BY GEORGE J. DACRE
PHOTO BY JOHN VECCHIOLLA
Given the show’s title it’s not a surprise that a lot of spirited Christmas music is included in the holiday-themed “Christmas Inn” playing now at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford.
The story centers around a duo of entertainers who once formed a single act but who have an acrimonious falling out just as they are ready to arrive at a quaint inn they regularly entertain every Christmas. The inn is unfortunately slated to be sold off and replaced by a condominium complex.
Jayson Elliot and Kilty Reidy play the characters of Buddy and Bill Brewer, with the show’s first number looking back on their Irish heritage with “Christmas in Killarney,” a song set in 1882 Ireland. The next scene shifts to the present at the inn located in Sharon, Connecticut.
Buddy and and Bill are at odds as they battle and the cast brings on many Christmas songs to try to ease the tension between the two men who once were a show biz pairing. Songs such as “We Need A Little Christmas,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” “O Christmas Tree,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and many more delighted the audience.
A very talented cast backs up Buddy and Bill in this musical, which is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. It’s the 199th show at WBT by producers William Stutler and Bob Funking.
The families of the two men work hard at trying to ease the tension. Will there be a happy Christmas ending?
The show features an old fashioned Sing-A-Long with full audience participation. I rate “Christmas Inn” Three out of Four Stars.