THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights of Paper Mill Playhouse's White Christmas (Video)
By Michael Gioia
The Paper Mill Playhouse, which recently staged the Broadway-bound production of Newsies, celebrates the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which officially opened in New Jersey Nov. 20, following previews that began Nov. 16.
The limited engagement, directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Randy Skinner, continues through Dec. 24.
White Christmas features a cast that includes James Clow (Bob Wallace), Tony Yazbeck (Phil Davis), Jill Paice (Betty Haynes), Meredith Patterson (Judy Haynes), Edward James Hyland (General Waverly) and Lorna Luft (Martha Watson) with Peter Reardon (Ralph Sheldrake), Anthony Reimer (Mike Nulty), Cliff Bemis (Ezekiel) and Andie Mechanic (Susan Waverly).
The ensemble includes Jacob ben Widmar, Laurie DiFilippo, Beth Glover, Luke Hawkins, Leeds Hill, Drew Humphrey, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Samantha Kelleher, Megan Kelley, Kristie Kerwin, Matthew J. Kilgore, Drew King, Pilar Millhollen, Beth Johnson Nicely, Kristyn Pope, Sara Michelle Reardon, Kelly Skidmore, Lauren Elaine Taylor and Anna Aimee White.
Here's how Paper Mill bills the production: "Based on the beloved Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, this merry musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and end up finding love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe. With laughter, crazy plot turns, Broadway-size production numbers and the unforgettable music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a brightly wrapped holiday gift."
To watch highlights from the production, look below:
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