A Christmas classic comes to the Broadway Theatre

By MICHELLE JACOBY

Contributor

It’s the time of year again when the hustle and bustle of the holidays creates a to-do list that can seem endless. No. 1 on top of the list should read, see “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre this season.

This Award-winning show is based on the beloved 1954 film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. This classic will take you back in time after World War II, when, though hard times have fallen, romance and fun can still fill the air.

The cast of “White Christmas” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Photo/Amanda Stuart

The cast of “White Christmas” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Photo/Amanda Stuart

In the Westchester Broadway Theatre production, Army veterans Bob Wallace, played by Sean Montgomery, and Phil Davis, played by Jeremy Benton, are quite a team. Their extreme personalities and energy compliment each other on stage. Their song-and-dance act is intrigued by a duo of beautiful singing sisters—Kelly Sheehan as Judy Haynes and Lindsie Van Winkle as Betty Haynes. The graceful pair of sisters float around the stage, singing and dancing while catching the attention of the two army buddies. Cupid’s arrow strikes as soon as the duo performs their introductory song, “Sisters.”

The army buddies get to show their humorous side later in Act II with their version of “Sisters.”

On their way to entertain at a Vermont Lodge, the cast and crew, including Seth Lerner as Mr. Snoring Man, take a fun train ride and delight the audience with “Snow.”

The Vermont Lodge happens to be owned by General Waverly, Wallace and Davis’ former army commander, played brilliantly by Jamie Ross. General Waverly is happy to see his former soldiers, but doesn’t understand a thing about entertainment. His very talented sidekick, Martha Watson, played by Karen Murphy, keeps him in line. A former entertainer herself, Murphy gets to show her stuff with, “What Do You Do With A General” and “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy.”

General Waverly finally lets go of army time to keep up with his granddaughter, Susan Waverly, played by talented youngsters Nicole Kolitsas and Julia White.

The storyline has complex relationships, which leads to fun dialog, and you will not forget the singing, dancing and the costumes.

The Broadway version of the show received two 2009 Tony award nominations for Best Choreography, Randy Skinner and Best Orchestrations, Larry Blank.

Randy Skinner, as director and choreographer of the Westchester production, outdoes himself. “I Love A Piano”, “We’ll Follow The Old Man,” “White Christmas” and the finale, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” are all high-energy dance numbers with old fashion charm.

“White Christmas” will always remind us of the 1954 film and the voice of Bing Crosby singing his classic song, but this Bill Stutler and Bob Funking production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” creates the same magic on stage and is truly unforgettable.

This production is playing now through Jan. 12, 2014. For more information about Westchester Broadway Theatre, please call 914-592-2222, or visit its website at
www.broadwaytheatre.com.