Plenty of entertainment on tap in The Villages this holiday season

Master Bill Doherty

The holiday season is here and for Maestro Bill Doherty and his singers, that means a musical journey to Broadway.

The concert is called “Broadway Showstoppers” and will take place on Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Savannah Center.
The show’s track listing comes from such classics as: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Cats’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘West Side Story’.

Singers include: Heather Ard, Michelle Struhar, Victoria Sexton, Scotty Thomas and Sam Reynolds. Doherty will accompany them on the piano.

Fans of Irish dance and music will enjoy the “Celtic Angels Christmas” November 27 at 4-7pm at the Savannah Center.

The Celtic Angels arrive at the Savannah Center on November 27
The Celtic Angels arrive at the Savannah Center on November 27.


“A Christmas Carol” will air Nov. 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Savannah.

In other holiday performances, Broadway veteran Alex Santoriello brings a cast of singers from his stage productions for “Carols By Candlelight,” Nov. 30-Dec. 3, at the Savannah Center.
The cast includes Dawn DiNome, Mary Jo Vitale and Clark Barrios. Lee Mueller, Linda Payne, Bobbi Steele-Marotta and Violet Ray will also perform. A donation will be made to the Rotary Club dei Borghi.

Clark Barrios and Mary Jo Vitale will sing Christmas carols at the Savannah Center.

The Villages Pop Chorus holds its annual holiday concert, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” December 5 at 3-6 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church. Both shows are sold out.

John Tesh was known for his broadcasting duties, but the boy can sing and play the piano. He brings a “Jazzy Swingin’ Christmas” on Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Savannah Center.

“A Wonderful Life” is a TV movie staple this time of year, but those who remember the golden days of radio are in for a treat.
“It’s A Wonderful Life, Live From WVLG Radio,” premieres December 8 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Savannah Center. It’s basically a spoken word performance from the classic film, directed by Frank Capra.
Spoiler alert: every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.

“The Wizards of Winter” is a concert for those who like a little rock and roll with their biscuits and eggnog. Arrive at the Savannah Center on December 12 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Performers include members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, Rainbow, Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult.

The Sharon will also feature music with a holiday flavor, including the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, playing its “Holiday Celebration” concerts December 18-19 at 7pm

Tony Violanti covers art and music for Villages-News.com. He has been inducted into the Buffalo NY Music Hall of Fame as a music journalist.

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