The Charleston Christmas Special was highlighted in the cover story of the Dec. 8 issue of Charleston Scene published by The Post and Courier.
Adam Parker wrote:
It’s the 20th year of the Charleston Christmas Special, presented by Brad and Jennifer Moranz, a musical revue chock full of popular tunes and staged shenanigans.
A mainstay of the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John St., the Christmas Special runs Dec. 8-23 and features professional musicians, four adult and three child dancers, plus two 15-year-old singers — Kindred Moore and Jenna Flaherty — with the pipes of someone twice their age.
“Imagine that you have Sandi Patty’s ‘Amazing Grace’ with Travis Tritt’s ‘Loving Time of the Year’ with Pentatonix’s ‘Santa Claus in Coming to Town’ with Brian Setzer’s ‘Yabba Dabba Yuletide,’ ” Brad Moranz said. “It’s all over the map, and that’s what’s so fun about the show. It accosts you from so many musical directions that you’re constantly surprised at what you’re going to hear.”
Something new this year is musical director James Davis Jr. Based in New York City, Davis signed on recently after the departure of his predecessor. A Mississippi native and graduate of Morehouse College, Davis has supervised musical productions at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Apollo Theater.