Irving Berlin's White Christmas | PrivateBank Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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Irving Berlin's White Christmas 

When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 2 2011
Price: $25-$98
Yes, Michael Curtiz's 1954 movie musical was silly, sentimental, and contrived. But it had four crucial things this touring stage version doesn't: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. With blandly competent journeymen attempting to fill those stars' enormous tap shoes, the tale of stage folk finding love in Vermont is nothing but a silly, sentimental contrivance. Even Irving Berlin standards like "I Love a Piano" and "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" come off poorly here, demonstrating that Berlin could be as much a cobbler as a composer. The overwhelming tedium is compounded by annoyance at the tinny, too-loud miking. --Tony Adler

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