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Sean Allan Krill, Gina Milo, Matt Raftery, and Erika Stephan Star in Drury Lane Theatre’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, THE MUSICAL
The holidays are almost here at Drury Lane Theatre as Director and Drury Lane Artistic Director William Osetek helms the holiday classic, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Musical.Hailed as a “cozy trip down memory lane” (New York Times) and “a holiday card come to life” (New York Daily News), White Christmas features a cast lead by Sean Allan Krill as Bob Wallace (Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever; Spamalot at Drury Lane), Matt Raftery as Phil Davis (Broadway/National Tour: Beauty and the Beast, Showboat; Meet Me In St. Louis at Drury Lane), Gina Milo as Betty Haynes (Broadway:Les Misérables; Spamalot at Drury Lane), and Erika Stephan as Judy Haynes (The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Les Misérables at Paramount Theatre). White Christmas tells the story of two former Army buddies turned Broadway stars (played by Krill and Raftery) who follow sisters (played by Milo and Stephan), who are set to perform at a charming Vermont inn. In an effort to save the inn, the duos team up to put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like” Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings,” “I Love a Piano,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “White Christmas.” White Christmas, the Musical, with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake and music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, runs October 29, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Opening Night is set for Thursday, November 5 at 8pm.
“The holidays are a special time here at Drury Lane, and this year will be no exception with our production of White Christmas, featuring Irving Berlin’s classic songs that audiences know and love, combined with spirited choreography by Matthew Crowle,” said Osetek. “Together with this talented cast and creative team, we hope to transport our audiences with this timeless holiday tale.”
Along with Krill, Milo, Raftery, and Stephan, the full cast of White Christmas, the Musical includes Alene Robertson as Martha Watson (Broadway: Annie, Annie Warbucks; The Game’s Afoot at Drury Lane),Don Forston as General Henry Waverly (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater;Oliver! at Drury Lane), Harry Bouvy as Ralph Sheldrake (First National Tour of The Producers), Matthew Crowle as Mike Nulty/Ed Sullivan & Regency Room Announcer (Singin’ in the Rain at Drury Lane), Dale Benson as Ezekiel Foster/Mr. Snoring Man (And Then There Were None at Fulton County Playhouse),Maya Hlava as Susan Waverly (The Secret Garden at Court Theatre; Jane Eyre at Lifeline Theatre), and Avery Moss as Susan Waverly at certain performances (Charlotte’s Web and Rudolph The Musical at Broadway In Chicago). The ensemble for White Christmas includes William Carlos Angulo, Courtney Cerny, Devin DeSantis, Zach Drane, Carol Rose Durkin, Annie Jo Ermel, Allyson Graves, Kim Green, Sean Michael Hunt, Raymond Interior, Josh Kohane, Hanah Rose Nardone, Amy Orman,and Leryn Turlington.
The creative team includes choreography by Matthew Crowle, scenic design by Kevin Depinet, costume design by Robert Kuhn, lighting design by Lee Fiskness, sound design by Ray Nardelli, and wig/hair design by Rick Jarvie.
Drury Lane is proud to introduce Lucille, the new on-site restaurant featuring traditional American cuisine with a modern twist by Executive Chef Bill Kummrow. Open for both lunch and dinner, Lucille features a captivating design and a well-rounded menu, available pre- or post-show with both á la carte and pre-theater menus. For more information, visit DruryLane.com.
From December 6 – 20, Drury Lane also offers Brunch with Santa on Sundays prior to the White Christmas matinee, featuring a brunch buffet at Lucille, complete with bellinis, Champagne and mimosas as well as a meet and greet with Santa himself!
Tickets for White Christmas are on sale now by calling the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visiting DruryLane.com. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($45), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($45) and 8 p.m. ($55), Fridays at 8 p.m. ($60), Saturdays at 5 p.m and 8:30 p.m. ($60), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($60), and 6 p.m. ($55). Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $40 for matinees. Dinner and show packages are also available.
For more information on White Christmas and the rest of the 2015-2016 theatrical season at Drury Lane, please visit DruryLane.com.