Get ready to celebrate "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" on Broadway.
A stage version of the celluloid classic will play New York this holiday season, Nov. 14-Jan. 4 at the Marquis Theatre.
"It's a quintessential seasonal family show," producer Kevin McCollum said Monday in announcing the limited engagement. "And hopefully we'll start making some memories with it."
The musical is based on the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The plot concerns a couple of show-biz veterans who travel to Vermont to put on a show. Of course, there's romance involved.
"White Christmas" has been adapted by David Ives and will be directed by Walter Bobbie, who oversaw the long-running revival of "Chicago." Casting and an opening date will be announced shortly, said McCollum, producer of Broadway hits such as "Rent," "Avenue Q" and "In the Heights."
The stage show first appeared in 2004 in San Francisco and since then has played cities such as Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto. This year, in addition to New York, other companies of "White Christmas" will be seen in Detroit and St. Paul, Minn., McCollum said.
He called the show "a reinvention of the movie, not a revival _ because there is so much more music and the story is enhanced." In addition to the title song, "White Christmas" includes Berlin standards such as "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "I Love a Piano," "Blue Skies," "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
"White Christmas" is a big dance show with a lot of spectacle, according to the producer _ with a cast of 32, nearly two dozen musicians and a large backstage crew. To make it financially viable, McCollum has gotten accommodations from various unions and hopes to have the show do nine performances a week for three of the show's nearly eight-week engagement.
Broadway shows usually play eight performances each week.