Dennis & Nan Allen - Bethlehem AD

Monday 1st December 1997
Dennis & Nan Allen - Bethlehem AD

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 3 3 3

Reviewed by James Stewart

Dubbed "A dramatic Christmas musical for youth" and with a focal point that "Features upbeat SAB arrangements and clever dialogue youth will love," I was dubious even before I put this CD into the player. What we're presented with is a translation of the Christmas story into modern day America, with dialogue between Mary, Joseph and some friends as well as some songs which can only be described as bland. The idea of translating Bible stories into modern times isn't exactly novel and to do anything worthwhile with the idea takes a lot of inspiration, which doesn't appear to be present here. The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling and doesn't really seem to go anywhere and the age group it appears to be targeted at probably wouldn't appreciate it. There may be some use for it in younger groups wanting a quick musical to put on for the church nativity but it doesn't seem terribly well worked through.

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Reader Comments

Posted by justin mason in paducah KY @ 01:51 on Oct 8 2008

I have been looking for Bethlehem AD drama as well.. does anyone know where to find it??

Posted by Carrie Hodges in Knoxville, TN @ 14:22 on Oct 30 2006

We are doing the musical right now and we love it! Its so fun and it puts the Christmas story in our time. The music is so awesome and the scripts are so funny. Whoever wrote it did a great job!


Reply by Devin in Milan Tn @ 20:26 on Jan 4 2008

Hi I have been looking extensively for Bethlehem AD for our church drama team. Do you know where I can find a copy??

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