Fresh Producers Will Send White Christmas on Tour; Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa Among Stops

News   Fresh Producers Will Send White Christmas on Tour; Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa Among Stops
 
Theater of the Stars in Atlanta has secured the rights to produce a national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas for the next five years, beginning this fall.

TOTS reached an agreement with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for the rights to produce the family-friendly show that has played to packed houses in markets around the country, including on Broadway.

This all-new production will launch at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Nov. 2. Christopher B. Manos is producer of Theater of the Stars.

Walter Bobbie directed and Randy Skinner choreographed the Broadway production, which first premiered in San Francisco and other regional markets. (Kevin McCollum, The Producing Office and other partners produced that flashy staging, but are not sending a production out on tour this year.)

Tony Award nominee Skinner (42nd Street, Ain't Broadway Grand) remains attached for the new independently produced TOTS tour, which will be directed by Norb Joerder, known for the national tour and Broadway run of Camelot starring Robert Goulet.

The White Christmas tour schedule for the 2010 holiday season is as follows:

  • Atlanta, The Fox Theatre, Nov. 2-7
  • Greenville, SC, The Peace Center, Nov. 9–14
  • Hartford, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Nov. 16-21
  • Schenectady, NY, Proctors Theatre, Nov. 22-28
  • Tampa, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Nov. 30-Dec. 5
  • Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Dec. 7-12
  • Chicago, Bank of America Theatre, Dec. 15-Jan. 2 The tour's creative team includes Kenneth Foy (scenic designer), Ken Billington (lighting designer), Peter Fitzgerald (sound designer), Erich Bechtel (sound designer).

    White Christmas, based on the 1954 movie musical of the same name, has a libretto by Paul Blake and David Ives, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.

    The plot concerns war-veteran showmen who stage a revue in honor of their retired commanding officer. Along the way, the song-and-dance men fall in love with a sister act. The score includes the songs "Count Your Blessings," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," "Let Yourself Go," "How Deep Is the Ocean?" and more.

    No casting has been announced. Bookings for future holiday seasons are available through The Booking Group.

    To learn more about TOTS, visit www.theaterofthestars.com.

  •  The cast of White Christmas
    The cast of White Christmas
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