About The Best Thing About Christmas
NEW MUSICAL – THE BEST THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS – DEBUTS DECEMBER 10-18
– Nashville-based songwriter Derek Hinckley brings new musical to Salt Lake City-
SALT LAKE CITY – Wide-eyed and full of big dreams, talent, and passion, Derek Hinckley moved to Nashville with dreams of becoming a hit songwriter. Fast forward 13 years and Derek has fulfilled many of his goals, including becoming a prolific songwriter and performer in a band with his brothers – The Hinckley Brothers. But beginning in 2018, Hinckley decided to pursue another dream: writing and staging a full-fledged musical production. Hinckley has partnered with talented Director Dana Durbano Pearson to bring to audiences, for the first time ever, “The Best Thing About Christmas,” on stage at the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville.
The musical premieres Friday, December 10 and runs through Saturday, December 18. The show runs at 7:30 each evening (except Sunday) with a matinee at 4 PM each Saturday of the run. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 1 at myarttix.org.
The story, inspired by many of Hinckley’s personal experiences, features an ensemble cast of 12 performers led by Hinckley starring as “Dylan.” Dylan moves his family to Nashville with dreams of people singing his songs by heart, but life takes a tragic turn one December destroying his love of Christmas. Needing just one hit to pull him from the brink, he decides to write a musical script in a last-ditch effort to save his dreams and matter to someone.
Dylan discovers that his little girl Sadie has an intuitive connection to Heaven and a familiar passion for music just like him. With a wisdom beyond her years, and help from a “special angel”, Dylan re-discovers a love for Christmas and peace concerning the past. With God’s grace, support from an amazing wife and family, and a gritty never give-up attitude, he realizes that his most important dreams are right in his own living room.
“It truly is a dream come true to premiere ‘The Best Thing about Christmas’ for audiences in Utah,” said Hinckley. “We feel the story and songs will resonate with audiences from young to old and help spread a timely message of hope, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas to people everywhere.”