Snow in the Forecast: White Christmas Will Return to Broadway

News   Snow in the Forecast: White Christmas Will Return to Broadway The Tony Award-nominated musical comedy Irving Berlin's White Christmas will return to Broadway for a second consecutive season on Nov. 13 at the Marquis Theatre, the same venue where snow fell last year.

The producers of the Walter Bobbie-directed musical — which boasts Tony-nominated choreography (by Randy Skinner) and orchestrations (by Larry Blank) — announced that 61 performances will play through Jan. 3, 2010. Some of the weeks will include more than the traditional eight performances a week to accommodate expected holiday demand for the family-friendly show inspired by the 1954 film of the same name.

Casting and schedule information will be announced shortly.

Audiences can again expect more than 40 performers and more than 25 musicians, creating a big, old-fashioned Broadway experience.

Single tickets will go on sale Sept. 12 and will be available by calling Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929 and (212) 307-4100 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For group sales details and pricing call The Group Sales Box Office at (800) 223-7565 or visit www.bestofbroadway.com.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas is produced by Kevin McCollum, John Gore, Tom McGrath, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markley, Sonny Everett and Broadway Across America in association with Paramount Pictures.  

Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson on Broadway in 2008.
photo by Joan Marcus

"The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain," according to the producers. "Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family."

The score includes a bounty of composer-lyricist Berlin's classic songs, including "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean?," "I Love a Piano," "Blue Skies" and the title song, among others.

This production first surfaced in San Francisco in 2004 and was cloned to play multiple sitdowns 2005-08 in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Boston, St. Paul and elsewhere. In addition to mounting the separate Broadway production this fall, the producers dropped the long-run sitdown idea and opted for a national tour to seven cities.

(For information about the tour to Omaha, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, East Lansing, MI, St. Louis, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas City, visit www.whitechristmathemusical.com.)

Bobbie is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee (Chicago, Footloose, A Grand Night for Singing). The book is by David Ives (Mark Twain's Is He Dead?) and Paul Blake (who runs the Muny in St. Louis) with choreography by three-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, 42nd Street, Ain't Broadway Grand). Musical supervisor is Rob Berman.

Set design is by Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos (In the Heights, Avenue Q), costumes by Tony Award nominee Carrie Robbins (Grease!, Over Here), lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington (Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie), sound design by Tony Award nominee Acme Sound Partners (In the Heights, Spamalot), orchestrations by Tony Award nominee Larry Blank (Irving Berlin's White Christmas and The Drowsy Chaperone), vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac and music supervision by Rob Berman.

The stage production is based on the Paramount Pictures film, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

For more information visit www.whitechristmasbroadway.com.

(front) Kerry O'Malley, Stephen Bogardus, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson
(front) Kerry O'Malley, Stephen Bogardus, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson