"Christmas of Swing" at the History Theatre
History Theatre revives its popular Andrews Sisters Christmas show.
In 2002, History Theatre launched Sisters of Swing, a musical biography of the Andrews Sisters. In 2005 came the sequel Christmas of Swing, which is being revived this holiday season. Music director Raymond Berg, who has been involved in the franchise from the beginning, says the show “honors a very specific period of American popular music: the height of the Swing era.”
Christmas of Swing brings the Andrews Sisters’ “signature sound and rhythmic jivey style” to traditional carols such as “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night,” as well as recreating the iconic Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters recording of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” But it’s not all Christmas. Set at the height of WWII, the show also includes songs such as Abbott and Costello doing “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning.” “It does a really nice job of using material that doesn’t beat you over the head with the holiday,” Berg says. Nov. 24–Dec. 23. History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, 651-292-4323, historytheatre.com