Snow Tune: Irving Berlin's White Christmas Begins Houston Run Dec. 4

News   Snow Tune: Irving Berlin's White Christmas Begins Houston Run Dec. 4 The Theater Under the Stars production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, featuring Michael Gruber, Beverly Ward, John MacInnis and Tari Kelly, begins Houston performances Dec. 4.

Jamie Rocco directs and choreographs the production inspired by the popular 1954 film of the same title. Performances will continue through Dec. 21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The holiday classic stars Gruber as Bob Wallace, Ward as Betty Haynes, MacInnis as Phil Davis and Kelly as Judy Haynes. White Christmas also features Carol Swarbrick (Martha Watson), Michael Tapley (Ralph Sheldrake), Jay Tribble (Ezekiel) and Kevin Cooney (General Waverly).

The ensemble comprises Katie Lee Allen, Brad Bass, Mallory Bechtel, Staci Bonura, Marnie Buckner, Sarah Burkett, Chris Canal, Kari Lee Cartwright, Marybelle Chaney, Laura Duggan, Tim Falter, Danny Gardner, Gabby Gillespie, Tyce Green, Storey Hinojosa, Richard Keck, Robin Levine, Rachael Logue, Mark X. Laskowski, Brent McBeth, Jayme McDaniel, Krissy Richmond, Jim Shaffer, Trina Simon, Chris Tipps, Tony Vierling, Molly Marie Walsh and Zephyrus White.

White Christmas includes the Berlin songs "Snow," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," "Count Your Blessings" and the title song. The musical follows two army veterans turned vaudevillian hoofers who team with a pair of songbird sisters to save a Vermont inn run by a retired army general.

Designing the resident Houston production are Tony-nominated designers Anna Louizos (set) and Carrie Robbins (costumes), both of whom designed the current Broadway production of the holiday musical at the Marquis Theatre. The 2004 stage adaptation – with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake – premiered in San Francisco. With direction by Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner, the premiere spawned several sit-down productions across the U.S. and began its Broadway premiere Nov. 14 at the Marquis.

For tickets phone (888) 558-3882 or visit www.TUTS.org.