Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is far from sets of snow covered trees and sing along Christmas carols harmonized by young children bundled up in their winter jackets and ski caps. It is instead a comical musical of tap dancing and jazz hands. “White Christmas” is about ex military men turning their energy from war to show biz where they find true love and help their retired general regain his enthusiasm for life. The entire show is upbeat and full of energy. Michael Gruber who plays Bob Wallace does a great job emphasizing the awkwardness of trying to converse with the beautiful Betty Haynes played by Christina Ashford. Carol Swarbrick who plays Martha Watson is a dynamic fireball who steals the show with her showbiz gusto. But the man who kept the audience laughing was Clayton Corzatte who plays the old hired hand, Ezekiel.
With his slow purposeful shuffling and one liners of “yep” he had the audience chuckling throughout the entire performance. The show had entertaining choreography and lively dancing numbers. Although the first act was a little long, the show was worth it and in the end the audience did indeed get a White Christmas with the closing song of “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” and snow flakes falling upon the crowd.