Bradley Playhouse ushers in the holiday season with Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas, The Musical" (Putnam, CT.)


22 Nov

(COVER PHOTO: Jon Simmons as "Phil Davis" and Dan Healy as "Bob Wallace" in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas the Musical" presented by The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse. Photo Courtesy of Jeanne Foley)



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The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut 

at the Bradley Playhouse Presents 

"White Christmas"

Music and Lyrics By Irving Berlin 

Book By David Ives and Paul Blake

Directors Tonya Leigh Brock and Madeline Jaaskela

Music Director Diane Pollard 

Choreographer Keri Danner

Cast Includes: Dan Healy (Bob Wallace), Jon Simmons (Phil Davis), Christine Healy (Betty Haynes), Brenna Griswold (Judy Haynes), Mike Griswold (General Waverly), LaDelle Arnold (Martha), Sophie Marcus (Susan).  

The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front Street, Putnam, CT 06260-1942

Performances:

December 3 through 19, 2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:00pm

PRESS RELEASE

The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse has the perfect way to usher in the holiday season. Please join us as we present the beloved holiday tradition – Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas, The Musical." 

The show opens December 3rd and runs for three weekends. 

You will have a White Christmas, no matter what the weather is outside. 

Performances are December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30pm and December 5, 12 and 19 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $22.00 for seniors and students. 

Irving Berlin wrote the music and lyrics for White Christmas, and the book was written by David Ives and Paul Blake. 

The show first appeared as a film in 1954, which starred Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace, Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes and Vera-Ellen as Judy Haynes. 

The musical premiered in St. Louis in 2000. 

(Christine Healy as "Betty Haynes" and Dan Healy as "Bob Wallace" in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas the Musical" presented by The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse. Photo Courtesy of Jeanne Foley)

After World War II, former servicemen Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song and dance act.  They meet Betty and Judy Haynes, who are also singers, and follow them to their Christmas booking at an inn in Vermont, where they discover the establishment is owned by their former commanding officer, General Waverly.

Business is not good, so the four decide, with the help of Martha and the General’s granddaughter, Susan, to put on a big show to draw in patrons and help the General. 

Of course, there is plenty of singing and dancing, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. The TNECT performance of White Christmas is co-directed by Tonya Leigh Brock and Madeline Jaaskela.  

Diane Pollard is the Music Director and Keri Danner is the Choreographer. 

The Cast Includes: Dan Healy (Bob Wallace), Jon Simmons (Phil Davis), Christine Healy (Betty Haynes), Brenna Griswold (Judy Haynes), Mike Griswold (General Waverly), LaDelle Arnold (Martha), Sophie Marcus (Susan). They are supported by an enthusiastic singing and dancing ensemble. 

(Laurie Neal as "Rhoda," Jon Simmons as "Phil Davis" and Shannon Casey as "Rita" in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas the Musical" presented by The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse. Photo Courtesy of Jeanne Foley) 

The Bradley Playhouse is located at 30 Front Street (Route 44) in Putnam, CT.  

All seats are reserved. Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling 860-928-7887. 

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, either before the performance, or at the door if available. 

Purchasing your tickets ahead of time is always a good idea.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. 

With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. 

With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.

Tickets: $25 (ADULTS) & $22 (STUDENTS/SENIORS)

PURCHASE TICKETS

Please note: FLEX PASS holders need to CALL the Box Office to PURCHASE TICKETS


COVID 19 PROTOCOLS:

MASK POLICY

For your safety, Facial masks are required to be worn at all times while inside the Bradley Playhouse, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn completely covering the nose and mouth and must comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. If a patron does not have an acceptable mask, a mask will be provided.

VACCINATION POLICY 

Patrons will need to be fully vaccinated** with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine in order to be permitted to attend events at the Bradley Playhouse.

* Please note: These policies are based on current information and are subject to change. We are committing to the above requirements through October 31st 2021. Leading up to that date, we will review the current situation and any updated guidance from the CDC and the state of Connecticut to determine what changes may need to be made. All policy changes will be communicated on our website, and on our social media platforms.

ABOUT THE BRADLEY PLAYHOUSE

The Bradley Playhouse is a 117 year-old vaudeville theatre in the heart of the Putnam antiques and restaurant district in the “Quiet Corner” of Northeastern Connecticut.  Since 1991, the Bradley Playhouse has been managed by the volunteers of The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc. (TNECT).  

ABOUT THEATRE OF NORTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT

TNECT produces eight main season shows per year and a number of special fundraising events for The Bradley Playhouse Restoration Fund. TNECT’s mission is to produce and sponsor quality theatre and entertainment for the residents of Northeastern Connecticut and the surrounding areas, to encourage the development of creativity through the support of local artists, and to support education and hands-on experience in the creation, direction, and production of theatre and the performing arts.

The Bradley Playhouse

30 Front Street

PO Box 71

Putnam, CT 06260-1942