White Christmas tells the story or two army buddies, Bob and Phil, who have a successful song and dance act after the war. With romance in mind, the two follow a beautiful duo of singing sisters to a Christmas gig at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former Army commander. The boys soon realize they are the only guests at the resort because there is no snow! In order to help the General, they come up with a scheme to bring in a crowd. They decide to stage their newest Broadway revue, as well as make a special television appeal to their Army pals to show up on Christmas Eve. The show features classic Irving Berlin hits such as Blue Skies, Sisters, Happy Holiday, Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep, I Love a Piano, and the unforgettable title song White Christmas.
An immensely talented and colorful cast brings this show to life! In the iconic role of Bob Wallace, a part originally played by Bing Crosby in the film version, is Broadway’s own John Scherer. In addition to his role as Bob, Scherer has also appeared in 42nd Street and Cats on Broadway as well as television including Crossing Jordan and Law and Order. As his trusty sidekick Phil Davis, is also seasoned Broadway performer Denis Lambert. Lambert’s credits include national tours of A Chorus Line and The Producers. Their love interests, Betty and Judy Hayes, are played by Amy Bodnar and Shannon M. O’Bryan. Both have Broadway credits including Bodnar’s starring role as Laurie in Oklahoma and O’Bryan’s performances in 42nd Street and Encores. Special appearances are made by well known Broadway vets Ruth Williamson and Eric Devine as innkeeper Martha and General Waverly. Williamson is no stranger to the theatre with a slew of impressive accolades including Guys and Dolls and Annie on Broadway, movies such as Evan Almighty and Legally Blonde 2 and hit television shows, The OC, Hannah Montana and a regular spot as Mrs. Grubman o n Nip Tuck. Devine’s many stage accomplishments includ e Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun and Ragtime and work as director of HMS Pinafore starring Kristin Chenoweth and Anything Goes with Kelli O’Hara.
You’re sure to fall in love with their renditions of Berlin’s catchy and upbeat tunes!
But none of the songs would be the same without the accompaniment of dance! Choreographer Randy Skinner sets the spirit of the season to dance featuring upbeat numbers ranging from tap to ballroom. It is impossible not to be swept away by the magic of White Christmas. It is truly a must-see performance for the holidays and one you should make part of your Christmastime traditions! But hurry! White Christmas only runs through January 2, 2011 so don’t wait to see the performance of the season!
Individual tickets range in price from $25 to $98. A select number of premium seats are also available for select performances. Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago box offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. 18 W. Monroe) The Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800)775-2000; All Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, and fye stores); and online at:
Tickets are available to groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.
Photo Credit: Tanner Photography