Nothing puts people in the holiday spirit quite like Christmas music, a fact Theatre Raleigh seems to know well. Thankfully, it has come up with the perfect way to make even the most Scrooge-like person feel like spreading some holiday cheer: a musical evening of song and dance titled Oh What a (Holy) Night! This fun, concert-style show, with energized direction by Charlie Brady and perfectly-matched choreography by Lauren Kennedy Brady, features a whole host of Christmas tunes and a lively, talented cast performing each one to perfection.
The set, designed beautifully by Chris Bernier, is appropriately-equipped with a stocking-clad fireplace, a glistening tree, lights, and even a menorah. This serves as the perfect backdrop for the diverse cast, made up of six multi-talented performers, who offer non-stop entertainment for a full, breathless 85 minutes.
The fun begins when a lively rendition of “What Christmas Means to Me” interrupts a dull “Carol of the Bells,” setting the spunky, fun tone for the evening. And, as one song flows seamlessly into the next, it’s impossible not to have a blast, especially with the younger viewers in the audience happily ringing bells at will.
Great moments include the funny choreography for “Jingle Bells,” which features the performers pretending to bounce along in a (one horse open) sleigh; a gender-bending “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” that’s more charming and less creepy than the original version; Destiny Diamond’s lovely performance of “White Christmas;” and Cassidy Hamilton’s hilariously bratty performance of “Rich, Famous, and Powerful,” which adds a nice change of pace to the evening. And, speaking of changing the pace, there’s even a Hanukkah song included so that everyone feels welcome. And, everyone definitely will thanks to the warm intimacy of the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and the obvious love and heart that went into this special show.
SECOND OPINION: Dec. 21st Raleigh, NC Triangle Review review by Melanie Simmons: https://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2019/12/theatre-raleighs-oh-what-a-holy-night-is-a-delectable-christmas-confection/ and Dec. 20th review by Robert O’Connell: https://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2019/12/theatre-raleighs-oh-what-a-holy-night-is-a-breezy-christmas-concert/.
Theatre Raleigh presents OH WHAT A (HOLY) NIGHT! at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 3 .m. Dec. 22 in the Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theatre in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.
TICKETS: $35 ($32.50 for students, senior, and active-duty military personnel).
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Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click https://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.triangleartsreview.com/, http://www.susiepotter.com, and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.
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