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Irving Berlin's White Christmas Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 25



3.5 star rating Anonymous from Dallas, Texas


White Christmas is a true classic and I realized that some things would change in a stage production, but I was disappointed in the ending. Much more effort was put into the first act and the second act was somewhat of a let down. The story was told, but not always in the right order. Some characters were added and I didn't feel they were necessary to the story line. There were some significant changes in how the story was told that took away from the overall premise. The addition of the tap dance numbers were great and they were appropriate. The saga of Phil and Judy and the fake engagement was eliminated. The granddaughter was a nine year old child and not a teenager. The biggest disappointment to me was the scene with the general near the end. Very little was made of the efforts of the all the men to come to Vermont at Christmas to honor their former general. This is the most poignant scene in the movie and it was not given any precedence in the production at all.

3.0 star rating Catherine from Washington, District of Columbia


I love the movie with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. I watch it a number of times each season. So I was excited to see it was being done at the Kennedy Center. After having just seen the performance I am watching the movie again. The actors did a great job (especially the little girl) but why did the writers change SO much. They took out some of the best numbers, revised the ending and changed big things (like Wallace and Davis get on a train - in the movie they are headed to Radio City in NYC from Florida; in the production they are headed to Florida supposedly Wallace accepts it that everyone is over dressed for Florida)! I enjoyed it but would have liked it better if the writers had stayed true to the actual story.

3.0 star rating Kim Benson from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


The performers are great. Problem is the script is wrong--used wrong names, incorrect story line-- if you are going to do a play about a movie, then get the story line correct. Use the music/songs from the movie, too.

3.0 star rating Mrs. Smith from Durham, North Carolina


I've seen a lot of shows on Broadway in NYC. I've seen lot of shows in my small town local theater as well. This was around $85 and I've seen much better productions in my home town for under $15. The iconic song "Sisters" was performed almost entirely in unison. I expected lead actresses to be able to harmonize their parts true to the way the song was written at minimum. The supporting cast performed better than the lead characters vocally and danced much better too. Lorna Luft saved the show with her outstanding performance as the concierge, Martha Watson. The set was minimalistic. The actress playing Betty kept doing a weird thing with the volume and projection of her voice during her solo that just sounded odd and served no purpose. Vocally that made absolutely no sense. Judy was plain, flat, boring. Her costumes were drab and her presence was nothing special. I expected Judy to be the star. The DPAC was very nice, though!

2.0 star rating Anonymous from Tulsa, Oklahoma


Saw this in Tulsa 11/16/13. Although the dancing, music, and singing were good,(not exceptional, but good)the play was awful. You can't take a classic like White Christmas and change it-ruins the whole thing. If I hadn't have paid so much for the tickets, I would have left. To many changes were made: grand daughter a lot younger and she starts reading the letter to her grandfather, and then she also wants to get into the show (like Lucy in "I love Lucy), instead of "Snow" being sung by the 4 main character's, it was sung by strangers, General gets a second letter saying he is accepted back into the military, the end, where they come out and all sing White Christmas-not much time was spent on this scene and not even sure White Christmas was sung in full-costumes were not good either. These are just a few of the changes and disappointments of the show. Really upset that we paid so much money for a lousy show.

2.0 star rating Linda from St. Louis


I just saw the musical in St. Louis. I agree with the other reviews, too many changes. If you are interested in seeing White Christmas, rent the movie. The story does not follow the movie, too many changes to list. But must frustrating was the musical did not include all of the songs from the movie, and worst, they added at least 4 that were from other movies. AND what in the world was up with the Farmer who was on stage almost more than the leads. Don't waste you time or money!

2.0 star rating B Peterson from Atlanta, Georgia


The production of White Christmas was extremely disappointing. I love attending the theater and I consider it a privilege. However the sets, acting, dancing and music was not to the calliber that I would have expected for this production at the Fox.


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