An American Century Christmas: Nostalgic Salute to Holiday Traditions
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The last date listed for An American Century Christmas was Sunday January 4, 2009 / 2:30pm.
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Renowned song and dance man Danny Kaye's work spanned film, television, stage and music until his death in 1987. Now, as part of a nationwide tour, Brian Childers brings the great entertainer back to life in An Evening with Danny Kaye. This tribute to one of Broadway and Hollywood's greatest showmen is a treat for those who already love Kaye's work, as well as those who are "meeting" him for the first time. Childers has performed in numerous version of the story of Danny Kaye, including in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story, which was first performed at TACT and won him the Helen Hayes Award and the Mary Goldwater Award. Learn More
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Although I saw the show after Christmas, it was still an enjoyable pastiche of entertainment traditions, most of which I knew but some I did not. The cast was talented, although a few lines were obviously flubbed. At times, they winningly recreated the fake camaraderie of the old TV specials, where stars with nothing in common had to fake being close to each other. The show might have benefitted from being shorter, especially the second act. The "Ahmal and the Night Visitors" and the O. Henry excerpts slowed the evening down and wouldn't be missed, but otherwise the skits and songs were entertaining.
I even won a Tootsie Pop during one of the trivia Q&A moments!
American Century Theater audiences are getting a special gift this holiday season: An American Century Christmas, a new musical special full of old classics, Christmas chestnuts, memories, laughs, tears and Christmas spirit. A reflection on how America celebrated Christmas between 1900 and 2000, An American Century Christmas contains selections from over 70 songs, including salutes to Gene Autry, romantic Christmas standards, animated Christmas specials, classic Christmas movies, and more, all presented in the format of the TV Christmas variety show specials that used to be staples of the family holiday experience.
Where else can you get O. Henry, Scrooge, George Bailey, Rudolf and “Santa Baby” in one show, along with mistletoe and “carols ‘round the tree”? If you think you’ll need a boost this year to get in the Christmas spirit, Theatre Two at the Gunston Arts Center is the place to go.