Talent Company performing ‘White Christmas’

staff reports 11/24/09
The Talent Company is pleased to announce the Central New York premiere of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The tale of a couple of song-and-dance men who meet up with a sister act to make sparks fly and snow fall will play now through Dec. 13 at the NewTimes Theatre, Art & Home Center, NYS Fairgrounds.

Based on the beloved 1954 movie musical that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. the Broadway hit is full of dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “I Love a Piano,” “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Falling Out Of Love Can Be Fun,” “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me,” “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep),” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. plus Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

“White Christmas” stars Bob Brown as Bob Wallace and Gary Troy as Phil Davis, the song-and-dance men, and Brandi Ozark Weston as Judy Haynes and Colleen Wager as Betty Haynes, the “sister act.” While these stars are no strangers to Syracuse audiences, they have performed near and far. Bob Brown, with over 150 roles to his credit locally, has toured nationally as King Arthur in “Camelot,” Nicky Arnstein in “Funny Girl,” and Abel Frank in “State Fair.” Gary Troy, currently living in NYC, has appeared in Syracuse as Bill Snibson in “Me and My Girl,” Don Lockwood in “Singing in the Rain,” and the title role in “Arthur; Off Broadway” in “They’re Playing Our Song” and “Molly McGuire,” and regionally in “Oliver,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Joseph…,” “Crazy For You” and “Stop The World I Want To Get Off.” Brandi Ozark Weston, now living in Northern Virginia, has performed numerous roles in the Syracuse area and in the first national company of “State Fair” starring John Davidson. Colleen Wager, returning to Syracuse after living in South Carolina, has had starring roles locally, has recorded radio and television jingles, and has sung with several bands.

“White Christmas” features Bill Coughlin as General Henry Waverly and Christine Lightcap as Martha Watson with Julia Goodman as Susan Waverly, Lou Leonardo as Ralph Sheldrake and Gennaro Parlato as Ezekiel Foster. Rounding out the cast are Jim Baxter, Molly Brown, Camille Chace, Zachary Chase, Cruz Gonzalez, Kimberly Grader, Bobby Hall, Kaleigh Pfohl, Eddie Powers, Korrie Strodel, Josh Taylor and Rashad Williams.

“White Christmas” is produced by Christine Lightcap assisted by Brenda Neuss, directed by Dan Tursi, and choreographed by Michael Groesbeck. Music direction is by Nadine Cole, costumes are by Eugene Taddeo assisted by Jeanette Reyner, set design is by Heather Hartkopf, set construction by Stephen Beebe, lighting design by Cindy Shippers, and sound design by Tony Vadala.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! Tickets are $30 regular, $25 seniors and students, and $20 children 12 and under. Group discounts are available. For information and reservations, call The Talent Company Box Office at 479-SHOW.

Performance dates
Friday Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday Nov.15, 2 p.m.; Friday Nov. 20, 8 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 21, 8 p.m.; Sunday Nov. 22, 2 p.m.; Friday Nov. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 28, 2 p.m.; Saturday Nov. 28, 8 p.m.; Sunday Nov. 29, 2 p.m.; Friday Dec. 4, 8 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 5, 2 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 6, 2 p.m.; Friday Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 12, 2 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 12, 8 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 13, 2 p.m.

TAGS: Talent Company,White Christmas, syracuse
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