Canada: The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, ON
So when I say that the newest production of the "Schooner" at the reborn Mercury Theater, where it is staged by director (and theater owner) L. Walter Stearns and lightly choreographed by Brenda Didier, is by far the best sung of that dozen I've seen, that's pretty much the whole deal. It's no coincidence.
You may well have seen "Schooner" before, but you won't have heard it sung (or seen it acted) at this level.
And the overall atmosphere could not be more welcoming to all comers.
L. Walter Stearns, the artistic director of the Mercury Theater, has given the musical new life in a production that pleases in every way.
Stearns, who put Porchlight Music Theatre on the map before moving to the Mercury, has infused "The Christmas Schooner" with a new vitality.
And the size of the Mercury stage allows for an opened-up set that makes the show seem bigger yet more intimate.
With this heartwarming production, "The Christmas Schooner" rejoins the ranks of holiday favorites. It's good to have it back.
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