Muny's White Christmas — with Bogardus and Berry — Begins Performances July 24

News   Muny's White Christmas — with Bogardus and Berry — Begins Performances July 24
 
Broadway favorites Stephen Bogardus — of Falsettos fame — and Sarah Uriarte Berry — recently seen in The Light in the Piazza — co-star in the St. Louis Muny's production of White Christmas, based upon the classic Paramount Pictures film.
Stephen Bogardus will spend a White Christmas for the St. Louis Muny production.
Stephen Bogardus will spend a White Christmas for the St. Louis Muny production.

The Muny, which is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre, presents the Irving Berlin musical July 24-30 at 8:15 PM each night.

The cast features Bogardus as Bob Wallace, Berry as Betty Haynes with Shannon M. O'Bryan as Judy Haynes, Dirk Lumbard as Phil Davis, Joneal Joplin as General Henry Waverly, Wesla Whitfield as Martha, Frank Vlastnik as Ralph Sheldrake and Berklea Going as Susan Waverly.

The company also includes Aaron Kaburick as the TV Announcer/Mike Nulty, Cara Kjellman as Rita, Kelly Sheehan as Rhoda, Sara Sheperd as Tessie/Assistant Seamstress, Lisa M. Ramey as the Cigarette Girl at Jimmy's, Joseph Medeiros as Jimmy, Amos Wolff as the Waiter at Jimmy's, Drew Humphrey as the Train Conductor/Bob and Phil's Dance Captain/Dance Captain, James Anthony as Snoring Man/Ezekiel Foster, Laura Ackerman as Mrs. Snoring Man/Sheldrake's Secretary's Voice/Seamstress and Colt Prattes as Regency Room Club Announcer.

Paul Blake directs the Muny production of White Christmas, which features Kelli Barclay's adaptation of Randy Skinner's original choreography. The book was penned by David Ives and Paul Blake.

The creative team comprises Michael Anania (scenic design), David Lander (lighting design), Kansas City Costume (costume design), Michael Horsley (musical direction) and Jason Krueger (sound design). White Christmas, according to press notes, concerns "two singing sisters who find themselves in a snow-less ski lodge in the company of a pair of performing army buddies."

Perhaps best known for his work as Whizzer in William Finn's March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (which were combined to form Broadway's award-winning Falsettos), Stephen Bogardus' other New York theatre credits include King David, The Grapes of Wrath, Les Misérables, West Side Story and the City Center Encores! productions of Allegro and Sweet Adeline. The actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Love! Valour! Compassion!

Sarah Uriarte Berry has appeared on Broadway in The Light in the Piazza, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and Taboo. She also took part in the City Center Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse and Tenderloin. She has toured in productions of Carousel and Sunset Boulevard and was seen in the Kennedy Center mounting of A Little Night Music.

Tickets for the Muny's 2006 summer season are now on sale by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550. For more information visit www.muny.org.

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