White Christmas Snows Upon San Francisco to New Year's as Musical Extends

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The Irving Berlin movie-turned-stage musical White Christmas, currently playing at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, has extended its run through Jan. 1, 2005, a production spokesperson confirmed.
Brian d'Arcy James in White Christmas
Brian d'Arcy James in White Christmas

Brian d'Arcy James, Anastasia Barzee, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson star in the work which began previews Nov. 3 and opened Nov. 9 for a run originally slated through Dec. 26.

The Producing Office, Paul Blake, Sonny Everett and Dan Markley in association with Paramount Pictures present the stage musical White Christmas directed by Walter Bobbie (Twentieth Century, Chicago).

James (Titanic) and Denman ( The Producers) will fill the roles made famous by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye opposite Barzee (Urinetown) and Patterson (42nd Street) who take on the sister roles played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.

The 1954 film "White Christmas" centers on the story of two former WWII Army vets who team up for a song-and-dance act. The duo soon meet up with a sister song and-dance act and head to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show. The lodge happens to be owned by the boys' former general.

The cast will also feature Charles Dean (as General Waverly), Hannah Rose Kornfeld (Susan Waverly), Susan Mansur (Martha Watson), and Jonathan Hadley (Ralph Sheldrake). David Ives (All in the Timing, Wonderful Town) pens the book to the new Christmas musical based on the Paul Blake's script for the world premiere stage adaptation at St. Louis' The Muny. The original screenplay was written by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

Director Bobbie directs prior to his duties on the upcoming Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Randy Skinner (42nd Street) will handle choreography. Larry Blank provides orchestrations with vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac. Rob Berman serves as musical director.

The design team of White Christmas features Anna Louizos (set), Carrie Robbins (costume), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

The original musical comedy starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney singing such Berlin songs as "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing," "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Mandy," "Geee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army," "Snow," "Choreography," "What Can You Do With a General?" and the classic title song.

The plan for the stage musical is to make it a holiday tradition in the vein of A Christmas Carol.

Tickets to White Christmas at the Curran, 445 Geary St. in San Francisco, CA, are available by calling (415) 512-7770. For more information, visit www.bestofbroadway-sf.com.

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