White Christmas Will Open on Broadway Nov. 23; Pre-Sale Begins Aug. 20

News   White Christmas Will Open on Broadway Nov. 23; Pre-Sale Begins Aug. 20
 
Irving Berlin's White Christmas will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre Nov. 23, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the producers announced on Aug. 19.
A scene from White Christmas.
A scene from White Christmas. Photo by David Allen Studio

Tickets will go on sale exclusively to American Express card members starting Aug. 20 through Sept. 17 (visit broadway.yahoo.com). Tickets will go sale to the general public on Sept. 21.

The musical comedy confection based on the Paramount film of the same name has played acclaimed engagements in San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Toronto, Los Angeles and St. Paul. As previously announced, previews for the Broadway debut of the splashy Walter Bobbie-directed production begin Nov. 14. Performances will play (sometimes nine times a week) through Jan. 4, 2009.

Casting information will be announced shortly. The company is expected to be drawn partly from past troupes that have appeared in the show regionally.

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.

According to producers, "Every holiday season, audiences of all ages enjoy the uplifting story of [the movie] 'White Christmas.' Now, a new generation will be able to experience this holiday tradition in a completely new way — live on stage. With the Broadway arrival of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the show is poised to become New York's newest holiday tradition." The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates — a sister act, no less — in the bargain.

White Christmas has a book by David Ives (Is He Dead?) and Paul Blake, choreography by Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street), set design 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 (The Drowsy Chaperone), vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac, music supervision by Rob Berman, and casting by Jay Binder C.S.A.

The show's song list includes classics by composer-lyricist Berlin: "Count Your Blessings," "I Love a Piano," "Sisters," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the title song.

Beginning Sept. 21, tickets prices will be $66.50, $91.50 and $121.50 (including $1.50 facility fee), and are available through Ticketmaster by calling (212) 307-4100, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Marquis Theatre box office (1535 Broadway).

For group sales details and pricing call The Group Sales Box Office at (800) 223-7565 or visit www.bestofbroadway.com.

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Beginning Nov. 14, the show will play the following unique performance schedule per week:

Week of Nov. 10
Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Nov. 17
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Sunday evening at 6 PM (Opening Night), Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Nov. 24
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Weeks of Dec. 1 and Dec. 8
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Dec. 15
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Dec. 22
Monday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Dark on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Week of Dec. 29
Monday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM, DARK - New Year's Eve & Day Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, 2009. Final performance: Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.

For more information visit www.whitechristmasthemusical.com.

A scene from <i>White Christmas</i>.
A scene from White Christmas. Photo by David Allen Studio
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