Are you in danger of having a “blue” Christmas? Has the Grinch stolen your holiday cheer? Did your Grandma get run over by a reindeer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a festive review coming to the Broward Center that is guaranteed to solve all of your holiday woes.
“Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular” features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take audiences on an unforgettable nostalgic journey on Sunday, Dec. 22 in Au-Rene Theater.
Cast member Ryan Stutz said, “It’s all about Christmas cheer and spirit, first and foremost. We are singing and dancing a lot of Christmas classics and some new ones, and I think it will get anyone in the holiday spirit.”
Stutz, an openly gay singer originally from Indiana, said the musical review offers a hit parade of holiday favorites, including “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Let it Snow,” “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Deck The Halls,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “O Holy Night,” and many more.
“Everywhere we go, we’re hearing Christmas songs and I was wondering if I would get tapped out,” he said. “It’s a testament to the audiences, seeing the smiling faces puts me in the best mood. I genuinely love the music…and I love the holiday season. People are more mindful and kind to others. I can say that I have not been ‘Christmassed’ out.”
The production opens with a medley of Christmas carols, but soon audiences are transported to Santa’s workshop on the North Pole.
“You can’t have Christmas without Santa Claus. You get to meet his elves and see what he’s up to before he brings the toys to the little girls and boys,” Stutz said.
The cast of 19 includes high-kicking dancers, singers and even a gospel choir. After just two weeks of rehearsal (“We knew most of the songs,” Stutz pointed out), the company hit the road earlier this fall, visiting cities in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey, before concluding the tour in sunny South Florida.
All along the way, they have been accompanied by unusually cold and snowy weather.
“We’re actually excited to be headed to Fort Lauderdale. We’re in Warren, Ohio right now and when we came out of the theater, it was snowing,” Stutz said. “It was magical, but a little warm weather will be appreciated.”
The young singer, a veteran of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines productions, has spent some time in Broward County before and looks forward to the warm welcome.
“Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular” will be presented at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35 at BrowardCenter.org.