"Williams returns to the stage, as dapper as ever, with an encore, ‘When a Child is Born’, introduced in an unexpected and more serious vein, alluding to our troubled planet. His message is timely and, like the man himself, sincere in its intent."
Four Stars ★ ★ ★ ★
Williams, of course, is right at home in the midst of the American Songbook, his smooth vocals not exactly replicating Sinatra’s unique sound and delivery, but rather evoking it. He packed a powerful punch in classics like The Lady is a Tramp and Strangers in the Night, but also showed a more delicate side and some excellent storytelling, with the little-known A Garden In the Rain an unexpected delight.
Five Stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The jolliest sleigh ride in town".
It’s no wonder, really, why Christmas shows by the likeable, Grimsby-born Williams sell out. This one, at nearly two hours long, with two sets’ worth of seasonable songs, carols and not-so-wild cards including lush renditions of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend, felt faultless.