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Decking the (Music) Hall

Decking the (Music) Hall
December 2015
The Charleston Christmas Special turns 20

“We get to continually reimagine Christmas,” says Brad Moranz of himself and wife Jennifer—the directors and choreographers behind The Charleston Christmas Special, celebrating its 20th year at the Charleston Music Hall this month. Former Broadway performers, Brad and Jennifer moved to Charleston in 1995 to be in the musical’s first season. They never dreamed that three years later, they would take the reins completely and would recreate the show in its entirety each year to come. The Moranzs present the finished product to nearly 10,000 people annually throughout December. Incorporating classic and contemporary tunes, a chorus line, a live band, and humorous skits, the show features professional singers, dancers, and musicians from around the country. New to this year’s lineup is Rodney Archie, a principal soloist for the Harlem Gospel Choir. “He’s one of the most soulful, inspirational, amazing singers I’ve ever heard,” says Brad, who has been looking to add Archie to the production for years. “To see how much the show lifts the audience’s spirits is incredible,” he notes. “We do it to entertain, to make people happy.”

Join the fun: The Charleston Christmas Special runs December 5-20 at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Find tickets ($36-$33; $19 student; $16 child under 13) and details at