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Plan for a 'White Christmas'

The blazing lights and eyes of many faces peered out at the performers as they sang and danced for an L.A audience. For those who have attended a Broadway play, watching the performers dance and sing can be most exhilarating.

White Christmas, a stage show based on the 1954 film version by Irving Berlin, is playing in Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre. It portrays how two singing soldiers decide to head to Vermont to stage a benefit show for their ailing general.

In the Broadway version, Phil Davis [Jeffry Denman] spends most of the play trying to set up Bob Wallace [Brian d?Arcy James] with a young woman. On their way to Florida they stumble upon an act by Betty and Judy Haynes [Anastasia Barzee and Meredith Patterson].

Immediately upon introduction, Phil, with the help of Judy, decides to set up Bob and Betty by the boys following the Haynes sisters to a snowless Vermont. When they arrive at a hotel run by their former General Waverly [David Ogden Stiers], it comes to their knowledge that the General is struggling to keep his inn open.

The two decide to help the general by bringing their show up to Vermont to promote his inn. Along with trying to cheer him up from his recent rejection from the army, they have a brilliant idea to invite some of the men that was under the Generals authority.

Some of the plays greatest moments are through the dancing and heart-warming songs. Martha [Ruth Williamson], the General?s secretary, decides to try to get involved with the play and goes all out with a singing and dancing number. Susan [Danielle Milan], the Generals granddaughter follows in Martha?s attempt in her own little act.

As love begins to boil between Bob and Betty, flirtatious Phil falls in love with Judy.

One day, Martha, overhears and misunderstands Bob talking to someone who suggest making the show broadcasted on public TV. Following this conversation Martha tells Betty of her discovery causing the romance between her and Bob to become rocky.

For some White Christmas has become a tradition while others have experienced it for the first time.

?I enjoyed the play a lot because it left me feeling good,” Jennifer Schmidt, ?06, said. “It had a traditional message portrayed through the lives of these people.?

For the most part the play’s plot was close to the classic 1954 movie with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

?I can?t quite decide if I like the play or the movie better, especially since I saw the movie first,? James Brown, ?06, said. ?However I find that the dance sequences where better in the movie but something about seeing it person makes me enjoy the play a more.?

White Christmas is also performing in San Francisco at the Orpheum and in Boston, MA, at the Wang Center.

White Christmas is playing in San Francisco until Dec. 31 and in Hollywood until Jan. 1. Tickets can be purchased online at or calling 559-347-3400. Tickets range from $50-$85 for single seats but group discounts are available.

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