"Snow" in Philly! Walnut Street Opens White Christmas Nov. 17

News   "Snow" in Philly! Walnut Street Opens White Christmas Nov. 17
Walnut Street Theatre's new resident production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, featuring Jeffrey Coon, David Elder, Julie Reiber and Vanessa Sonon, opens Nov. 17 following previews from Nov. 9 in Philadelphia.

David Elder and Vanessa Sonon
David Elder and Vanessa Sonon Photo by Mark Garvin

Marc Robin, who serves as the artistic director of Lancaster, PA's Fulton Opera House, directs and choreographs the musical comedy inspired by the 1954 movie musical. Performances play to Jan. 9, 2011.

Coon stars as Bob Wallace, with Elder as Phil Davis. Elder is reprising the role he performed in the 2009 national tour of the musical. The Haynes Sisters are played by Reiber (Betty) and Sonon (Judy).

White Christmas includes the Berlin songs "Snow," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," "Count Your Blessings" and the title song, among other classics. The musical follows two Army veterans (who are also showbiz pals) who team with a pair of songbird sisters to save a Vermont inn run by the guys' retired general.

The cast also features Philadelphia theatre veterans Ben Dibble (Ralph Sheldrake), Paul Nolan (Gen. Waverly), Fran Prisco (Ezekiel Foster), Rebecca Robbins (Tessie), Alene Robertson (Martha Watson), Megan Schmidt (Rita) and Marcus Stevens (Mike Nulty).

The White Christmas ensemble includes Maggie Anderson, Jamison Foreman, Stanley Martin, Buddy Reeder and Kerri Rose. Ensemble newcomers include Meghan Garstang, Chris Klink, Colleen Kreisel and David C. Strobbe. Brigid Harrington and Eloise Sharkey will alternate as Susan Waverly. The design team comprises Robert Andrew Kovach (scenic designer), Paul Black (lighting designer), Colleen Grady (costume designer) and Ray Nardelli (sound designer).

The 2004 stage adaptation — with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake — premiered in San Francisco. With direction by Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner, the premiere spawned several sit-down productions across the U.S. and also played Broadway engagements in recent seasons.

For tickets and information, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.

Vanessa Sonon, David Elder, Jeffrey Coon, Julie Reiber and company
Vanessa Sonon, David Elder, Jeffrey Coon, Julie Reiber and company Photo by Mark Garvin
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