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The New York Pops Family Concert: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

It certainly won’t feel like the holidays until you’ve experienced “A Charlie Brown Christmas”! 

Members of the TADA! Youth Theater with narrator John Bolton and music director Steven Reineke with the New York Pops and Essential Voices USA in the Carnegie Hall Family Concert “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Photo credit: Richard Termine)

Dancers from New York Theatre Ballet with  with narrator John Bolton and music director Steven Reineke with the New York Pops and Essential Voices USA in the Carnegie Hall Family Concert “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Photo credit: Richard Termine)

Courtney Marie

Courtney Marie, Critic

It’s Christmas time in the city… and at Carnegie Hall!

The New York Pops with music director Steven Reineke and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute treated New Yorkers and their loved ones to a heartwarming concert of Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas with everyone’s favorite friends – the Peanuts gang! The iconic Carnegie Hall was aglow with anticipation and holiday cheer, as fans young and old gathered together to celebrate the joy of the season.

Choreography by director/choreographer Liza Gennaro, as performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet is sleek and stunning. Dancers succeed at capturing that wholesome and youthful energy reflective of the magic of the season. Legendary actor, John Bolton, served as narrator and was flawless in his delivery as he set the scene for the classic tale. Additionally, Bolton treated the audience to the sound of his lovely voice as he performed favorites such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World.” His exuberance, sophistication and charm provided an extra sparkle that kept audiences not only engaged, but in awe.

Dancer Joshua Andino-Nieto took on the role of Charlie Brown and was joined by Amanda Treibner who starred as Lucy and Michael Wells as Linus. The trio brought the wholesome characters to life as they recreated Charlie Brown’s journey to finding the meaning of Christmas, including the famous scene picking out his sad tree, played by the adorable Finley McElhinney – and made the audience fall in love with these friends all over again! Members of the classic Peanuts gang were voiced by students from TADA! Youth Theater: Samantha Pohly as Lucy, AJ Walker as Charlie Brown, and Michael Sanchez as Linus.

The costume design by Carmina de Dios stayed true to the simple designs that each character is known for – down to the trusty blue blanket that Linus carries with him everywhere. A truly special and delightful gift, A Charlie Brown Christmas brings joy and peace to the heart of even the most jaded New Yorker. It certainly won’t feel like the holidays until you’ve experienced A Charlie Brown Christmas!

A Charlie Brown Christmas (December 20, 2015)

The New York Pops and Carnegie Hall

Weill Music Institute

TADA! Youth Theater

New York Theater Ballet

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave at 57th Street, in Manhattan

For tickets, call 212-247-7800 or visit http://www.carnegiehall.org

Running time:  60 minutes without an intermission

Courtney Marie
About Courtney Marie (45 Articles)
Courtney Marie is a New Jersey native with a tremendous love for the Big Apple. She has a degree in journalism and currently works in media. In addition to devouring all the theater that New York City has to offer, she also takes to the stage with AfterWork Theater Project and is grateful for the chance to perform with friends.

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