White Christmas

When: Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22 2013

The official title is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical, but fans of the entertaining 1954 Hollywood film on which it’s based won’t know the difference. It’s essentially the same story, reworked originally for a 2004 San Francisco stage premiere, which was followed by Broadway engagements and tours in the U.K., Australia and the U.S. (including Nashville in 2009). Having mounted the lovably corny songfest three years ago, Larry Keeton Theatre offers an encore staging co-directed by the indefatigable team of Ginger Newman and Jamie London. In place of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, we get Jonathan Perry, Noah Rice, Tonya Pewitt (who was in Keeton’s 2010 version) and Melissa Silengo, plus local stage veteran Terry McLemore as crusty/softie ex-WWII Gen. Henry Waverly. The songs are warm and/or reassuringly familiar (“Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Snow,” “Count Your Blessings,” not to mention the great title tune), plus a couple of Berlin classics (that have nothing to do with Christmas) thrown in for good measure. And don’t forget, it’s dinner theater: Call 883-8375 for reservations.

Martin Brady

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