Walnut Street's White Christmas Will Star Coon, Elder, Reiber and Sonon

News   Walnut Street's White Christmas Will Star Coon, Elder, Reiber and Sonon
Jeffrey Coon, David Elder, Julie Reiber and Vanessa Sonon will share the holidays in the Walnut Street Theatre production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which will blanket Philadelphia in snow this November.

Julie Reiber
Julie Reiber

Marc Robin, who serves as the artistic director of Lancaster, PA's Fulton Opera House, will direct and choreograph the classic that will begin performances Nov. 9, open Nov. 17 and run through Jan. 9, 2011.

Coon will star as Bob Wallace, with Elder as Phil Davis. Elder is reprising the role he performed in the 2009 national tour of the musical. The Haynes Sisters will be played by Reiber (Betty) and Sonon (Judy).

The cast will also feature Philadelphia theatre veterans Ben Dibble (Ralph Sheldrake), Paul Nolan (Gen. Waverly), Fran Prisco (Ezekiel Foster), Rebecca Robbins (Tessie), Alene Robertson (Martha Watson), Megan Schmidt (Rita) and Marcus Stevens (Mike Nulty).

The White Christmas ensemble will include Maggie Anderson, Jamison Foreman, Stanley Martin, Buddy Reeder and Kerri Rose. Ensemble newcomers include Meghan Garstang, Chris Klink, Colleen Kreisel and David C. Strobbe. Brigid Harrington and Eloise Sharkey will alternate as Susan Waverly.

The design team comprises Robert Andrew Kovach (scenic designer), Paul Black (lighting designer), Colleen Grady (costume designer) and Ray Nardelli (sound designer). 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.

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 also played Broadway engagements in recent seasons.

For tickets and information, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.

Maggie Anderson, David Elder, Jeffrey Coon and Kerri Rose
Maggie Anderson, David Elder, Jeffrey Coon and Kerri Rose Photo by Mark Garvin
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