Once again Victoria Reed, the entertainment director at the National World II Museum, has assembled a holiday show worthy of attendance. "A Swingin' Christmas," her third such completely different Christmas-themed show at the Stage Door Canteen in as many years, could be the most joyful and fun outing for the Victory Belles – Courtney Boe, Cristina Perez and Mandi Ridgdell. This time the Belles are not joined on stage by Santa, but by a bona fide crooner, Ryan Fischer, last seen and gloriously heard in the Frank Sinatra salute, "My Way."
The holiday songs like "We Wish You the Merriest" and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" recall so many of the joyous songs that express wonderment and happiness at the holiday season. There is no book to the show, but it's really not essential to moving the show along. It really is more about the songs, the beautiful harmonies, the dancing and excellent costumes by Reed.
Of course there are lots of other favorites like “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells" sung by the Belles, but hearing Fischer added extra dimension to this show when he channeled Der Bingle in songs like “The Bells of St. Mary’s." There's even a version of the instrumental “Bugler’s Holiday” one has to hear (and see) to believe. Also not to be missed is the rendition of Bing Crosby and Carol Richards' arrangement of "Silver Bells" by Fischer and Perez and Ridgedell's soulful “Go Tell It on the Mountain” with a tinge of gospel.
This is a great holiday show and will positively get everyone into the holiday spirit. However, seats are going fast.
"A Swingin' Christmas" plays on the Stage Door Canteen of the National World War II Museum at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14; Tuesday, December 17-Friday, December 20; Thursday, December 26-Friday, December 27 ($40.00) with an option for brunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. ($55.00). Night shows ($30.00) are at 8:00 p.m. with an option for dinner ($60.00) starting at 6:00 p.m. on December 27-28.