‘White Christmas’ Begins Tour at Fabulous Fox, Atlanta

Posted On October 16, 2007

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White Christmas features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with book by David Ives and Paul Blake begins a new holiday touring production, produced by Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a delightful new musical based on the 1954 Paramount hit movie.  It tells the story of two veterans Bob and Phil who have a successful song- and-dance act after the war. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s 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 all their Army buddies to show up on Christmas Eve,” explain press notes.

The show features the classic Irving Berlin hits “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano?” and the most popular song in history, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

Directed by Jeff Calhoun, White Christmas stars Tom Galantich as crooner Bob Wallace; Marla Schaffel will portray singing sister Betty Haynes; David Engel plays the dashing Phil Davis; Kristen Beth Williams will appear as Betty’s sister and matchmaker Judy Haynes. Also starring as the cheerful but nosey inn manager Martha is Karen Murphy; George McDaniel stars as the commanding General Waverly; Fred Berman will portray high powered producer, Ralph Sheldrake; Elisa Van Duyne portrays bubbly chorus girl Rita; starring as the General’s daughter Susan Waverly is Hannah Misera.

Tour Schedule:
Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA – Nov. 3 & 4
Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA – Nov. 6-11
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI – Nov 13-18
Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN – Nov 27-Dec 2
Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN – Dec 4-9
Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY – Dec 11-16
Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY – Dec 18-23
Progress Energy Center at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC – Dec 26-30
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center in Fort Myers, FL – Jan. 1-6, 2008

The creative team includes Noah Racey as Choreographer, Steven Landau as Musical Director/Conductor, Kenneth Foy as Scenic Designer, Ken Billington as Lighting Designer, Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel as Sound Designers and Wade Laboissonniere as Costume Designer.

Theater of the Stars will present White Christmas at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street, from Nov 6-11, 2007.  Preview performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday at 8PM.  The official opening of the tour is Friday at 8PM with additional performances on Saturday at 2PM & 8PM and Sunday at 1:30PM & 7PM.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Purchases through Ticketmaster can be made in three ways: at Ticketmaster ticket centers, by calling 404-817-8700, by ordering online at www.ticketmaster.com. For group ticket sales, call the Fox Theatre Group Sales Office at 404-881-2000. Ticket prices range from $20- $64.

Theater of the Stars is celebrating its 55th Anniversary this year as one of the nation’s premier theater companies.  A civic non-profit cultural organization, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about their history of excellence, visit them at www.theaterofthestars.com