Snow Comes Early This Year: White Christmas Recording Will Be in Stores Oct. 17

News   Snow Comes Early This Year: White Christmas Recording Will Be in Stores Oct. 17
Ghostlight Records' recording of the new stage musical sensation Irving Berlin's White Christmas will be released Oct. 17.

The stage production of the beloved 1954 film made its debut in 2004 in San Francisco, winning solid reviews and encouraging subsequent holiday-time commercial sitdowns in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco (its second staging) in 2005. This season, the show emerges in St. Paul and Detroit, produced commercially, at major tour houses there — the Fox and the Ordway, respectively. The property is available for licensing at resident theatres, as well.

The musical and the CD feature songwriter Berlin's classic "Blue Skies," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Sisters," "I Love a Piano" and the famed title tune, among many other songs.

The disc represents the only version of the White Christmas score currently in stores. (The soundtrack to the 1954 film source is not on CD.)

The recording features Broadway's Anastasia Barzee as Betty Haynes, Tony Award-nominee Brian d’Arcy James as Bob Wallace, Jeffry Denman as Phil Davis, Karen Morrow as Martha Watson and Meredith Patterson as Judy Haynes.

The album is produced for records by Joel Moss, conducted by Rob Berman and executive produced by Ted Chapin, Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch. Track listing will be Overture, "Happy Holiday," "Happy Holiday"/"Let Yourself Go," "Love and the Weather," "Sisters," "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," "Snow," "What Can You Do With A General?," "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep," "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," "Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun," "Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me"/"How Deep Is The Ocean," "How Deep Is The Ocean (Reprise)," "The Old Man," "White Christmas," "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm."

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The stage version of Irving Berlin's White Christmas is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago), features a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, is choreographed by Randy Skinner (42nd Street), has set design by Anna Louizos (Avenue Q), costumes by Carrie Robbins (A Class Act), lighting design by Ken Billington (Annie), sound design by Acme Sound Partners (The Boy From Oz), orchestrations by Larry Blank, vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac, music direction by Rob Berman, and casting by Jay Binder C.S.A.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas is produced by The Producing Office, Paul Blake, Dan Markley, and Sonny Everett in association with Paramount Pictures. Music and lyrics are by Irving Berlin. The stage production is based on the Paramount Pictures film, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank.

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