Bobbie & Co. Reunite for 2007 Boston Run of White Christmas

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas will return to Boston in 2007 in the same Walter Bobbie-directed production that charmed audiences there in 2005.

Performances will play the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Nov. 23-Dec. 23. Opening is Nov. 28.

In its Boston debut in 2005, the Broadway-style staging — created by Broadway producers, stars and a creative team — played to sold-out houses and met with solid reviews. This production is co-produced by the Citi Performing Arts Center and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN (where the show played in 2006). Irving Berlin's White Christmas plays alternate years at The Wang Theatre and the Ordway Center.

No casting has been announced for the musical that tells the story of "two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain."

Based on the 1954 film of the same name, the script is by Paul Blake and David Ives, the songs are by Berlin and the tap-happy choreography is by Randy Skinner, who, with Bobbie and his creative team, conjured this new version of the property in 2004. It premiered in San Francisco and has since blossomed as a first-class, Bobbie-directed franchise that has also played Detroit, Los Angeles and St. Paul. Bobbie will also direct a 2007 Toronto run featuring Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat.

White Christmas' script and score have been licensed (by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) to resident theatre companies as well, and has been seen in markets throughout the nation. Set design is by 2007 Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos (Avenue Q, High Fidelity, Curtains), costumes are by Carrie Robbins (A Class Act), lighting design is by Ken Billington (The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie), sound design is by Acme Sound Partners (Spamalot, A Chorus Line), orchestrations are by Larry Blank, vocal and additional arrangements are by Bruce Pomahac, music direction is by Rob Berman, and casting is by Jay Binder C.S.A.

The score includes "Count Your Blessings," "Sisters," "How Deep Is the Ocean" and the classic title song.

The 2007 Boston and Toronto stagings of Irving Berlin's White Christmas are produced by Kevin McCollum, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markely and Sonny Everett in association with Paramount Pictures. The Paramount Pictures film was written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

Tickets for the Boston engagement of White Christmas are on sale exclusively to club members and groups at this time; individual tickets for the general public will go on sale at a later date.

Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more by calling Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116.

White Christmas is an exclusive attraction of The Club at Citi Performing Arts Center. Club members can purchase tickets by calling (877) 232-8898, online at www.citicenter.org/club or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, 10 AM–6 PM.

For more information, visit www.whitechristmasthemusical.com.

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Citi Performing Arts Center, formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, includes both the Wang Theatre and the Shubert Theatre.

For further information, visit www.citicenter.org.

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