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The Plugged In Show, Episode 207: ‘Journey to Bethlehem.’ Plus, a Holiday Video Game Guide


The real King Herod didn’t necessarily sing about how great being a king was. His soldiers probably marched more than they danced. But in Director Adam Anders’ take on the Nativity, the Holy Land takes on a Broadway-like sheen.

Journey to Bethlehem, being released this weekend, feels as if a mad scientist took the original Christmas story from the Bible and somehow smooshed it with a Disney Channel musical. And given that Anders is best known as a music producer for such projects as High School Musical 3, Descendants and GleeJourney to Bethlehem’s musical bent makes sense.

I had a chance to talk with Adam Anders recently, and he proved to be a super-nice guy with some super-interesting things to say. You can check out my interview with him below.

Meanwhile, on The Plugged In Show, we dig into the movie itself—and hopefully give you some direction as to whether it might be a good fit for you and your family.

Then, host Adam Holz talks with Bob Hoose, our own videogame expert (and, I might add, a song-and-dance man himself) about the games that you might want to bring home for the Christmas season—and which ones you might not. That’s right—it’s Plugged In’s very own holiday gaming guide.

Then it’s your turn to sing along with us—metaphorically, of course. Did Journey to Bethlehem get you dancing? Or did it leave you in stunned silence? What did you think of my talk with Adam Anders? And are you planning on putting a video game or two underneath the Christmas tree?

Let us know on Facebook and Instagram. Or send us an email to [email protected]. Or leave us a voicemail on our Plugged In Show homepage. See how easy it is?

And be sure to watch us do our own song and dance (not literally) during our Plugged In Show Aftercast, on Instagram and Facebook this Friday at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. We’ll not only talk a bit more about our show, but we’ll give a preview to the weekend’s biggest movies. We’ll even answer questions right on the spot.

But however much or little time you spend with us, we’re glad you do.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.