Who knew that Christmas elves were such good dancers, that Mrs. Claus goes by Mrs. Santa while Santa’s away and carries on with those elves, or that Christmas music lends itself well to a samba rhythm and beach theme? These are a few things that came to light during Seattle Men’s Chorus’ opening night of Baby, It’s Cold Outside, this year’s festive, holiday extravaganza.
Seattle Men’s Chorus’ w/ Ana Gasteyer & Captain Smartypants – photo by Conrado Tapado
Seattle Men’s Chorus warmed up the rainy and cold Friday evening with humor, beautiful choral vocals and a full band including organ, guitar, drums, and xylophone. The show, performed in two acts, emphasized new takes on classics such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (with drag chanteuse Arnaldo Inocentes singing lead) and “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” One of my favorite songs of the evening was “Silent Night,” which featured the chorus signing with the interpreter, Kevin G. Gallagher. Does it sound strange to say a favorite part was when the choir was silent? Maybe, but you need to see this performance to understand why. It was really moving. For the rest of the show, and without going into too many details as that would spoil some of the surprise, watch for singing cats (credited as Jingle Cats), creative costume changes and again, the dancing elves alone would really be worth the price of the show. Oh, actually the Samoan dancers would be too. The Hanukkah song was inspired as well. But I really don’t want to ruin the show.
Along for this evening and Saturday’s performance was the incredible and multi-talented Ana Gasteyer. I’m embarrassed to say that I only knew Gastayer from a few Saturday Night Live episodes I’ve seen, and had no idea she was such an accomplished vocalist and entertainer. She was hilarious as she talked with the audience about Barbra Streisand’s home decorating book and her own basement while growing up, which she called a cross between CSI and Hoarders. The audience received her very well.
Baby It’s Cold Outside runs through December 22nd, with a wedding to be performed during the December 9th performance. Seattle Men’s Chorus puts on a classy, fun and creative show, combining dance, music and humor perfectly – so go check it out.
Seattle Men’s Chorus’ w/ Ana Gasteyer – photo by Conrado Tapado