At heart, I am a Cool-Christmas kind of guy. The second half starts off very cool with that recording of a young Michael Jackson singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Oh yeah!)." Pretty quickly it gets to "I Pray on Christmas," a lovely gospel-inspired song that makes a believer out of me.
The delightful thing about an anthology show is that they can constantly work in new pieces, while keeping most of the old favorites, and the Smuin does this so well with pieces by the company and choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert. I must say though, I miss the supremely silly "Christmas Isalnd" (Bring back the shark!).
A shout out to Chris Hardy for these great photos!