The breakout performance of the night belonged to Kathryn Langham as Martha Watson. Kathryn is perfect for the role of the sarcastic, busybody housekeeper with the biting tongue and sharp wit. Her comedic timing and delivery are impeccable and her singing voice is like that of a young Ethel Merman. I thoroughly enjoyed her numbers, especially “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” which is one of my favorite Irving Berlin tunes.
I also have to commend musical director Stephanie Gaumer and choreographer Scott Sisbarro, who both did a fine job in getting these modern teens to adopt the singing and dancing style of the 1940’s and 1950’s. I especially liked the song “Snow,” which featured the entire ensemble singing. The partnership styles of the Haynes Sisters in the song “Sisters” and Bob and Phil singing and dancing to “Happy Holidays/Let Yourself Go” and their reprise of “Sisters” were also highly entertaining.
Of course the signature song is “White Christmas” which is delivered with the same moving punch as in the movie. The audience is even asked to join in the song as “snow” falls in the theater. It is a heartwarming ending to a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas only runs until Sunday, December 13, so you’ll have to get your tickets fast. Hopefully, this will become a yearly event for Playhouse patrons. To get your tickets, visit the Playhouse on the Green website or call the box office at 866-811-4111.