CHRISTMAS MY WAY – A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH! (EL PORTAL): 84% – SWEET

Luca Ellis in “Christmas My Way – A Sinatra Holiday Bash!” at the El Portal Theatre. Credit: Ed Krieger.

SWEET
No finer Christmas present will come your way than Christmas My Way now onstage at the El Portal in NoHo through December 31. Written by David Grapes and Todd Olson who gave us My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the show is a delicious combo of Christmas and nonholiday standards made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Don Grigware – Grigware Reviews

SWEET
I had a Christmas ball at this Sinatra Holiday Bash. You will too!
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

BITTER
I felt so sorry for these talented folk on stage, especially when they gathered around that bar to imbibe colored water. It’s a shame that they got the writer and director they got, and couldn’t slug back real cocktails to deaden the pain.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
For those in the mood for an uplifting and consummately performed musical evening, this is a Christmas show that will likely be one that goes your way.
Les Spindle – EdgeLosAngeles

SWEET
The text relied a little too much on corny jokes and worn out routines as they tried to recapture the “Rat Pack” style. Nevertheless the show is a must see this Christmas.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings

BITTERSWEET
I am not certain whether they wrote a script per se, but the jokes fall short and would be best left out of the show. Although the show doesn’t flow well, the music and the performers are excellent. The second act comes off better than Act I.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings

SWEET
This playfully fun-loving and classy musical “peek” into the life and music of “old blue eyes,” is a swingin’ and sassy treat from start to finish!
Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times

SWEET
All in all, Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash possesses more depth, humor and sensitivity than many musicals and plays not simply because of its subject, but for those who created and performed it, who are inspired, interlocked and re-invented through it.
Radomir Luza – North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

SWEET
The book is mostly a collection of bad jokes (“What did Santa Claus say to the three blondes? Ho ho ho!”). But there’s a generous helping of Sinatra standards, including “Come Fly with Me,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “My Way.” In addition to zingy ensemble numbers, each performer gets a solo chance to shine.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

SWEET
Anyone who thinks the cabaret-style revue is dead needs to fly down to the El Portal. Because it’s not dead, baby, it’s been waiting for these cats.
Jack – Cahuenga Confidential

CHRISTMAS MY WAY – A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH
The El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Through December 31, 2012
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00. Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00. Sundays at 3:00
Special New Year’s Eve Performances December 31 at 4:00 & 9:00
Tickets: (818) 508-4200

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  1. Steven Stanley says:

    Poor Tony, forced once again to suffer through another night of abominable L.A. theater. Chicago and New York are calling.