A Harmony Boys Christmas

musicals and operas · go theatrics · Ages 18+ · United States of America

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Review by DAWN HALLORAN

June 09, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

The biting satirical humor, the solid vocals, the adorable Harmonettes, the brilliant use of real songs with the right amount of sarcasm.

What I didn't like

My overall impression

It’s 1962 and all of America is white and middle class. You remember, the way we saw it through TV and radio? Think Andy Williams and Perry Como. But as the Harmony Boys so hilariously showcase, behind the fake trees and hired Santas was the misogyny, racism and homophobia that is currently Making America Great Again. The boys miss no opportunity to skewer the ridiculously close-to-the-surface messages in legit Christmas tunes like Christmas Cracker and Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney (featuring the delightfully vapid Harmonettes) while showcasing the broader hypocrisy of American Christian values by hosting their mock charity fundraiser, Harmony Boys Force Feed The World (“give us your 2 cents”, which several typically uninformed callers do) at the Rabbi Josef Goldstein and Erma Silverman Goldstein Memorial Auxiliary Ballroom.

The boys miss no target as they sling political satire at today’s painfully easy targets but wrap them in well-executed 60s-style male quartet vocals accompanied by a tight quintet, the lovely Harmonettes and your evening’s host, their manager, Morty Saperstein. Billy Harmony’s perfect family even makes an appearance to give the evening just a little more twist.

Enjoy an evening with the Harmony Boys if you want to spend and hour working out all of your frustrations at the dystopian world we live in, by belly laughing at the hypocritical roots that brought us here.

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