As part of the 2015-2016 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati Season presented by TriHealth, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, was a perfect way to welcome the holidays in Cincinnati. Theatergoers enjoyed the adaptation of the beloved classic film at the Aronoff Center from Tues., Nov.24 through Sun., Dec. 6.
Based on the 1954 film of the same title, the Broadway production returned to the Aronoff Center to bring audiences singing, dancing and plenty of holiday cheer. Cincinnati was also one of the stops on the national tour in 2009.
The production features an impressive score by Irving Berlin. Musically, a few of the highlights included “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.” The production was appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Starring Cincinnati’s own Pamela Myers, the show enlists a strong, experienced cast. Mixing a timeless storyline with several old-fashioned elements, the colorful set does a fine job of bringing each of the characters to life.
The story of White Christmas centers on two World War II veterans (Bob Wallace and Phil Davis) who go on to become a famed 1950’s song-and-dance act. In the process of following their dreams in show business, the duo meets a pair of performing sisters (Betty and Judy), who they follow to a mountain inn in Vermont where the ladies are scheduled to perform. The nearly bankrupt inn turns out to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former general, General Waverly. As the story unfolds, Bob and Phil find purpose and romance as they head up a plan to help and honor the general in a Christmas show they put on at the inn.
Produced by Work Light Productions, the show’s creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner, scenic design by Anna Louizos, scenic supervision and adaptation by Kenneth Foy, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel. For more information, go to www.whitechristmathemusical.com.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Aronoff Center. White Christmas helped to kick off an exciting season. Other shows this season will include Kinky Boots (Jan. 5-17); If/Then (Feb. 2-7); Disney’s Newsies (Mar. 1-13); The Book of Mormon (Mar. 29-Apr. 3); Beauty and the Beast (Apr. 20-24) and Cabaret (May 10-22).
For tickets and more information about upcoming shows at the Aronoff Center, go to CincinnatiArts.org,or call (513) 621-ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, call (513) 369-4363. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.