In just over a week (8.5 days to be exact), our holiday production of White Christmas is taking center stage! What a way to kick off the season than with one a beloved musical filled with some of the most well-known songs of all-time. Think you know all there is to know about White Christmas, the show AND the movie? Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a joyous winter wonderland story that is a refreshing take on the holiday season all while staying loyal to the iconic film it is based on.
Let’s find out as we count down the days to what we hope is both literally and figuratively a white Christmas.
Based on the movie of the same title, White Christmas tells the story of Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, both American war veterans, are thriving in the entertainment business after World War II. The two meet the Haynes sisters, a singing duo, in New York. Wallace and Davis follow the beautiful sisters to their next Christmas performance in Vermont only to find out that the Vermont Inn they were heading to was owned by the boys’ former army commander. Upon arrival, they are informed that the Inn is not prospering financially. On top of that, it seems Vermont is missing out on the Christmas snow this year and no snow means it is not really Christmas. To help out the near-bankruptcy Inn, with the assistance of the Haynes sisters, the two veterans decide to perform their successful Christmas act. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas musical is packed with romance, mischief, and a whole lot of laughter featuring amazing dance routines and Irving Berlin’s jingles.
“You’ll leave the theatre humming Irving Berlin’s irresistibly hummable tunes!” – The Boston Globe
“A holiday card come to life!” – New York Daily News
“Enchanting as a first snow!” – San Francisco Examiner
“Joyous! Warmhearted and uplifting! Don’t forget to bring the kids; this is their kind of show.” – Hollywood Reporter
White Christmas Fun Facts
– Third of three films to feature Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas.” The other two are Holiday Inn (1942) and Blue Skies (1946).
– The Vermont inn is the remodeled Connecticut inn set from the movie Holiday Inn (1942).
– IN THE MOVIE: The photo that Vera-Ellen shows to Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of her brother, Bennie, is actually a photo of Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer.
– Although this movie musical has been a beloved favorite for decades – especially at Christmastime – there has never been an official “original soundtrack” album released in any form.
– The movie premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
About the Movie
White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz (Academy Award Winner for Best Director) and starring Bing Crosby. White Christmas features Irving Berlin’s songs, including the title song, “White Christmas”. The cornerstone of the film is the title song, first used in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song the same year. The stage adaptation of the musical, titled Irving Berlin’s White Christmas premiered in San Francisco in 2004 and has since been performed on other stages in the U.S., on Broadway and also overseas.
About Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist of Russian-Jewish origin. He is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history and a legend. During his 60-year career he wrote over 1,000 records, including the tracks for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. His tunes were re-recorded by numerous singers including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and many more.