A feel-good WHITE CHRISTMAS at The Marriott Theatre gets the jump on holiday cheer this season with an outrageous ensemble of top-notch actors, singers and dancers. The beloved Irving Berlin's 1954 classic film has been adapted into a brand new musical, that preserves the original story and score but adds some showstopping numbers including a tap dance performance to "Let Yourself Go" and "I Love a Piano" that alone is worth the price of admission. In addition, the big voice and lovable antics of Alene Robertson as General Henry Waverly's (David Lively) loveable nemesis almost steals the show with an outstanding performance and sensational heart-felt singing. The overall production is first-rate with an outstanding set (Tom Ryan), exceptional costuming (Nancy Missimi) with Lighting Design by Diane Williams, Sound Design by Bob Gilmartin and Props Design by Sally Weiss.
All the favorite songs from the original score including "Blue Skies," "Sister's," "White Christmas," "How Deep is the Ocean," and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" (nominated for best song at the 1955 Academy Awards) make their appearance under the superb musical direction of Michael Mahler and choreography of director Marc Robin with Patti Garwood conducting the orchestra.
The four leads are all solid. The story follows two entertainers, Phil Davis (Andrew Lupp) and Bob Wallace (Rod Thomas), who open the show with their Christmas Eve, 1944 performance during World War II, then fast forwards to ten years later when the men have become big stars showing up on the "Ed Sullivan Show" where they perform "Let Yourself Go." Phil, the extrovert, takes nice guy Bob to a night club to see Judy Haynes (Tammy Mader) and Betty Haynes (Stephanie Binetti)--a struggling sister act. Phil and Judy are immediately smitten; while Bob and Betty take things a little slower.
Through some maneuverings and romantic misadventures, the four get together for a holiday performance at a Vermont Inn, coincidentally owned by Henry Waverly (David Lively), their beloved ex-general from WW II. Business at the inn is almost non-existent and the lack of snow only adds to the problem. However, through some more maneuverings, the men manage to put together a Christmas Eve surprise for the General--and lo and behold--just at the right moment...snow begins falling from the skies...making it a WHITE CHRISTMAS. And it that doesn't get you in the spirit, I'm not sure what will.
Tickets and Show Information.
The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00pm and 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $41 to $49, plus tax and handling fees. Seniors and Students receive $5.00 off a full price theater ticket on Wednesday 1:00pm, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00pm and 5:00pm. To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847 634 0200 or go to Ticketmaster. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information. The show runs through January 1, 2012.
Dinner and Theater.
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets are available for only $55.00 per person plus handling fees. Dinner is at King’s Wharf Restaurant or the Fairfield Inn (based on dining availability).
Free and/or valet parking is available at all performances.