Audio Preview: ‘White Christmas’ at Syracuse Stage

White Christmas 
Who Syracuse Stage
Where 820 E. Genesee St, Syracuse
When Nov. 30-Dec. 30
Tickets $30-54; 18 and under, $20
Audio Preview by Paige Cooperstein 

Syracuse Stage rings in the holiday season with a production of Irving Berlin’s musical “White Christmas.” Following two old army buddies who become Broadway producers, this Christmas classic unites showbiz hijinks with romance. Bob Wallace and Phil Davis both meet their matches in the form of a sister act.

Zakiya Young plays the leading lady Betty Haynes. She thinks the Stage’s presentation of “White Christmas” turns the show “on its head,” with its color-blind casting. “We’re not the movie or any other presentation of this show,” she said.

Denis Lambert, playing leading man Bob Wallace, also felt proud of the Stage’s presentation of “White Christmas.” Lambert played the role of Bob’s best friend Phil in a 2010 production of the show. This year, Lambert said, “I think the text has really been investigated, and I can tell you that the foursome, playing the two couples, gets along wonderfully onstage and off.”

White Christmas opens at the Syracuse Stage this Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. Paul Barnes directs the show with musical direction by Christopher Drobny and choreography by David Wanstreet. “White Christmas” runs at Syracuse Stage through December 30. For tickets, visit the Box Office at 820 E. Genesee St. You can also purchase tickets online at www.syracusestage.org.

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