WHITE CHRISTMAS with Aled Jones & Tom Chambers to Play Dominion Theatre, Begin. 12 November
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).
Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two ex-army pals as they team up with a pair of sisters to put on a show to save their former General's remote Vermont ski lodge that's fallen on hard times. At the Dominion Theatre, a 17-piece orchestra will accompany the cast in some of musical history's best loved songs, including Let Yourself Go, Sisters, The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing, Snow, Count Your Blessings, Blue Skies, Love You Didn't Do Right By Me, How Deep Is The Ocean, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm and, of course, the title song, White Christmas.
Led by Aled Jones and Tom Chambers, WHITE CHRISTMAS's 30-strong cast at the Dominion Theatre will also include Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes.
Aled Jones said, "I am absolutely delighted to be making my West End musical theatre debut in such a well-loved musical. It is a huge honour to sing Irving Berlin's wonderful songs, White Christmas, Count Your Blessings, Blue Skies and How Deep is the Ocean, which are so synonymous with the great Bing Crosby. And I'm looking forward to sharing Strictly Come Dancing stories with Tom - I taught him everything he knows!"
Tom Chambers, in return, said, "I am thrilled to be joining the cast of WHITE CHRISTMAS this November in the fantastic venue that is the Dominion Theatre. It'll be great to be back in the West End again, and at such a special time of year, performing in such an incredibly magical and iconic show. I'm a huge fan of Irving Berlin's music and it'll be a great pleasure to be back in my tap shoes again. And to top it off it'll be fabulous to be starring alongside the multi-talented Aled Jones."
Ingrid Sutej, CEO of U-Live, said, "I am excited to be working with Michael Rose on this magical production. Staged theatre will be a new genre for U-Live and I cannot think of a better way for us to introduce ourselves to the West End than bringing Irving Berlin's much-loved musical to London for the first time this Christmas."
The stage musical is based on the Paramount Pictures timeless movie classic, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama & Melvin Frank, which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The stage musical has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, and was originally directed on Broadway by Walter Bobbie, the director of Chicago. The musical was originally produced in the United States by The Producing Office, Inc. and BFI Productions, Inc. David Ives also wrote the Tony-nominated play Venus in Fur. Paul Blake is the producer of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The production of Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Dominion Theatre this Christmas will be directed by Morgan Young and choreographed by Randy Skinner, with Helen Rymer as the UK associate choreographer. Set design is by Anna Louizos, costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Clem Rawling. Orchestrations are by Larry Blank, dance and vocal arrangements by Bruce Pomahac and musical direction by Andrew Corcoran.