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White Christmas Coming to Palatine November 16 -- December 1
Irving Berlin Classic Comes to Palatine's Cutting Hall
November 4, 2013 -- Music on Stage (MOS), winner of the Illinois Theatre Association's Excellence in Theatre award, will be one of the first community theater organizations in the Chicagoland area to present Irving Berlin's classic "White Christmas". Performances will be November 16 through December 1 at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 East Wood Street, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, as well as Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. More information and tickets can be found at www.musiconstage.org or by calling 847-202-5222.
Having left the Army following World War II, Bob Wallace (Tony Calzaretta of Schaumburg) and Phil Davis (David Geinosky of Elk Grove) team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy Haynes) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty (Peggy Lyons of Elgin) and Judy (Jenny Kuffel of Schaumburg) travel to the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree Vermont to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find that the owner is their former commander, General Waverly (played by Rick Burd of Palatine) A series of romantic mix-ups ensues as the performers try to help the General.
With a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, this heart-warming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs, including well known standards such as "Happy Holidays," "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "Sisters," and the holiday classic, "White Christmas." This final song, Berlin's reminisence of an old-fashioned Christmas setting, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the best-selling single of all time. Bing Crosby reportedly took only 18 minutes to complete the version of "White Christmas," which has estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide since it debuted in 1942.
"White Christmas" is directed by Frank Roberts, an accomplished and well-known member of the Chicago theater community, who also serves as the show's choreographer and is the Artistic Director for Music on Stage. Ann Stewart, a long-time veteran with Music on Stage will again serve as Music Director as she will help usher in the group's 57th season.
Roberts has said that "this timeless classic is sure to warm the heart of any Scrooge. It is wonderful to be working with Ann Stewart again and a thrill to be directing this amazing Irving Berlin classic for a group that has provided quality Musical Theatre to the Northwest Suburbs for almost 60 years."
More information and tickets can be found at www.musiconstage.org or by calling 847-202-5222.