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White Christmas (musical)

White Christmas is a musical based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 lm of the same name. The libretto is by
David Ives and Paul Blake, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The original production starred Brian D'Arcy
James, Anastasia Barzee, Meredith Patterson, and Jery
Denman.

Australian/Victorian Premiere 2009 performance

The musical toured the United Kingdom over the Christmas seasons of 2006-07 (Plymouth and Southampton)
and 2007-08 (Edinburgh and Cardi). The cast for the
tour included Craig McLachlan as Bob Wallace, Tim
Flavin as Phil Davis, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes,
Emma Kate Nelson as Judy Haynes, Ken Kercheval as
The General and Lorna Luft as Martha.[8] The same
production reappeared at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth
in November 2009, before transferring to The Lowry,
Manchester for Christmas and into early 2010. Aled
Jones, Suzanne Shaw, Adam Cooper, Louise Plowright,
Rachel Stanley and Roy Dotrice starred. The same production will play from November 2010 until January
2011 at the Sunderland Empire Theatre. Tom Chambers, Adam Cooper, Rachel Stanley, Louise Bowden,
Ken Kercheval and Kerry Washington currently star in
the show.

The musical returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, in a limited engagement running from November
13, 2009 (previews) through January 3, 2010. Bobbie
and Skinner again directed and choreographed. The cast
featured James Clow as Bob Wallace, Mara Davi as Judy
Haynes, Melissa Errico as Betty Haynes, Tony Yazbeck
as Phil, David Ogden Stiers as General Henry Waverly
and Ruth Williamson as Martha Watson.[13] This production will also have a U.S. national tour, starting in Omaha,
Nebraska on November 1, 2009 and ending in Kansas
City, Missouri (January 5, 2010).[14][15]

The Musical was performed by MLOC Productions Inc


(www.mloc.org.au), at the Phoenix Theatre in Elwood,
Victoria. An all new restaging, Directed by Judy Sullivan
and Musical Direction by Geo Earle (assisted by Jack
Earle) with Choreography by Merilyn Young. The Cast
will feature Peter Phillips as Bob Wallace, cabaret per1 Production history
former John Davidson as Phil Davis, Rowena Brown as
Betty Haynes and Kate Knight as Judy Haynes. FeaturRegional productions
ing Simon Fitzgerald as General Waverly, Sally Fleming
as Martha Watson, Olivia Seerup as Susan Waverly and
The musical, titled Irving Berlins White Christmas pre- David Higgins as Ralph Sheldrake. Its due to start its run
miered in San Francisco in 2004[1] and has played in on the 6th of November till the 14th and a second season
various venues in the US and Canada, such as Boston, from the 18th till the 20th of December.[12]
Bualo, Los Angeles, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver,
Detroit, Denver, and Louisville.[2][3][4][5][6][7]
2009 Broadway Revival
UK tour (20062011)

2 Critical response and awards


Critics of the Broadway production were unimpressed,
including Charles Isherwood of The New York Times
who wrote that the show was as fresh and appealing as
a roll of Necco wafers found in a mothballed Christmas
stocking.[16] Nevertheless, it received two 2009 Tony
Award nominations for Best Choreography (Randy Skinner) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Blank). It also received 2009 Drama Desk Award nominations for Walter
Bobbie, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding
Choreography, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (Anna Louizos), Outstanding Costume Design (Carrie Robbins), and Outstanding
Sound Design (Acme Sound Partners).[17]

Broadway 2008-09 and US tour


White Christmas played a limited engagement on
Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, which started in previews on November 14, 2008 running through January 4,
2009, for 53 performances and 12 previews. The production was directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed
by Randy Skinner. The cast featured Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O'Malley, Jery Denman, Meredith Patterson, Susan Mansur and Charles Dean, all of whom had
performed in regional productions.[9][10][11]
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EXTERNAL LINKS

Song list

[11] Hernandez, Ernio. Photo Call: Snow Falls on Broadway


in White Christmas, playbill.com, November 21, 2008

Principal roles and Broadway


original cast

[12] Irving Berlins White Christmas - MLOC Stage


Production-Victorian Premiere mloc.org.au

Bob Wallace Stephen Bogardus (Role originated


in world premiere by Brian d'Arcy James)
Phil Davis Jery Denman
Betty Haynes Kerry O'Malley (Role originated in
world premiere by Anastasia Barzee)
Judy Haynes Meredith Patterson
Ezekiel Foster/Mr. Snoring Man/Quintet Member
Cli Bemis
Mike Nulty/Ed Sullivan Announcer/Regency Room
Announcer Sheeld Chastain
General Henry Waverly Charles Dean
Susan Waverly Melody Hollis

[13] Jones, Kenneth. Williamson, Ogden Stiers, Errico,


Yazbeck Will Be Merry and Bright in Broadways White
Christmas, playbill.com, September 29, 2009
[14] BWW News Desk. Irving Berlins White Christmas Returns to Broadway, Previews Begin at The Marquis Theatre, broadwayworld.com, accessed September 30, 2009
[15] Ocial site, whitechristmasthemusical.com, accessed
September 30, 2009
[16] Just Like the Ones You Used to Know: Song, Dance and
Fluy White Endings
[17] Gans, Andrew.Drama Desk Nominees Announced; 9 to 5
Garners Record-Breaking 15 Noms, April 27, 2009

6 External links

Martha Watson Susan Mansur

White Christmas on the Internet Broadway


Database

Ralph Sheldrake Peter Reardon

New York Times review


Original Cast Album on Sh-K-Boom Records

References

[1] Jones, Kenneth.Merry and Bright? Producers Hope


White Christmas Will Play Broadway This Year, playbill.com, June 25, 2008
[2] Jones, Kenneth.White Christmas Will Make Broadway
Debut in November, Playing to Early 2009 playbill.com
August 4, 2008
[3] Review of San Francisco production talkingbroadway.com November 14, 2004
[4] Byrne, Terry. Review of Boston production The Boston
Globe November 30, 2007
[5] Snow in L.A.! Irving Berlins White Christmas Begins
Nov. 22 in City of Angels playbill.com November 22,
2005
[6] Berlin musical comes to life 'White Christmas stays true
to form Louisville Courier-Journal, November 15, 2008
[7] theatrelouisville.org
[8] thisistheatre listing thisistheatre.com
[9] Jones, Kenneth. Broadways White Christmas Will
Star Bogardus, O'Malley, Denman and Patterson, playbill.com, September 3, 2008
[10] Hernandez, Ernio. Photo Call: White Christmas Comes
to Times Square, playbill.com, October 7, 2008

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