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CPT's magical ‘White Christmas’ adds performances
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Dec 14, 2013 | 3521 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Phil Davis (played by Jeremy Egan) and Betty Haynes (played by Madison Hanson) perform their routine to “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.”  Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Phil Davis (played by Jeremy Egan) and Betty Haynes (played by Madison Hanson) perform their routine to “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.” Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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CENTERVILLE - Song and dance fans, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre has your Christmas present waiting. 

Its latest musical, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” running now through Dec. 23, is a warm, delightful holiday romp with jaw-dropping singing and dancing. Based on the classic Bing Crosby movie, the excellent cast and crew combine to offer a show with all the pleasures of the best classic Hollywood musicals. 

Due to its popularity, the show has added 11 a.m. matinees on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, along with a 4 p.m. matinee on Dec. 23. 

For those who haven’t seen the movie, “White Christmas” follows two war buddies who go on to become famous Broadway and TV stars. Add two sisters, a switched train, and a lack of snow, and the duo end up in Vermont putting on a big variety show to help their old general keep his lodge open for the holidays.  

The main cast has big shoes to fill, but they do a magnificent job. In the opening night cast, Ben Lowell and Jeremy Egan play off of each other beautifully as the song-and-dance duo Wallace and Davis. Both have great, warm voices, and Egan’s easy charm matches up well with Lowell’s slightly more wry sense of responsibility. 

The voices of the female leads are even more fantastic. Natalie Barnes and Madison Hanson have knockout voices, with Hanson’s giving me shivers during her solo numbers. My companion for the evening, a big fan of the original movie, said that the duo’s “Sisters” number was as good as the one performed by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. 

It’s the dancing, though, that really blew me away. Choreographer Kelley Richardson and the dance team outdo themselves on several of the group numbers, particularly an enormously complicated, show-stopping tap sequence during “I Love A Piano.” Earlier in the show, Egan and Barnes also have a gorgeous dance duo that would have done Danny Kaye himself proud. 

Together, everyone does an exemplary job at re-introducing a Christmas classic to a new generation. It’s a great way for everyone to ring in the season. 

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