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Date Of Birth:
April 21, 1914
Date Of Death:
January 13, 2003 (88)
Birth Place:
Chicago, IL, USA
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BWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMASBWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 8, 2014

While the Renaissance Players' mounting might be a little rough around the edges, there's still plenty to recommend the show if you're in need of some Christmas cheer. Directed by Jon Kopischke, with choreography by Alaina Deaver and musical direction by SharonTaylor, Irving Berlin's White Christmas features Jarrod Clark, Zane Jordan, Amanda Mollehour and Tawny Frey as the leading quartet of showbiz types (along with the showstopping Linda Sue Runyeon, who delivers some of the night's best moments) who breathe life into the libretto. (more...)

BWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMASBWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Nov 28, 2014

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS is a tap dancing good time at the theatre. The classic movie-made-into-a-musical has plenty of charms, but it truly shines when Jeremy Benton & Kaitlyn Davidson are dancing. (more...)

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS to Play Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 12/16-28IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS to Play Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 12/16-28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is returning this holiday season. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana, playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre for 16 performances, from December 16 - 28. Presented by the Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment, tickets are on now sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787). Press night is set for Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BWW TV: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening Night at Dominion Theatre!BWW TV: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening Night at Dominion Theatre!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 17, 2014

The West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical White Christmas is led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox,Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. White Christmas opened at London's newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday, 12 November, and continues for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from opening night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening in the West End - Part 2Photo Flash: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening in the West End - Part 2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

The West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical White Christmas is led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox,Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. White Christmas opened at London's newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday, 12 November, and continues for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015. BroadwayWorld has more photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening in the West End - Part 1Photo Flash: WHITE CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening in the West End - Part 1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

The West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical White Christmas is led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. White Christmas opened at London's newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday, 12 November, and continues for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WHITE CHRISTMAS in the West End!Photo Flash: First Look at WHITE CHRISTMAS in the West End!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

The West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical White Christmas will be led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Tickets Now on Sale for Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Orpheum; Runs 11/25-30Tickets Now on Sale for Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Orpheum; Runs 11/25-30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that individual tickets for the Minneapolis premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas are on sale now. The stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming Nov. 25-30 to Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre as part of the 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin season. (more...)

Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Set for Hillbarn Theatre, 12/4-21Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Set for Hillbarn Theatre, 12/4-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier community theatre company, celebrates this holiday season with Irving Berlin's Tony Award nominated musical, White Christmas. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with WHITE CHRISTMAS in the West EndPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with WHITE CHRISTMAS in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical WHITE CHRISTMAS will be led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. Below, BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of WHITE CHRISTMAS Launch Christmas Windows at Fenwick of Bond StreetPhoto Flash: Cast of WHITE CHRISTMAS Launch Christmas Windows at Fenwick of Bond Street
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The cast of White Christmas launched the Christmas windows at Fenwick of Bond Street in London yesterday, 29 October 2014. The cast, led by Aled Jones, Tom Chambers, Wendi Peters, Graham Cole, Rachel Stanley and Louise Bowden, performed the London premiere of the title number from the show to crowds on Bond Street. White Christmas will be at the Dominion Theatre in London from 8 November until 3 January. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Coming to Benedum Center, 11/18-23Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Coming to Benedum Center, 11/18-23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The producers of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced casting for the upcoming National Tour. (more...)

Trista Moldovan Joins Cast of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS National TourTrista Moldovan Joins Cast of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

The producers of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced that Trista Moldovan has joined the cast as 'Betty Haynes' for the upcoming National Tour. (more...)

Full Cast Released for UK's WHITE CHRISTMASFull Cast Released for UK's WHITE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Rehearsals for the West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical WHITE CHRISTMAS begin today, Monday 13 October. The company is led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell. Also in the cast are Vikki-Marie Ryan, Lucinda Lawrence, Karen Aspinall, Emma Caffrey, Hayley Reed, Helen Patching, Vicki Davids, Jennifer Davison, Grace Holdstock, Ross McLaren, Joshua Lay, Matt Cheney, Jonny Labey, Anthony Whiteman, Eddie Myles, Stuart Winter, Matt Clark and Gary Murphy. Amy Snudden, Emily Robins, Sophia Pettet and Tatum Confrey will alternate the role of Susan. (more...)

James Clow, Kristen Beth Williams, Jeremy Benton & Kaitlyn Davidson to Lead National Tour of Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMASJames Clow, Kristen Beth Williams, Jeremy Benton & Kaitlyn Davidson to Lead National Tour of Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

The producers of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced casting for the upcoming National Tour. (more...)

Tickets to Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS On Sale TodayTickets to Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS On Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that individual tickets for the Minneapolis premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas will go on sale at 11 a.m. on today, Sept. 5. The stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming Nov. 25-30 to Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre as part of the 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin season. Tickets may be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office, online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana. (more...)

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS to Play Citi Performing Arts Center, 12/16-28IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS to Play Citi Performing Arts Center, 12/16-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is returning this holiday season. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana, playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre for 16 performances, from December 16 - 28. Presented by the Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 1. (more...)

WHITE CHRISTMAS with Aled Jones & Tom Chambers to Play Dominion Theatre, Begin. 12 NovemberWHITE CHRISTMAS with Aled Jones & Tom Chambers to Play Dominion Theatre, Begin. 12 November
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Aled Jones and Tom Chambers will be starring as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in the West End premiere of Irving Berlin's much-loved musical WHITE CHRISTMAS, which will open at London's newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 12 November for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015 (previewing from 8 November). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow OnlyBWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow Only
by Don Grigware - May 23, 2014

Back in the 50s, the era that was innocence personified, Broadway musicals were written to entertain first. Of course, Stephen Sondheim and other more serious composers were beginning to change the face of the American musical with the goal to enlighten, but shows like Li'l Abner, with book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, lyrics by Johnny Mercer & music by Gene De Paul and based on Al Capp's 1934 comic strip, showed us the wild hillbilly lifestyle to make us laugh rather than think. Underneath the surface, to be sure, there is political satire and an uplifting message about appreciating the worth of that lesser known patch of American culture, kind of like what 60sTV audiences found in The Beverly Hillbillies. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Omaha - Week of 3/16/2014Now Playing Onstage in Omaha - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for Omaha (more...)

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