Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.
This licensed orchestration is based on the Original 2009 Broadway Production.
This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and it has 2 separate keyboard books, both of which have programming.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and will require an advanced player who is comfortable playing jazz standards and cocktail piano and has some familiarity with many of the Irving Berlin tunes in the score. There are several instances where the Keyboard 1 player also needs to improvise over complex jazz chords and slash marking. Although there are less than 50 patch changes in the part, there are additional sounds to go along with acoustic piano such as orchestral brass, music box, celeste, strings, harp, and bells.
Keyboard 2 has more of the orchestral padding in the programming that augments the live instrumentalists. Most of the patches in this book are strings with various articulations, but also include celeste, woodwinds, and magic bells among others. String books tend to be difficult so having an advanced player on this book who can navigate the part and the programming would be recommended.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: David Ives and Paul Blake
Music & Lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Music orchestrated by: Larry Blank
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by: Bruce Pomahac
Associate Musical Director: David Gursky
Additional Orchestrations: Peter Myers
Musical Supervisor: Rob Berman
Original 2009 Broadway Orchestra
Conductor: Rob Berman
Associate Conductor: David Gursky
Keyboards: David Gursky and Micah Young
Violin: Marilyn Reynolds, Paul Woodiel, Robin Zeh, Mary Whitaker and Susan French
Cello: Mairi Dorman and Danny Miller
Woodwinds: Steve Kenyon, Todd Groves, David Young, Allen Won and Mark Thrasher
Trumpet: Chris Jaudes, Rondald Buttacavoli and Elaine Burt
Trombone: Larry Farrell, Clint Sharman and Jeff Nelson
French Horn: David Byrd-Marrow
Percussion: Bill Hayes
Bass: Lou Bruno
Drums: Rich Rosenzweig
Musical Coordinator: Seymour ‘Red’ Press
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.