The reviews are in...
All of the major leads in this equity tour are first rate including Julia Louise Hosack as Buddy's step-mom, whose amazing alto voice is thrilling to listen to
Hosack's vocal talents are strong but not showcased enough; out of nowhere, she rode notes in the stratosphere in "There Is a Santa Claus," causing the whole audience to cheer
There's a nice stage relationship between Barth and Julia Louise Hosack as his mother, Emily. She knits together loose ends, balances the credible and incredible, and sings like a dream
The show's songs and story are so touching, you'd be worthy of a spell if you weren't moved by the title number (lovingly sung by Julia Louise Hosack, as Mrs. Potts) and the love that conquers all