Photo Coverage: 5th Avenue Theatre's White Christmas

White Christmas, based on the classic movie musical, is being presented by Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from November 25 through December 20, 2006.

"Every holiday season, audiences of all ages enjoy the uplifting story of White Christmas. Now, a new generation will be able to experience this holiday tradition in a completely new way ­live on stage!  The 5th Avenue is one of only four theaters in America to produce this classic Christmas movie musical newly adapted for the stage," according to 5th Avenue notes.  White Christmas  based on the 1954 movie musical classic with songs by Irving Berlin, previously played to packed houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston, in productions based on the original direction of Walter Bobbie. This is a co-production, and immediately after the Seattle run, the show will travel to Sacramento in January 2007 and to Denver in December 2007.  The production stars Michael Gruber as Bob Wallace, Christina Saffran Ashford as Betty Haynes, Tari Kelly as Judy Haynes and Greg McCormick Allen as Phil Davis, among others.

"The fun begins after WWII when two of the hottest song-and-dance men in showbiz team up with a sister act to save their former general's country inn. The result is a sparkling holiday package filled with splashy dance numbers, falling snow, treasured tunes and loads of heartwarming nostalgia." It includes the beloved Irving Berlin songs "Sisters," "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" and the popular title song, "White Christmas."

White Christmas is co-directed by Jamie Rocco and David Armstrong.

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Photos by Chris Bennion

The White Christmas ensemble

Tari Kelli and Christina Saffran Ashford

Michael Gruber and cast

Keaton Whittaker and Michael Gruber

Greg McCormick Allen and Michael Gruber

Tari Kelly, Greg McCormick Allen and ensemble

Tari Kelly, Greg McCormick Allen and ensemble

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