This past Friday, December 15, I went to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio to see the 98 Degrees at Christmas show with my mom and sister. The last time I saw 98 Degrees live was in 2001, so it was such a great opportunity to see them again. This time around, instead of a stadium, the concert was more of a holiday show that took place where I usually go and see musicals. While being near the top, I still had a really good view of the stage. One of the reasons that I was excited to see 98 Degrees live again is because they are from Cincinnati, Ohio, and you have to celebrate your own, right? Then I also knew they were going to be playing a lot of Christmas music, and that was equally as exciting!98 Degrees at Christmas: A Review on the Holiday Show #Cincinnati #98degrees Click To Tweet
To be honest, I actually thought the whole show was going to be Christmas music, and that was mostly true, but they also mixed in some of their classic hits. I loved the mix, especially since I got to hear “The Hardest Part” which is a favorite of mine by 98 Degrees. They also sang some holiday classics that I adore like “Mary Did You Know” and an amusing rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” All four members of 98 Degrees (Nick, Drew, Jeff, and Justin) come from theatrical backgrounds and this came out in full force during “Mr. Grinch.” It was such a fun moment.
The show is broken up into two parts – with one 15 minute intermission – and each of the guys got a chance to talk to the audience throughout the show. It was fun to hear some personal/professional stories intermixed with the songs/performances. And it was a performance! There was some great dancing – especially from Drew Lachey! Man, that man can move – and even a moment where four women were brought on stage and serenaded by each guy in the group.
I have to say that one of the highlights was probably the Frozen moments. It starts with Jeff and Justin and Jeff talks about how those two used to be roommates and they’d do everything together – but now that they are on tour, Justin no longer talks to Jeff. So that leads to Jeff reaching out with, “Do you want to build a snowman?” It was all sorts of hilarious -and Jeff has a great voice for this song! After this brief “skit” if you will, they guys all come together to sing “Let It Go” and that ends with Drew jumping into the arms of the other three guys and singing “the cold never bothered me anyway.” Just try and picture that – it was great!
All in all, it was such a fun night! I do think the audience treated it a bit too much like a regular concert, and not as much like the holiday show it was, so I could have used less of the shrieking (and the ladies behind me who talked way too much during the actual show), but despite that, definitely worth seeing! There are still a few more dates on the tour, which you can find on the band’s website (as well as information on their latest Christmas album).