Bucks County Playhouse is capping off its 2023 mainstage season with the beloved holiday musical Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Playhouse artistic associate Hunter Foster is directing, with choreography by Richard Riaz Yoder (currently seen in Broadway’s Some Like It Hot).
“Nothing gives us more pleasure than taking a classic and rediscovering it for our audiences, and who didn’t grow up loving White Christmas?,” said producing director Alexander Fraser. “To work with Hunter and Richard and a terrific creative team in mounting this production continues the work we have done this year to reintroduce theatergoers to the Playhouse and build audiences for the future. We look forward to welcoming all audiences to experience the magic of Christmas at the Playhouse and in New Hope.”
Jeremiah James, Jarran Muse, Ashley Blanchet and Kaitlyn Frank lead the cast of the stage adaptation of the Hollywood musical. James, who plays Bob Wallace, recently appeared in the Broadway company of Funny Girl with Lea Michele. He also appeared as part of the Playhouse’s 2023 Gala. Muse, who appears in the role of Phil Davis, was in the original Broadway cast of White Christmas and most recently appeared on Broadway in Ain’t Too Proud. Blanchet, who stars as Betty Haynes, was recently seen on Broadway in Waitress and as Elsa in Frozen. Frank, who plays Judy Haynes, was recently seen on Broadway in Funny Girl.
Based on the classic Hollywood movie musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a technicolor, Broadway musical extravaganza. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, White Christmas contains some of Berlin’s most popular tunes, including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano” and the title song “White Christmas.”
Following a stint in the army, song-and-dance men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis become one of the hottest duos in show business. After a chance meeting, they follow The Haynes Sisters to Vermont, where they discover a nearly bankrupt inn run by their former Army commander. With no snow in the forecast and no tourists in sight, can Wallace, Davis and the sisters pull off a yuletide miracle?
The opening night performance is on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The show plays Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m.; with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, at 2 p.m. Special added holiday performances are on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Visit BucksCountyPlayhouse.org or call 215-862-2121 for tickets and more information. Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 S. Main St. in New Hope.