you. The musical yesterday at the Denver Center for Performing Arts was wonderful! It was everything I hoped it would be. I went with the expectation that it would be different from the movie, maybe some new songs and a slightly different story line. I was just so looking forward to listening to the songs and hearing the music in "real life." It was just that, and the story line was really sweet, the songs were wonderful and the cast did a superb job singing and dancing. Some of the characters had bigger parts than in the movie. For instance the housekeeper was a main character with singing and dancing parts, both of which she performed beautifully. As for the songs, Sisters was performed by first the female leads and was just like the movie, and then by the male leads and they were a hoot. The song Snow, which is performed by the main characters in the movie, was performed by the chorus and it had me wanting to sing along. The woman who played Rosemary Clooney's part did a wonderful rendition of Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me and wore a black sequined gown that was to die for, with elbow length gloves, just like Rosemary Clooney wore. I was delighted to see the satin red gowns, trimmed with white fur in the final number. The cast was all in red, with white, fur trimmed hats, and the back of the stage opened up to a scene of snow -- just like in the movie. For the finale, it "snowed" in the theatre, and the audience was asked to sing along to the final number, White Christmas. Honestly, I had tears in my eyes. I'm just that way. As a whole, the costuming wasn't quite as glamorous as in the movie. I don't think anything can top the glamour of the studios back then. And while the dancing was wonderful, the show didn't have the benefit of the large sets that the movie had or the incredible talent of Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. I wonder if that kind of talent even exists anymore. I wasn't disappointed, but rather I think I will be in awe all over again of the original stars and their dancing, when I watch the DVD -- which I will do very soon! As we drove to dinner after the show, we listened to the CD (yes, I bought a CD), and the song The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing played. I thought, what a shame for the generations that didn't get to experience the romance in dancing , but instead were duped into the rock-n-roll style of the 50s and 60s. Call me old-fashioned, but there's nothing like dancing with a handsome guy who knows how to lead! I'm lucky to have married such a guy:)
All in all, it was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Time to bring out the holly and deck the halls!

11 comments:

Jen said...

I'm glad you had a good time..and yes what a wonderful evening to come home and feel like Christmas.....

Lynne said...

I love the movie and I've heard that the stage show was good. Glad you enjoyed it! We've watched the movie a few times already - and I'm ready to watch it again.

Becky said...

That sounds like the best way to kick off the holidays. I am so glad it did not disappoint.

kim said...

Oh! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I had tears in my eyes when that snow scene opened up and boy--the snow falling on the audience really brought the tears! I never thought about buying a cd of the movie--hmmm...amazon.com here I come! :)
Dreaming of snow here in rainy ole Seattle---
Kim

Tristi Pinkston said...

I love this movie with all my heart and watch it every year as part of my Christmas celebration. There's just nothing like it.

Robin said...

I LOVE that movie! In fact, my daughter and I watched it Saturday night!
How fun to go to the play - I would love that! Thanks for sharing your experience.

BClark said...

I love the old movies, such glamour! I envy you the experience and wonderful memories.
Good for you and that super husband.

Barbara

gail@more than a song said...

Oh how FUN! The girls in our family LOVE that movie and you're so right about nothing topping the glamour from back then. I loved your descriptions, sounds like a wonderful stage show to see!

Christie Belle said...

Aww it sounds like it was so much fun! I saw the movie years ago, and enjoyed it...not sure why I haven't seen it again. I love shows like this, I know I'd love going to something like that...especially when it's about Christmas!

Happy decorating!

IRENE said...

I hate it when people mess with the classics. They do that with musicals, they even do so with Ancient Greek palywrites. Why don't they create something of their own?
I absolutely love that performance as you described it. I have just acquired a lovely CD from The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It has a selection of songs from the "golden yars" of fashion , 40s-'50s (There is an exhibition on this subject matter).
Lovely songs (I'll have to post about that!).
Keep enjoying the dance!

Judy said...

Oh, that sounds SO wonderful!

I plan to watch our DVD of White Christmas, soon. I also love Holiday Inn.

Vera-Ellen is the closest I've seen to a real live Barbie doll.