Local theatre Syracuse Stage is currently running Irving Berlin’s White Christmas for the month of December. A December 30th showing was recently added. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than catching this iconic musical film adaptation at Syracuse’s premier theatre? You’ve got plenty of time to see it, but I recommend grabbing some tickets and planning ahead.
As fate would have it I missed my chance to attend opening night, but I’m definitely planning to go soon. I actually haven’t been to Syracuse Stage in quite a while, but it’s time the Guru paid a visit. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get a review to read.
The play is based on the 1954 eponymous Paramount release. A first in modern cinema, White Christmas was produced in (the quickly obsolete) VistaVision. The film of course starred Bing Crosby and others but the man behind the incredibly popular, iconic Christmas tunes was Irving Berlin. The title song “White Christmas”, remains the highest selling single worldwide of all time. Over 50 years later the remarkable song still holds this title. You can’t even think of Christmas without hearing this in your head.
The play follows the movie’s plot and score, encompassing songs like “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and others. Surprisingly the film wasn’t adapted for the stage until a relatively recent 2004. At Syracuse Stage you’ll see plenty of tap dancing and based on the early photo’s I’ve seen, top notch costumes and set design. See below for a small selection of images.
The action starts in Europe toward the end of World War II and follows the adventures of two U.S. Army pals (and entertainers) as they seek fame and women. That’s all I’m sayin’.
Images courtesy of Syracuse Stage, credit goes to Michael Davis.
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