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Let's Go: 'Irving Berlin's White Christmas' at Bradley Playhouse in Putnam

The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse presents the beloved holiday tradition, ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.’ The show opens Dec. 3 and runs for three weekends.

Performances are Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students.

Irving Berlin wrote the music and lyrics for White Christmas, and the book was written by David Ives and Paul Blake. The show first appeared as a film in 1954, which starred Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace, Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes and Vera-Ellen as Judy Haynes. The musical premiered in St. Louis in 2000.

After World War II, former servicemen Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song and dance act. They meet Betty and Judy Haynes, who are also singers, and follow them to their Christmas booking at an inn in Vermont, where they discover the establishment is owned by their former commanding officer, General Waverly. Business is not good, so the four decide, with the help of Martha and the General’s granddaughter, Susan, to put on a big show to draw in patrons and help the General. Of course, there is plenty of singing and dancing, with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

The TNECT performance of White Christmas is co-directed by Tonya Leigh Brock and Madeline Jaaskela. Diane Pollard is the Music Director and Keri Danner is the Choreographer. Dan Healy appears as Bob Wallace and Jon Simmons is Phil Davis. Playing their romantic interests are Christine Healy as Betty Haynes and Brenna Griswold as Judy Haynes. General Waverly is played by Mike Griswold, LaDelle Arnold is his concierge, Martha, and his granddaughter, Susan, is played by Sophie Marcus. They are supported by an enthusiastic singing and dancing ensemble.

For the safety of patrons, cast, crew and volunteers, The Bradley Playhouse is following the COVID protocol accepted by most local entertainment venues. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test must be provided to gain entry, and masks must be worn at all times. For more detailed information contact the theater at (860) 928-7887.

The Bradley Playhouse is located at 30 Front St. (Route 44) in Putnam. All seats are reserved. Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling (860) 928-7887.

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