O'Malley, Patterson, Denman, d'Arcy James and Will Celebrate Boston White Christmas

News   O'Malley, Patterson, Denman, d'Arcy James and Will Celebrate Boston White Christmas
Brian d'Arcy James and Jeffry Denman will play the wartime buddies and post-war showbiz stars who fall for a sister act — and cheer up their old commanding officer — in the 2007 Boston engagement of Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov. 23-Dec. 23.

Joining the men at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre will be Kerry O'Malley as Betty Haynes and Meredith Patterson as Judy Haynes. James, Denman and Patterson all appeared in the 2004 world premiere of this new stage version of the 1954 movie.

O'Malley appeared in the previous Boston engagement in 2005.

Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the show was first tested in San Francisco and then blossomed in Bobbie-directed franchises in Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, St. Paul and Toronto. Bobbie and Skinner are helming stagings in Toronto and Boston this year. There are also independent productions around the country.

Press night is scheduled for Nov. 28.

According to production notes, "In its Boston debut in 2005, Irving Berlin's White Christmas played to sold-out houses, embraced by audiences as a new holiday tradition. …The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain." The score includes such Irving Berlin classics as "Count Your Blessings," "I Love a Piano," "Sisters," "How Deep is the Ocean" and more.

Charles Dean will play the role of General Waverly, which he originated in the San Francisco production.

The role of the General's granddaughter, Susan Waverly, will be played by nine year-old Melody Hollis, who played the role in the original St. Paul cast.

Susan Mansur will play the role of Martha Watson, which she previously played in San Francisco.

Other Beantown cast members include Jacob ben Widmar, Randy Bobish, Colin Bradbury, Scott Brateng, Melinda Cowan, Erin Crouch, Margot de La Barre, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Lois Enders, Meg Guzulescu, Chad Harlow, Luke Hawkins, Michael Thomas Holmes, Drew Humphrey, Wendy James, Cara Kjellman, Todd Lattimore, Richie Mastascusa, Emily Morgan, Richard Pruitt, Lisa Ramey, Kiira Schmidt, Matt Schneider, Kelly Sheehan and Melissa WolfKlain.

The show's libretto is by David Ives and Paul Blake. The creative team includes Tiny Award-nominated set designer Anna Louizos; costume designer Carrie Robbins; lighting designer Ken Billington; sound designer Acme Sound Partners; orchestrator Larry Blank; vocal and (additional) arranger Bruce Pomahac; and music supervisor Rob Berman.

White Christmas is co-produced by the Citi Performing Arts Center and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN — it plays alternate years at Citi Performing Arts Center and the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Irving Berlin's White Christmas is produced by Kevin McCollum, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markley and Sonny Everett in association with Paramount Pictures.

The stage production is based on the Paramount Pictures film, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

For tickets or more information visit www.citicenter.org, call (800) 447-7400 or visit www.whitechristmasthemusical.com.

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