Alhambra White Christmas

Alhambra’s White Christmas

Mr. Booth brought in Jacksonville native and now New York Choreographer James Kinney to create the fabulous dances. Musical Director Michael Ursua certainly had outstanding voices to work with and they performed the Berlin songs to perfection. Berlin’s songs of the original movie are there, including “Sisters” and “Count Your Blessings.” An added Berlin favorite, “Blue Skies,” was sensational, with the vocal by Mr. Raimo, great dancing, and gorgeous costumes by the Costume Crew.

Of course, there was the song “White Christmas” sung by the entire cast and the audience and it was like the icing on the cake!

Rounding out the cast were Megan Sell, Jason Nettle, Katie Hensley, Rachel Schimenti, Mike Kinney, Carey Dresser, Jessica Dillan, David Tanciar, Soontaree Jaisin-Simms, Alex Nordin, Kelly Williams, Alex Jorth, Jennifer Johnston and Jaymeson Mertz.

We recommend early reservations for the next two shows coming to the Alhambra, to avoid being disappointed because they are sold out. Opening on December 28 and the show for the always fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration is Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show featuring many of his most famous numbers. The production will run through February 3.

Apparently there are a lot of “Walton” fans in this area, since tickets for the appearance of Michael Learned in Driving Miss Daisy beginning February 8 are going fast and this could well be another Alhambra blockbuster.

You can see the 2013 schedule at More stars will be appearing in future shows, including Loretta Switt from M*A*S*H and George Wendt (“Norm”) from Cheers . The Alhambra does have season tickets which will give you an entire year of interesting theatre at a discount, along with scrumptious gourmet meals with every show. Call 904-641-1212 for tickets and information.

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.