The show is structured as a 1940s war time radio broadcast, before the movie White Christmas came out in 1954. An announcer, played by Eric Morris, introduces Bing and periodically interrupts the show with radio ads for things like cheese and deodorant. Bing sings all of our old Christmas favorites (from "Adeste Fideles to "White Christmas") as well as some less familiar tunes. Ryan has transformed his usual singing voice into one almost uncannily similar to Bing's, with that warm rich familiar tone. He also captures Bing's easy going conegenial personality that perhaps is what made him so beloved.
|the cast of Holidays with Bing (photo courtesy of Old Log)
Bing and friends are backed by an on stage three-piece band (I'm assuming culled from Gentleman's Guide as well), bringing that swinging jazzy mid-century sound. They're surrounded by Christmas trees and large wrapped boxes, dressed in festive evening wear, creating a charming picture under Gentleman's Guide's proscenium arch.
One show remains on Sunday the 29th, followed by two New Year's Eve dinner-and-a-show performances at Cast and Cru. And if you haven't seen Old Log's fabulous regional premiere of the Tony winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder yet, make sure to get out to Excelsior before it closes on February 15. Excelsior is lovely this time of year, with all that snow, and you can make an evening of it by dining at Cast and Cru (in the same building as the theater) or any of the delicious restaurants in downtown Excelsior a few miles away.