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White Christmas is a musical based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film of the same name.
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." Nevertheless, the show 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).
The musical, titled Irving Berlin's White Christmas, premiered in St. Louis in 2000 at The Muny, after which it opened in San Francisco in 2004. It has since played in various venues in the US and Canada, such as Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Detroit, Denver, St. Paul, and Louisville.
UK tour (2006–2011)
The musical toured over the Christmas seasons of 2006–07 (to Plymouth and Southampton) and 2007–08 (to Edinburgh and Cardiff). The cast for the tour included Craig McLachlan as Bob, Tim Flavin as Phil, Rachel as Betty, Emma Kate Nelson as Judy, Ken Kercheval as The General and Lorna Luft as Martha. 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 played from November 2010 until January 2011 at the Sunderland Empire Theatre, starring Tom Chambers, Cooper, Stanley, Louise Bowden, Ken Kercheval and Kerry Washington. All of the UK tours featured the original choreography of Randy Skinner.
Broadway 2008–09 and U.S. 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 Skinner. The cast featured Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O'Malley, Jeffry Denman, Meredith Patterson, Susan Mansur and Charles Dean, all of whom had performed in regional productions.
The musical returned to 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 Mara Davi as Judy , Melissa Errico as Betty Tony Yazbeck as Phil, David Ogden Stiers as General Waverly and Ruth Williamson as Martha. This production also had a U.S. national tour, starting in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 1, 2009 and ending in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 5, 2010.
2009 Australia production
The musical was staged anew by MLOC Productions Inc at the Phoenix Theatre in Elwood, Victoria. The production was directed by Judy Sullivan, with choreography was by Merilyn Young. The cast featured Peter Phillips as Bob, John Davidson as Phil, Rowena Brown as Betty, and Kate Knight as Judy. It started its run on 6 November 2009, running through 14 November, and had a second run from 18 to 20 December.
2014 West End production
The musical played the Dominion Theatre in a limited engagement and starred Aled Jones, Tom Chambers, Rachel Stanley, Louise Bowden, and Wendi Peters. Randy Skinner's original Broadway choreography was re-created for the West End production.
2012–2018 U.S. tours
The 2012 White Christmas tour, directed by Norb Joerder and choreographed by Skinner, opened on November 11, 2012 and closed on January 6, 2013 after a month-long run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The cast included James Clow, Stefanie Morse, David Elder, Mara Davi, Ruth Williamson, Joseph Costa, Cliff Bemis, Shannon Harrington, Tony Lawson, Andie Mechanic, and Kilty Reidy. Another tour the following year, also directed by Joerder and choreographed by Skinner, opened on November 2, 2013 and closed on December 29, 2013. The cast featured Clow, Trista Moldovan, David Elder, Patterson, Williamson, Costa, Bemis, Cory Bretsch, Harrington, Lawson, and Grace Matwijec. Another U.S tour over the Christmas season of 2014–2015, started in previews on November 11, 2014 running through January 4, 2015. The production was directed and choreographed by Skinner. The cast featured Jeremy Benton, Clow, Kaitlyn Davidson, Moldovan, Bemis, Danny Gardner, Pamela Myers, Ryan Reilly, Conrad John Schuck, Elizabeth Crawford and Ava Della Pietra.
From 2016 to 2018, another U.S. tour was directed and choreographed by Skinner. The same actors completed the cast each year, with exception of the role of Susan, with Sean Montgomery as Bob, Benton as Phil, Kerry Conte as Betty, Kelly Sheehan as Judy, Conrad John Schuck as General Waverly, Karen Ziemba as Martha, Brad Frenette as Ralph, Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Mike, and Bemis as Ezekiel. Susan was played in 2016 by Clancy Penny and Samantha Penny, in 2017 by Bella Yantist, and in 2018 by Emma Grace Berardelli and Kyla Carter. In 2016 Luft played Martha.
2019 West End production
After a tryout in 2018–2019 at Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK, a 2019 West End revival opens at the Dominion Theatre in London for a limited engagement at the end of 2019. It features new choreography by Stephen Mear and stars Nikolai Foster with Danny Mac as Bob and Dan Burton as Phil.
"Overture" - Orchestra
"Prologue: Happy Holidays / White Christmas (Pre-Reprise)" - Bob, Phil, Ralph Sheldrake and Ensemble
"Happy Holidays / Let Yourself Go" - Bob, Phil and Ensemble
"Love and the Weather" - Bob and Betty Haynes
"Sisters" - Betty and Judy Haynes
"The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" - Phil, Judy and Quintet Member
"Snow" - Bob, Phil, Betty, Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Snoring Man and Ensemble
"What Can You Do With a General?" ... Martha Watson, Bob and Phil
"Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" - Martha and Ensemble
"Count Your Blessings" - Bob and Betty
"Blue Skies" - Bob and Ensemble
"I Love a Piano" - Phil, Judy and Ensemble
"Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun" - Martha, Betty and Judy
"Sisters (Reprise)" - Bob and Phil
"Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me / How Deep Is the Ocean" - Betty and Bob
"We'll Follow the Old Man (Pre-Reprise)" - Bob and Male Ensemble
"Let Me Sing and I'm Happy (Reprise)" - Susan Waverly
"How Deep Is the Ocean (Reprise)" - Bob and Betty
"We'll Follow the Old Man" - Bob, Phil, Ralph and Male Ensemble
"White Christmas" - Bob and Company
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" - Full Company (Post - Curtain Call)
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White Christmas (2004-xx-US Tour)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : InconnuDernière : InconnuMise en scène : Chorégraphie : Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
White Christmas (2006-xx-UK Tour)Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : InconnuDernière : InconnuMise en scène : Chorégraphie : Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
White Christmas (2008-11-Marquis Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Marquis Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 12 previews - 53 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 14 novembre 2008Première : dimanche 23 novembre 2008Dernière : dimanche 04 janvier 2009Mise en scène : Walter Bobbie • Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner • Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
White Christmas (2009-11-Marquis Theatre-Broadway) RepriseType de série: Revival
Théâtre: Marquis Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 13 previews - 51 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 13 novembre 2009Première : dimanche 22 novembre 2009Dernière : dimanche 03 janvier 2010Mise en scène : Walter Bobbie • Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner • Avec : En savoir plus sur cette version
White Christmas (2014-11-Dominion Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Dominion Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 08 novembre 2014Première : mercredi 12 novembre 2014Dernière : samedi 03 janvier 2015Mise en scène : Morgan Young • Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner • Avec : ) Aled Jones (Bob Wallace), Tom Chambers (Phil Davis), Wendi Peters (Martha), Graham Cole (General Waverley), Rachel Stanley (Betty Haynes), Louise Bowden (Judy Haynes), Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull, Jonathan Halliwell, Vikki-Marie Ryan, Lucinda Lawrence, Karen Aspinall, Emma Caffrey, Hayley Reed, Helen Patching, Vicki Davids, Jennifer Davison, Grace Holdstock, Ross McLaren, Joshua Lay, Matt Cheney, Jonny Labey, Anthony Whiteman, Eddie Myles, Stuart Winter, Matt Clark and Gary Murphy. Amy Snudden, Emily Robins, Sophia Pettet and Tatum Confrey will alternate the role of SusanEn savoir plus sur cette version
White Christmas (2019-11-Dominion Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Dominion Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 16 novembre 2019Première : lundi 25 novembre 2019Dernière : samedi 04 janvier 2020Mise en scène : Nikolai Foster • Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear • Avec : Danny Mac (Bob Wallace), Dan Burton (Phil Davis), Michael Brandon (General Henry Waverly), Brenda Edwards (Martha Watson), Danielle Hope (Betty Haynes), Clare Halse (Judy Haynes), Stephane Anelli, Delycia Belgrave, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Jordan Crouch, Aimee Hodnett, Michael Lin, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Oliver Ramsdale, Erin Rushidi, Kayleigh Thadani, Sion Tudor Owen, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Sasha Walters, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Jack Wilcox, Anna Woodside, Freya Yates.En savoir plus sur cette version
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