Gruber, Ward, MacInnis and Kelly Will Have a White Christmas at TUTS

By Adam Hetrick
17 Nov 2008

Michael Gruber, Beverly Ward, John MacInnis and Tari Kelly will be the singing foursome in Houston's Theatre of the Stars production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas.



Inspired by the popular 1954 film of the same title, Irving Berlin's White Christmas will feature Gruber as Bob Wallace, Ward as Betty Haynes, MacInnis as Phil Davis and Kelly as Judy Haynes.

Jamie Rocco will both direct and choreograph the stage production that runs Dec. 4-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

White Christmas will also feature 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 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.