White Christmas London Tickets
Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" Is A Holiday Tradition For Many Families
The movie White Christmas has been one of the most popular holiday movies around the world since its release in 1954. The light-hearted comedy is now also a live musical that families in the UK are making a part of their annual holiday tradition.
The iconic musical follows two ex-army buddies turned song and dance team who meet up with a couple of sisters for a charity show that will benefit a remote Vermont ski lodge in danger of closing. After a few comical misunderstandings and plenty of romance, their plan is a success.
White Christmas is performed most evenings throughout the Christmas season at the Dominion Theatre in London. Irving Berlin's White Christmas tickets go quickly, especially for the shows closer to the holiday, so it is a good idea to get them in far advance.
Most people know the famous Christmas song "White Christmas" from the movie and musical of the same name, but that is not where the song debuted. Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" for the movie Holiday Inn and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1943. Berlin was tasked with writing a song for each major holiday of the year for the movie and felt this was the perfect choice for Christmas. The overwhelming success of the song "White Christmas" led to the creation of a movie based on the song in 1954. The original movie starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.
The first live performance of the musical based on the movie White Christmas took place in 2004 in San Francisco, California. The original San Francisco production starred Anastasia Barzee, Brian D'Arcy James, Meredith Patterson, and Jeffry Denman. The current rendition of the musical at the Dominion Theatre stars Aled Jones, Tom Chambers, Wendi Peters, Graham Cole, Rachel Stanley, and Louise Bowden. Jones, who is headlining the show, is best known as the host of Daybreak and ITV's Weekend.
The libretto is by David Ives and Paul Blake with Irving Berlin's music and lyrics. Irving Berlin's White Christmas first toured the UK during the Christmas season of 2006-07 and 2007-08. It was performed in Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The show was an instant financial success and landed at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth in November 2009 before moving to The Lowry, Manchester where Aled Jones, Suzanne Shaw, Adam Cooper, Louise Plowright, Rachel Stanley and Roy Dotrice performed the musical to sold out crowds. It also played at the Sunderland Empire Theatre in 2010 and 2011 before its run at the Dominion Theatre which remains the most popular yet.
The Dominion Theatre production is being directed by Morgan Young with choreography by Randy Skinner, set design by Anna Louizos, and costumes by Carrie Robbins. The team is carrying on the award-winning tradition. During its 2008 Broadway run White Christmas was nominated for two Tony Awards. The nods were for Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design, and Outstanding Sound Design in 2009. Since the show's time on Broadway, it has remained one of the best-selling Christmas events in the U.S. and the UK. for audiences of all ages.
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