Yuletide Meets Broadway

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A chorus line of dancing santas is just the tip of the iceberg at this holiday show. Photo by Mutz Photography

If you’re ready to take your very merry holidays up a notch, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic has just the thing.

The Christmas Show, running at the Civic Center Music Hall through Dec. 2, brings Christmas to life with its Broadway-style revue.

Elizabeth Stanley (from the Great White Way’s On the Town and The Bridges of Madison County) headlines the show alongside the talented Philharmonic Pops Chorale and the ubiquitous Santa Claus. Also featured is a sacred music interlude, which “brings the meaning of the season full circle,” says Susan Webb, marketing director.

Webb says, for all involved at the Philharmonic, that setting up for the show each year is almost as fun as performing it.

“We at the OKC Phil enjoy the preparation for The Christmas Show, as it kicks off the season with beautiful music set in a magical theatrical experience that includes twinkling lights, beautiful costumes, excellent singers and dancers and adorable children,” she says. “Joel Levine [music director], the musicians and staff feel like Christmas elves, bringing the most magical experience possible to our community.”

The show shines in its assortment of performances – from fully staged and choreographed dance numbers and highly skilled singing to unique renditions of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It’s a brilliant way to kick off the season with a bang – and many families have attended for years.

“My favorite part is watching the audience grow and bring their families, from grandmother and father to grown children and even school-age children, year after year,” Webb says. “It has become the ‘not to miss’ Christmas experience over the past 26 years. The momentum is fantastic, and it keeps growing more every year.”

Visit okcphil.org for tickets and more information.

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