MILLBURN — Paper Mill Playhouse announced the cast and creative team for its holiday musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The show will be directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Randy Skinner and musical direction by Steven Freeman.
The cast features: James Clow (Bob Wallace), Tony Yazbeck (Phil Davis), Jill Paice (Betty Haynes), Meredith Patterson (Judy Haynes), Edward James Hyland (General Waverly) and Lorna Luft (Martha Watson). The show begins performances on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and runs at the Millburn theater through Saturday, Dec. 24.
Based on the beloved Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, this merry musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and end up finding love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe. With laughter, crazy plot turns, Broadway-size production numbers and the unforgettable music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a brightly wrapped holiday gift.
“We are thrilled to bring this cast of Broadway veterans to our stage,” remarked Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee. “There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse to experience this holiday spectacle.”
Director Marc Bruni was the associate director on 14 Broadway shows including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and last year’s Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes. Bruni’s last staging at Paper Mill Playhouse was the critically acclaimed production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
James Clow plays Bob Wallace, stepping into the role Bing Crosby made famous. Clow was seen on Broadway in: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me and Blood Brothers.
Lorna Luft will play the role of Martha Watson. Luft’s acclaimed career has encompassed virtually every arena of entertainment. A celebrated concert performer, stage, film and television actress, best selling author, recording artist and Emmy nominated producer – she continues to triumph in every medium with critics labeling her one of the most vibrant, versatile and exciting artists on stage today. Born to legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, music and entertainment was an integral part of her childhood. At age 11 she made her television debut singing on her mother’s series, The Judy Garland Show. At 16, already a seasoned performer, she shared the bill with her mom on Broadway in a fabled month-long concert engagement at New York’s famed Palace Theater. In films, she is most remembered by fans of all ages as Pink Lady “Paulette Rebchuck” in the camp classic Grease 2. In 1998, Lorna added a new dimension to her multi-faceted career, that of NY Times best-selling author upon the release of her critically acclaimed memoir — Me and My Shadows.
Rounding out the Irving Berlin’s White Christmas cast are: Jacob ben Widmar, Laurie DiFilippo, Beth Glover, Luke Hawkins, Leeds Hill, Drew Humphrey, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Samantha Kelleher, Megan Kelley, Kristie Kerwin, Matthew J. Kilgore, Drew King, Pilar Millhollen, Beth Johnson Nicely, Kristyn Pope, Sara Michelle Reardon, Kelly Skidmore, Lauren Elaine Taylor, Anna Aimee White and Jacob ben Widmar.
The design team includes: set design by Anna Louizos (Avenue Q, Curtains), costumes by Carrie Robbins (A Class Act), lighting design by Ken Billington (The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie), hair and wig design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer and sound design by Randy Hansen. The production stage manager is Peter Wolf.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. (Check the Paper Mill Playhouse website papermill.org for special holiday schedules.) Three and four show subscription packages are available, starting at $84. Single tickets are on sale from $25.
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