ZACH Theatre transforms Austin into a winter wonderland with White Christmas
Since 1954, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas has charmed holiday audiences with its festive costumes, dance numbers, and classic holiday songs, crooned by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.
The timeless film and its music have brought holiday cheer to families for more than half a century, cementing its status as a Christmas classic year after year.
“It beckons us to a time before cynicism and the social revolution of the 1960s, is a tribute to the great veterans of the second World War, and is a love letter to Broadway show folk,” - Nick Demos
In its first season, ZACH's new Topfer Theatre is bringing that longstanding holiday tradition to new heights on stage, with a new spin on White Christmas, directed and choreographed by Nick Demos.
Fans of the film will notice new songs peppered in among the classics, like "Happy Holidays," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and “Counting My Blessings,” performed by an all-star cast of 30 actors and a live orchestra.
Running through December 30, ZACH presents a new stage adaptation that transforms the theater into a winter wonderland, right before audience’s eyes. While honoring the great cinematic work of Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, the stage show takes on a life of its own.
“It beckons us to a time before cynicism and the social revolution of the 1960s, is a tribute to the great veterans of the second World War, and is a love letter to Broadway show folk,” says director and choreographer Nick Demos.
As Bob Wallace, returning ZACH performer Matt Redden shines, bringing his own talent to the role originated by Bing Crosby. New York guest artist Matt Gibson proves to be Redden’s perfect comedic counterpart, taking on the Danny Kaye-originated role of Phil Davis.
As Betty and Judy Haynes, Meredith McCall and Beth Koepp are lovely, singing, dancing and providing more than a few show-stopping moments. And in a role somewhat glazed over in the film adaptation, Barbara A. Schoenhofer is hilarious as Martha Watson, keeper of the Columbia Inn.
This holiday classic is a must-see on your family’s holiday wish list.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas runs December 5-30 at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre.