There's a brand new Christmas musical in town, and it's coming to ABC Family.
Jumping on the Glee, The Sing-off and Smash bandwagons, Disney has made their very own slightly grown-up Christmas musical. It's full of Broadway theatrics (like Smash) and close harmonies with a glee club feel (like Glee and The Sing-off). Instead of endless seasons, full of pointless drama just to keep the story (or the contest) going, The Mistle-Tones is just a one-time thing. (Unless you count the music re-airings the network has planned.)
The Mistle-Tones is everything you'd expect from a Disney/ABC Family musical. Tia Mowry plays Holly, a gifted singer who wants to try out for her town's prestigious choir that her mother had founded years earlier. When the only available spot goes to the less-than-talented best friend of leader, Marci (Tori Spelling), Holly sets out for (musical) revenge. With a little help from her friends and co-workers, Holly creates her very own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. Annoyed but confident in herself and her group, Holly challenges the other group to a sing-off on Christmas Eve.
The movie follows Holly from auditioning to practicing with her new group to the night of the performance. That means lots and lots of Christmas music, as each group tries to tackle another Christmas standard. Like in all Christmas movies, along the way, Holly discovers the true meaning of Christmas... and manages to find true love.
Sounds like a decent Christmas present. But, will she win the Christmas Eve sing-off?
Surprisingly enough, both Spelling and Mowry appear to have decent singing voices. While their performances are often cheesy and gimmicky, their voices are great. Mowry seems to have the advantage, but only because the rest of her group is much better than Spelling's.
The original made-for-television movie, The Mistle-Tones premieres on ABC Family on Sunday, December 9 at 8/9c as part of ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas.
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