December 14 - 30
For the holidays, enjoy a true Christmas classic, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Based on the 1954 film of the same name, the musical follows army-veterans-turned-vaudeville-stars Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. Intent on wooing Betty and Judy Hanes, the boys follow the sister act to their gig at Vermont inn, only to discover the place is run by their beloved former commander. The boys agree to put on a show to draw visitors to the floundering lodge, all the while hoping for a white Christmas. Nominated for two Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards, the heartwarming new book by David Ives and Paul Blake incorporates Irving Berlin classics including “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and, of course, “White Christmas.”
|SCOT PATRICK ALLAN (Mike) created the development department at Gateway in early 2011. Yup, he’s the guy who introduces each performance and makes you really excited about the show you are about to see! (He also reminds you how important your support is to the Playhouse). He is elated to be on the stage after curtain goes up as he has been so many times before. Gateway acting credits include Evita, 42nd St, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly! and A Christmas Carol. Scot spent a few years on the Broadway revival tour of Grease! where he played Eugene and understudied
American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. Other tours include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, (u/s Jimmy Smith) and Grease! starring Frankie
Avalon (Eugene, u/s Doody.) Regionally he has performed at the Pioneer Theater Co ., McCarter Theater, Forestburgh Playhouse. Scot appeared
in and served as associate choreographer on Handel’s Messiah Rocks! which was a television special featuring the Boston Pops and starred Tony Award-Winner LaChanze. Scot would like to take a moment to thank all of the generous donors who make it possible for him to work at such an amazing theater that offers so much to the Suffolk County area and Long Island as a
whole – I am proud to know you. Happy Holidays!
|ALISSA ALTER (Judy Haynes) is beyond thrilled to be here at Gateway Playhouse! Favorite credits include: 1st national tour of A Chorus Line (Lois, u/s Val, Kristine, Bebe & Connie), Arena Stage’s The Music Man (Dance Captain), North Shore Music Theatre’s 42nd Street (Phyllis Dale). Alissa is a graduate of Skidmore College and proud equity member. Many thanks to Paul, Mary, David, Nathan, my new Gateway family, MSA, mom, dad, BB and my Shane. For Sassy .|
|BLAKE ARMITSTEAD (Ezekiel Foster) Blake is thrilled to be part of the production of White Christmas,and would like to thank The Gateway Family, Paul, Dave, Dom, and Michael for giving him an opportunity to act. Blake started acting in High school. His first big role was the Tinman in Wizard of Oz, which inspired him to pursue his acting career. Blake attended, and graduated from The School for Film and Television in New York City, and performed Improv at Don’t Tell Mama’s. Blake would like to thank his loving family, and Rachel for their support . For Aunt Carol.|
|MICHAEL EDWARD BAKER (Sheldrake u/s Bob Wallace u/s General Waverly) Michael is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production with such a talented cast and crew. Over the past ten years, Michael has been involved at Gateway Playhouse in many capacities- teaching in the acting school, assisting in the casting office and for the last five seasons as Company Manager. Michael has been seen in National Tours, NYC theatres and on the screen. Favorite regional theatre credits from near and far include: Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, Scarlet Pimpernel, Ragtime, The Secret Garden and more. Favorite Gateway credits include Ave Q (Brian) and A Christmas Carol (The Ghost of Jacob Marley). When not at Gateway, Michael has studied improv at the Groundlings School in LA and has appeared several times this year on DicoveryID channel, commercials and more! He thanks his Gateway Family, Jessica, JP, Rick, and Mom for their support. Michael has a BFA in Acting and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association . For Dad.|
|STEVE BRADY (General Waverly) is delighted to have been promoted to General after appearing as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady at Gateway earlier this season . Previously at Gateway: A Christmas Carol, the Musical, Hello Dolly!, Urinetown, and The Fantasticks . He’s appeared on Broadway, Inherit the Wind, and Off-Broadway at The Mint, Perry Street Theatricals, and Irish Arts Center . Regional credits include Better Days at Triad Stage; 12 Angry Men, Rep Theatre of St . Louis; King o’ the Moon, Cincinnati Playhouse; Spin, The Wilma; Tartuffe, Gulfshore Playhouse; Enigma Variations, Royal Alexandra, Toronto; The Seafarer and The Ladies Man, Shadowland . He’s toured nationally in The Exonerated, and went around the world with West Side Story in 2009 . On TV, Steve’s enjoyed appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order CI, Spin City, Seinfeld, Beverly Hills 90210 and others with residuals too small to mention . A proud Equity member since 1984 . As always, for Susie .|
|ELISH CONLON (Ensemble u/s Betty Haynes) is excited to be making her Gateway debut . She is a recent graduate from Montclair State University with her B .F .A in musical theatre . Off-Broadway: Requiem For A Lost Girl (choir). Regional: 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, Fiddler On the Roof, My Fair Lady, Sideshow, Sweet Charity and others . She would like to thank the Gateway family for this wonderful opportunity .|
|ALISON CORDARO (Susan Waverly) is thrilled to be back on the Gateway Stage after recently being a part of the children’s production of Into the Woods and The Little Mermaid Jr. Alison has also played roles in other Gateway productions and has come to feel at home on the Gateway stage . She can be seen in the movie, Brooklyn’s Finest, Chucky Cheese commercials, and is the voice of Geraldine from The Very Fairy Princess book series . Alison enjoys her acting lessons as well as singing and studying tap, ballet, and jazz . She is 11 years old and lives in Ridge with her Mom, Dad, brothers Joseph and Justin and her dogs Buster and Turbo . She would like to thank Dave and her family here at Gateway for giving her the opportunity to be a part of White Christmas and would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season . Alison hopes you enjoy this production as much as she has enjoyed being a part of it .|
|NIKKI DELLA PENTA (Rhoda) is delighted to make her Gateway Playhouse Debut! Broadway: Spamalot, 42nd Street (Phyllis u/s), A Christmas Carol. Other: Spamalot (1st National and original Vegas co), The Producers (Riverside), Funny Girl and Oklahoma (Sacramento), West Side Story (MUNY) . Radio City Rockette with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Numerous BCEFA performances, industrials, and has also danced with the Backstreet Boys . Thanks to Mary and Dave for this wonderful opportunity . Sending Christmas love to my family!|
|KIM DUFRENOY (Tessie, Mrs. Snoring Man, Sheldrake’s Secretary u/s Martha Watson) is a familiar face to Long Island theatre goers . She has appeared regionally in over 100 leading roles and has worn the hat of Producer, Director, and Choreographer . Twice a year, you can see Kim as her reoccurring character “Rosie” on the Julie London Show and in Funny Girl in February . Other credits include: TV, Commercials, ABC’s Cindy Eller with Keira Sedgwick, headliner at Bally’s in Atlantic City, numerous tours and backup singer for Peter Lemongello’s return tour . Off stage Kim teaches voice/acting and is a part time Sous Chef . Much love to Chris, Daniel, Noelle, and Max . Much thanks to the Gateway family for inviting me back for another show!|
|LAURIE DIFILIPPO (Ensemble u/s Judy Haynes) is delighted to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut . Favorite credits: 42nd Street (Lorraine), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Swing, U/S Tessie), Crazy For You (Louise), National Tour of Beauty and the Beast (Enchanted Object/Townsperson), and Melody Lingers On (Kathy) . Additionally, Laurie danced with the NYC based tap company CPDPlus and before moving to New York, was a choreographer at Disneyland in California . Love and thanks to my husband, Joe!|
|BETH GLOVER (Martha) is thrilled to be back after portraying Margaret the drunk in 9 to 5! Favorite Credits: 1st Nat’l Tours: All Shook Up (Mayor Matilda), Dirty Blonde (Jo/Mae), Promises Promises (Marge), The Taffetas (Donna); NYC: Lily in the Drama Desk Nominated Take Me Along at Irish Rep .; Cora opposite John Rubinstein in the Lortel winning Counsellor-at-Law at the Peccadillo . Regional: SFBACC Best Actress for Big Edie/Little Edie in Grey Gardens at TheatreWorks-Palo Alto, CA; Audrey in As You Like It at Shakespeare Theatre Co . Goodspeed; Paper Mill, Pioneer, Walnut Street and more . World Premieres: Book of Candy and The Good Girl is Gone both at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey . National Commercials & TV; Netflix her latest Film—Immigration Tango . Current club act: Mississippi VooDoo. Beth dedicates this one to musical theatre lovers who, like her, cry when it snows on stage . Complete credits: www.bethgloveractress .com|
|REBECCA GOLDFARB (Susan Waverly) Broadway Godspell (Lindsay), Off Broadway - My Perfect Pet (Cailin), Regional - Annie (Annie), Into The Woods (Little Red), Seussical (JoJo); TV: Primetime: What Would You Do, Team Umizoomi, WonderPets, Sesame Street; Radio/TV commercials: Disney, Fidelity, Amazon, Subway, Olive Garden. Rebecca’s thrilled to be in another Gateway production and thanks David, Paul, Michael, Dom, and Mary for this amazing experience and making this holiday season extra special for her . Happy Holidays! www.rebeccalynngoldfarb.com|
|ALICIA HEMANN (Ensemble) is originally from St . Louis, MO, and is excited to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut in White Christmas. Other credits include: Oklahoma!, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA . She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received a B.PA in dance performance . Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Garrett, and the rest of her family and friends for their continual love and support!|
|GRAHAM KEEN (Ensemble) is elated to be working on White Christmas here at the Gateway . National Tours: Young Frankenstein (Ensemble); Music Man (Ensemble, u/s Quartet) . Regional Favorites: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor); Hello Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper); Hairspray (IQ); as well as various ensemble credits in Mack and Mabel, Cabaret, Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, On Your Toes, Lady Be Good, Ragtime, and two High School Musicals . BA Wagner College, native of Nashville, TN . Endless love to family and friends for all of the support and inspiration .|
|MATTHEW J KILGORE (Dance Captain, Ensemble u/s Phil Davis) is excited to make his Gateway debut! IBWC year seven!!! Broadway: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Off-Broadway: No, No, Nanette. Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street. TV: Smash. Thanks Mary and Dave for believing in me. This one’s for you Grandma! www .matthewkilgore .net|
|MATTHEW LABANCA (Phil Davis) Broadway: Young Frankenstein (Frederick u/s, original cast), White Christmas (Jimmy/Scooter) . National Tours: Crazy for You (Bobby), The King and I (Kralahome), Anything Goes, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Simeon, cast album) . Regional: Backwards in High Heels (Fred Astaire), Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), JC Superstar (Pilate) . TV: 30 Rock, MTV’s Made, and Live from Lincoln Center . Met Opera extras chorus . Matthew is currently workshopping his one-man show Good For You. He thanks all his friends and family for coming out to support him tonight! www.matthewlabanca .com|
|EDWARD ANDREW LAWRENCE (Ensemble u/s Announcer, Mike) is thrilled to be back for his second production at the Gateway Playhouse . Originally from Gillette, Wyoming, he trained at Interlochen Arts Academy and Marymount Manhattan College . Credits include; West Side Story European/Asia Tour (Scherzo Soloist), CATS National Tour, Gateway Playhouse (Alonzo), and Annie Get Your Gun. Love and Thanks; Mom, Dad, Gateway Playhouse, and everyone whom has been there in my journey of life, love, and happiness . Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association .|
|TRISTA MOLDOVAN (Betty Haynes) comes directly from the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera where she played Christine, a role she
also played on the national tour (Denver Ovation Nomination, San Fran engagement, LA closing) . Favorite regional: Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arkansas Rep), Simeon’s Gift (Bay Street with Juile Andrews), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Riverside Theatre), Cosette in Les Miserables (regional premiere, Pioneer Theatre Co .) . TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories, All My Children, Guiding Light . Next up: Abigal in 1776 at Pittsburgh Public Theatre . Love to Stephen (newly wed!) . Thanks to everyone at Gateway . Happy Holidays!
|JANELLE NEAL (Rita) is truly excited to be performing at Gateway Playhouse, with the cast of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas . Past credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy), Dreamgirls (Deena understudy), Guys & Dolls (Hotbox Girl), 42nd Street (Ethel), Aida (Nehebka), Seesaw (Sophie), Oklahoma (Ellen), Anything Goes (Charity), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, and Black & Blue . She’s also performed overseas in Japan, Europe, Switzerland, Russia, and Germany . She thanks God, family and friends for their support .|
|JAKE PRIMMERMAN (Ensemble u/s Sheldrake, Snoring Man) is thrilled to be making his Gateway Playhouse debut in this production of Irving
Berlin’s White Christmas! Regional credits include 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, The Will Rogers Follies, Hairspray, Angelina Ballerina The Musical, and Christmas on Ice . TV/Film: Smash, The Rachel Ray Show, State Debate . Endless thanks to my family, friends and mentors for supporting and inspiring me . www .jakeprimmerman .com
|SEAN QUINN (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the Gateway after being part of their 60th season’s A Chorus Line and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels . There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than in your tap shoes and he gives many thanks to Mary, Randy and David for this opportunity . Proud AEA member . Love to his family, amazing friends and his Greek .Merry Christmas and Enjoy the show!!! www .Seanpatrickquinn .com|
SARA MICHELLE REARDON (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Gateway debut with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas! Favorite credits include Annie (Boylan Sister-NSMT), White Christmas (Papermill Playhouse), Career Transitions Benefit (42nd St Opening Number-City Center NYC) and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of CATS (Victoria) . Sara holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) . Endless love and thanks go out to her family and friends for their support .
|KELLY SKIDMORE (Ensemble) is delighted to be performing for the first time at Gateway Playhouse . Last year, she was seen performing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Paper Mill Playhouse . Favorite credits include: Backwards In High Heels (Ginger Rogers), Mame (Pegeen Ryan), Mack & Mabel, Crazy For You, and the Asia tour of 42nd Street. BA in Art Education, Otterbein
University, OH . Thank you to all my family and my one and only Duce . Happy Holidays!
|AMY VAN NORSTRAND (Ensemble) is delighted to return to The Gateway Playhouse and join the cast of White Christmas! Amy is a recent graduate of Point Park University, receiving a degree in Musical Theater and Dance . Most recently, Amy was seen in 9 to 5 (Ensemble/ Doralee u/s) at the Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse, and in 42nd Street (Ensemble/Phyllis u/s) at the John W . Engeman Theater . Other credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice), Evita (Ensemble), Peter Mills’ Illyria (Maria), and The Light in the Piazza (Ensemble) at the Pittsburgh Playhouse . Look for her next in the co-production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Maltz-Jupiter Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse . Merry Christmas everyone!|
|CHRISTOPHER VETTEL (Bob Wallace) is happy to be back at Gateway where, previously, he’s appeared in I Love a Piano (Alex), City of Angels (Jimmy Powers) and 1776 (Richard Henry Lee) . National Tour credits include the 30th Anniversary National Tour of Annie (Bert Healy) and the 2nd National Tour of Sunset Boulevard (Cliff/Joe Gillis u/s). He’s performed off-Broadway in Wanda’s World (45th St . Theatre) and Cactus Flower (Westside Theatre) . Overseas credits include the German Company of Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis) and the European tour of Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw) . Regional credits include Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa Claus), Westchester Broadway’s Phantom (Count Phillipe de Chandon), Flatrock Playhouse’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam Pontipee), Fireside Playhouse’s Titanic (Andrews), and Goodspeed Opera’s World Premiere of Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Charles Lindbergh) . He has also appeared, as soloist, with the Opera Company of Boston, Opera Cleveland, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in the final concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein . For more info, visit www .chrisvettel .com, or Chris Vettel – Fan Page on Facebook .
|CHAZ WOLCOTT (Ensemble) is “counting his blessings” for this opportunity! He’s been dreaming of a White Christmas for years! National Tour: Cats (Mistoffelees) . Regional: Lyric Theatre’s 42nd Street (Andy Lee), Fulton Theatre’s Gypsy (Yonkers-u/s Tulsa), Music Theatre of Wichita’s Damn Yankees (Mickey) & Cats (Mistoffelees), Westchester Broadway Theatre, Casa Mañana and Gretna Theatre . BFA Oklahoma City University. Gateway debut! Tons of love to Mom & Louie . Immeasurable gratitude to the Gateway Team! www .chazwolcott .com|
|JOVON SHUCK (Production Stage Manager) comes to Pinetree, Vermont and Gateway directly from the savannahs and Pridelands of the Gazelle Company of The Lion King . Other credits include: Noises Off, The Graduate and The Lion King (Broadway); Monty Python’s Spamalot (First National Tour); The Irish Curse (Off Broadway); Saint Heaven (SCA Rich Forum); The Seagull (NYSF/Public Theatre); six Christmases with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular; six summers at Gateway Playhouse; and eight wonderful years with Sheila Marie .|
|DAVID RUTTURA (Director) Theater Directing credits include Hot Mess in Manhattan (Araca Project), Wicked Fox (Juilliard), Electra in a One-Piece (Good Company/The Wild Project), He Who Laughs: Live (TAI Group/Ars Nova), Moustache Guys (Second Generation), The NewMusicalTheatre.com Launch Concert (Le Poisson Rouge), Koberet (Joe’s Pub, NYMF), Eddie Goshen is Dead (Fordham Playwrights Program), Red, White and Purple (Ensemble Studio Theater) . David is the Founder and the Artistic Director of Good Company (goodcompany .org) . Film Credits include web-series Dick Punch (Good Company) and STALKTalk. As an Associate Director, David has worked on Broadway (Follies, Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, White Christmas, A Man for All Seasons), Off-Broadway (Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout), regionally (Kennedy Center, LaJolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Co.), and internationally (Ben Hur Live) . Currently, Resident Director of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway . David got his professional start working backstage as a substitute technician at Gateway and over a number years, worked his way through the ranks learning the ins and outs of theater from all angles . During his time here, he directed Peter Pan & The Jungle Book for Gateway’s Children’s Theater, both choreographed by Mary Giattino, and a longtime collaboration and friendship began . David is eternally grateful for the invaluable skills he was able to learn during his formative years at Gateway and is thrilled to be back home working on this very special show with Mary . Thanks to Paul, Dom, Jovon and the rest of the gang for making this one possible .|
|MARY GIATTINO (Choreographer) is so grateful to be back at Gateway working on a show which brings her incredible amounts of joy and at the Theater where she received all of her theatrical training along with the fondest of childhood memories . Choreography credits at the Gateway Playhouse include Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street . For five years, Mary served as Assistant Choreographer (to the amazing Choreographer Randy Skinner) and Dance Captain/Swing, in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, in both Broadway productions, in addition to LA, Detroit and Toronto companies . Last spring Mary completed her work as Associate Choreographer for the Networks National Tour of Billy Elliot, in addition to acting as Resident Choreographer/ Swing for the original Touring Company of Billy Elliot (Working Title Productions) . As a tap expert, she was also responsible for training the children in tap for Billy Elliot on Broadway . She was Assistant Choreographer to Mr . Skinner in City Center Encores! productions of, No No Nanette and Of Thee I Sing . A few favorite performance credits include; Broadway national tour of 42nd Street (swing), kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette, shaking hands with President Obama at the Kennedy Center’s production of Some Enchanted Evening (a tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy), in addition to performing in over 30 Gateway Playhouse as well as Gateway Acting School productions and many other Regional Theaters across the country . As a tap teacher she has been on faculty at Steps On Broadway in NYC . Mary is the new Owner and Artistic Director of Stage Door School of Dance, in East Patchogue, NY (stagedoordancer .com) . Many thanks to Randy Skinner for his blessing and support to use his beautiful Original Choreography, my amazing friends and family, Ruth, Paul, Robin, my partner in crime - David Ruttura, Matty K . and my amazingly supportive husband, Ricky . MaryGiattino .com|
|NATHAN W. PERRY (Musical Director) Previously at Gateway: A Christmas Carol (2006), Show Boat (2008), and ‘S Wonderful (2011; also the national tour) . Other tours: The Pajama Game, Ring of Fire, Shout! the Mod Musical and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Some regional credits: Harbor Lights Theatre Co . (My Way), West Virginia Public Theatre (Hairspray), Cohoes MusicHall (Ain’t Misbehavin’, La Cage Aux Folles and Kiss Me, Kate), Allenberry Playhouse (The Full Monty, Oklahoma!, Clue: the Musical and Into the Woods), and Gretna Theatre (Cole, Big River, The Fantasticks, A Grand Night For Singing, The Robber Bridegroom and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) . In 1991, Nathan portrayed Huck Finn in the Mark Twain Musical Drama (Elmira, NY), and has since been confined to orchestra pits and bandstands . Originally from Rochester, where Christmases are frequently white, he holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, which immediately landed him a job as a pizza deliveryman, and has been seen tickling the ivories at sea from Halifax to Hong Kong . For Mary T ., who was Christmas, and always will be .|
|KORRIE PALIOTTO (Assistant Musical Director) is a music director, composer/lyricist, and vocal coach from San Diego, California, and has music directed at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Lyric Opera, and San Diego State University. She is a dedicated educator and has led outreach programs at the San Diego Opera and San Diego Junior Theatre and is the co-founder of the Pacific Children’s Theatre for which she wrote the score and lyrics for two original children’s musicals. She holds her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Korrie is thrilled to be making her Gateway debut as assistant musical director for Phantom.|
|JOSE SANTIAGO (Lighting Designer) is super excited to be designing White Christmas at Gateway . This season is Jose’s tenth season with Gateway working in many different capacities . Past designs include: S’ Wonderful (Gateway), Meet Me in St. Louis (Gateway), The Drowsy Chaperone (FSU), Waiting for Godot (FSU), The Miser (FSU), Later the Same Evening (FSU) and many dance pieces at Florida State . Many thanks to Paul for allowing me to go from an electrics intern ten years ago to designing White Christmas today . (jsantiagodesign .com)|
|RANDY SKINNER (Choreography) Shows include: 42nd Street (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire nominations), Ain’t Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), After The Night And The Music (MTC/Biltmore), Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face The Music, No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (the last five at City Center Encores), Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination), Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (West End), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/Pasadena Playhouse), An American In Paris (Alley Theatre) . In Los Angeles: Garry Marshall’s Happy Days, Hello Dolly (with Nell Carter), Pal Joey (with Dixie Carter, Elaine Stritch), Strike Up The Band (with Tom Bosley) . He has received the LA Drama Critics, LA Dramalogue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics, and Cleveland Times Theatre Award .|
|R&H THEATRICALS (Licensor) represents the stage performance rights to over 100 musicals by more than 200 writers . These include works by Rodgers & Hammerstein (including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, And The Sound Of Music), Rodgers & Hart (Pal Joey, Babes In Arms), and Kern & Hammerstein (Show Boat), as well as musicals by Irving Berlin (Annie Get Your Gun, White Christmas), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera), Adam Guettel (The Light In The Piazza, Floyd Collins), Kurt Weill (The Three Penny Opera, Lady In The Dark), such perennials as Big River, Once Upon A Mattress, and Footloose, and the longest running revues in the history of Broadway – Smokey Joe’s Café – and Off-Broadway – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change . Recently added titles include In The Heights, A Catered Affair, It’s Only Life, [title of show], Love Musik, Face The Music, Reefer Madness, Altar Boyz, Bernarda Alba, Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, and Bright Lights, Big City. R&H Theatricals is an Imagem company: www .rnh .com .|
December 21, 2012
A Christmas Show Within a Show
Adapted from the 1954 movie from which it takes its name, which starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, this musical made its debut on Broadway in 2008 and was reprised the following year. Many critics scorned it, finding the play lacking in substance and the execution overly slick. Those faults are either absent or irrelevant this time around. (Read complete review here)
Dan's HamptonsGenevieve Horsburgh
December 19, 2012
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”
Gateway’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas brings together two brilliant Long Island natives—director David Ruttura and choreographer Mary Giattino—who are no strangers to the Gateway family, both began their successful Broadway careers at the barn in Bellport.
Based on the 1954 film of the same name, which featured Hollywood legends Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas tells the tale of war buddies Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, turned stage performers. Through a series of events, they take on the task of saving their general’s failing Vermont Inn. Alongside the sister act of Betty and Judy Haynes—played by Trista Moldovan and Alissa Alter—they plan to put on a production that will put their beloved general back in business for good. We see Betty and Judy in action for the first time in the laughter inducing number “Sisters” where they dance around with giant feather fans—hilarious! After the guys watch the Haynes’ performance, Judy and Phil hatch a plan to get Betty and Bob together by tricking Bob into getting on the train to Vermont.
Christopher Vettel and Matthew LaBanca take on the roles of the charming song and dance duo. When Vettel, as Bob Wallace, begins to croon, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…” the warmth of his rich voice will melt your heart. LaBanca as the carefree, fun-loving Phil Davis is a true charmer with some fine tap-dancing feet. One of my favorite numbers was the lively “I Love a Piano,” where Phil and Judy lead a tap dancing routine that had my toes twitching. Not only are LaBanca and Alter ridiculously good tap dancers, but they also make a wonderful duo, staying in sync with both their feet and their voices.
General Henry Waverly is played by the familiar face of Steve Brady, who we saw this past summer as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady. As the gruff but loveable General, Waverly is once again a treat to watch. His secretary and housekeeper Martha Watson, played by the talented Beth Glover, is a fun-loving, no-nonsense lady who will make you cackle with her playful jokes and spot-on timing.
In the midst of putting on a production that will save the inn, there is love a-brewing between the Phil and Judy and Bob and Betty. Judy is the more carefree sister, so she and Phil hit it off right away, while Betty and Bob take a bit longer to admit their feelings for each other. As Betty Haynes, Trista Moldovan is serene, beautiful, with a voice that instantly creates a hush over the room. No one wants to interrupt the beauty of her singing. Her solo number “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” is sultry and spellbinding. Bob can’t help but be drawn to her, and I found myself rooting for the star-crossed lovers who encounter many obstacles on their mutual journey towards love.
What’s a Christmas show without some caroling? We all know the words to “White Christmas,” and who doesn’t like to be a part of the show, especially with such a talented cast? Although in the beginning it seems the Vermont winter would let everyone down, but with so many people wishing (and singing!) for a white Christmas, how could it not come true?
The folks at Gateway went all out with this production, bringing the set in from Broadway. The multiple backdrops were huge and so vivid—it’s truly enchanting, the way Christmas comes to life. Once again Gateway transports us from Long Island to Broadway, without the long ride. The huge production numbers in the show are Broadway caliber, a fact that can be attested to by the talent on stage as well as behind the scenes.
The snow was so realistic that at the end I expected to walk outside and see snow on the ground. At least we can dream.
Gateway’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is playing at the Patchogue Theatre through December 30. For tickets and information visit www.gatewayplayhouse.com.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at The Gateway
Whenever you see a production presented by the Gateway Theatre, you're in for a wonderful event. Their current musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, based on the Paramount Pictures film, is no exception. This David Ruttura directed production is even fortunate to have the original sets and choreography as the Broadway showing (more on that later).
Running through December 30th at The Patchogue Theatre on Main Street in Patchogue, just west of their Bellport venue, the beautifully talented cast is lead by Christopher Vettel and Matthew Labanca. Set in 1944, World War II Army buddies Bob Wallace, portrayed by Mr. Vettel, and Phil Davis, portrayed by Mr. LaBanca, partner up to become a song and dance act after they are discharged from the war. Being that the movie version had Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace and Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, top notch performers were needed and these great actors delivered. Their bond was strong and complimented each other well.
Bob and Phil meet a singing sister duo, Betty and Judy Haynes, portrayed by Trista Moldovan and Alissa Alter, respectively. Bob and Phil were originally going to take their act south but end up going to a Vermont resort where the sisters are headed. Ms. Moldovan and Ms. Alter were fantastic in their roles. Their stunning performance of "Sisters", complete with blue dresses and large feathered fans, in the first act was an audience favorite.
Coincidentally, the resort they go to is owned by their old Army commander General Henry Waverly portrayed by Steve Brady. At this time, business is slow at the resort due to the lack of snow. Bob and Phil get in touch with another army buddy, Ralph Sheldrake, portrayed by Michael Baker, to have their old division come to the resort to check out their new act featuring The Haynes Sisters. The most poignant part of the show comes from General Waverly where he gives a very emotional speech thanking those who came. During the speech, he acknowledged the audience as if it were a banquet hall of soldiers he commanded the year before.
General Waverly's manager at the resort was the bossy Martha Watson portrayed by Beth Glover. As a former Broadway actress, the demure Martha surprises everyone with her strong voice offering to be part of the act they're putting together. While Ms. Glover was a fine Martha Watson, a more comedic/shtick outlet may have been great for the role. Another highlight was Gateway student Alison Cordaro as Susan, the General's granddaughter. Bitten by the acting bug as she's watching everyone rehearse for the show at the resort, Susan sings "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" in act two to everyone's enthusiastic approval.
s mentioned, the choreography and sets Gateway used were part of the Broadway production. Choreographer Mary Giattino did a wonderful job recreating the mostly tap performances. The sets were beautiful as well. The most elaborate was a scene where they're in a high class jazz club with palm trees, porcelain fountains, and people dressed to the nines. The barn they rehearsed in had wooden walls that went all the way up to the rafters and into the wings. The costumes added to the ambiance from Bob and Phil's Army fatigues to the Santa inspired dresses Betty and Judy wore for the big ending number, everyone looked stunning.
As you can see, this is one production that should not be missed this holiday season. A beautiful and enthusiastic cast and playful music (including the show's namesake) will make for a dazzling evening of theatre.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas is presented at Patchogue Theatre by the Gateway Theatre company through December 30th. Based on the Paramount Film; Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by David Ives and Paul Blake, Directed by David Ruttura, Musical Direction by Nathan Perry, Choreography by Mary Giattino, Wardrobe Supervision by Marianne Dominy, Original Scenic Design and Scenic Pieces by Anna Louizos, Orchestrations by Larry Blank, Vocal and Dance Arrangements by Bruce Pomahac.
December 17, 2012
'White Christmas' brings joy, even now
I'm not a humbug kind of guy. But in my gloomy frame of mind last weekend, I was predisposed to dislike "Irving Berlin's White Christmas."
My mood had nothing to do with the actors or Gateway Playhouse producers. And certainly not Berlin. It had everything to do with the obscene incongruity of the holidays against the headlines emanating from Connecticut. But when 11-year-old Alison Cordaro of Ridge defiantly belted out "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," it was a powerful cue that it's OK to enjoy ourselves. (Rebecca Goldfarb alternates in the child role of Susan.)
Truth is, I was already beginning to warm to this musical, inspired by two tepid films -- 1942's "Holiday Inn" and 1954's "White Christmas" -- enhanced by additions from the Berlin songbook. Like its predecessors, this isn't strictly a holiday show. It's the story of two wartime Army buddies who go on to Broadway stardom. But after learning that their general is failing financially with his Vermont resort hotel, they come to the rescue with a musical and a full house. Along the way, they enlist two showgirl sisters who, of course, capture their hearts.
But romance requires obstacles. So we find that Phil, played with a carefree sense of mischief by Matthew LaBanca, is a song-and-dance guy in more ways than one. His eyes wander past the adoring gaze of blond sis Judy (Alissa Alter), a girl-next-door who hoofs like a pro. Bob is the serious type. Christopher Vettel supplies him with enough gravitas that we're surprised when he lightens up to sing "Love and the Weather" and deliver a "Count Your Blessings" lullaby to little Susan. That's enough to melt Betty, frostily played by Trista Moldovan, who reveals her torch for Bob on "How Deep Is the Ocean."
Complications arise involving the general -- a crusty Steve Brady -- and his busybody singing concierge Martha (Beth Glover).
Director David Ruttura brings these disparate threads together in a flowing tapestry woven on Anna Louizos' original 2008 Broadway set. Nathan Perry's 10-piece orchestra sets the pace for re-creating Randy Skinner's original '40s-style choreography (think Fred and Ginger) executed by Mary Giattino's lithe dance team -- especially on Act II's "I Love a Piano" opener.
"White Christmas" makes it OK to smile again, through tears, while singing along: "I'm dreaming ..."
December 18, 2012
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Patchogue Theatre – Review
This past weekend my 13-year old niece and I attended a performance of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Patchogue Theatre. The play is being presented by the Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County.
Before telling you my thoughts on the show, I need to preface them with the fact that I have seen the movie White Christmas about 20 times. I have watched it every Christmas for the past 20 years. I know all the songs and the dance routines by heart. My niece had never seen White Christmas before; I gave her a brief summary of the show before it started.
For those of you, like me, who are devotees of the movie, there are scenes that have been cut, others that have been changed as well as songs that have been added. Some of the changes enhance the production, while others I believe detract. However, to be perfectly clear, these changes were not made by the Gateway but by the original team that brought White Christmas to the stage. That said, my niece who had never seen the movie before enjoyed the show immensely.
The staging of the show was amazing. The sets that are used are all from the original Broadway show, and they are some of the best that I have seen on Broadway or off. The dance numbers were simply fantastic. The choreographer obtained permission to use the original Broadway choreography, so theatergoers are able to see the show as it appeared on Broadway a couple of years ago.
Trista Moldovan who played Betty Haynes had an absolutely amazing voice. When she sang Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me she gave me chills. Christopher Vettel, who played Bob Wallace was perfectly cast. If I closed my eyes, I would have thought I was back in my living room listening to Bing Crosby. He had one of the best voices I have had the privilege to hear in 18 years of attending the theater. I thought Beth Glover captured the essence of Martha, the Inn Concierge, perfectly. She had great comedic timing as well as a great singing voice.
Overall, I thought it was a good production and I would definitely recommend it. It would be a great afternoon or evening out for either you and your spouse, or with an older child 12 plus years of age.
The show is running until December 30. Tickets are $52 per person for Tuesday and Wednesday matinees, $54 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as well as both performances on Sunday and $58 for Friday and Saturday performances. Student tickets, for those 25 years or younger are available for $25. Please check http://www.gatewayplayhouse.com for more information on show times and to purchase tickets.
|Bob Wallace||Christopher Vettel*||
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|Phil Davis||Matthew LaBanca*|
|Betty Haynes||Trista Moldovan*|
|Judy Haynes||Alissa Alter*|
|General Henry Waverly||Steve Brady*|
|Martha Watson||Beth Glover*|
|Susan Waverly||Alison Cordaro and Rebecca Goldfarb|
|Ralph Sheldrake||Michael E. Baker*|
|Rhoda||Nikki Della Penta*|
|Ezekial Foster||Blake Armitstead|
|Mike||Scot Patrick Allan*|
|Cigarette Girl||Kelly Skidmore|
|Snoring Man||Michael E. Baker*|
|Mrs. Snoring Man||Kim Dufrenoy|
|Train Conductor||Jake Primmerman|
|Dance Captain||Matthew J. Kilgore*|
|Assistant Seamstress||Elish Conlon|
|Ed Sullivan Announcer||Scot Patrick Allan*|
|Sheldrake's Secretary||Kim Dufrenoy|
|Ensemble||Scot Patrick Allan*, Michael E. Baker*, Elish Conlon, Nikki Della Penta*, Laurie DiFilippo, Alicia Hemann, Graham Keen, Matthew J . Kilgore*,
Edward Andrew Lawrence, Janelle Neal*, Jake Primmerman, Sean Quinn*, Sara Michelle Reardon, Kelly Skidmore, Amy Van Norstrand, Chaz Wolcott
|Bob Wallace||Michael E. Baker*|
|Phil Davis||Matthew J. Kilgore*|
|Ralph Sheldrake/Snoring Man||Jake Primmerman|
|General Henry Waverly||Michael E. Baker*|
|Betty Haynes||Elish Conlon|
|Judy Haynes||Laurie DiFilippo|
|Martha Watson||Kim Dufrenoy|
|Announcer/Mike||Edward Andrew Lawrence|
*Actors employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
|Conductor/Keyboard I||Nathan W. Perry|
|Keyboard II||Korrie Paliotto|
|Reed I||Michael Kendrot|
|Reed II||Mitch Kamen|
|Trumpet I||Dan Yeager|
|Trumpet II||Tim Ouimette|
Board of Directors
|Executive Producer||Ruth Allan|
|Associate Producer||Jeff Bellante|
|General Manager||Dom Ruggiero|
|Company Manager||Michael Baker|
|Assistant Company Manager||Rachel Colson|
|Director of Development/ Assistant to the Producer||Scot Patrick Allan|
|Administrative Assistant||Jessica Norland|
|Development Assistants||Don Rebar, Emily Denison|
|Musical Director||Nathan W. Perry|
|Lighting Designer||Rev. Jose Santiago|
|Wig Designer||Trent Pcenicni|
|Sound Designer||Adam Schbert|
|Assistant Musical Director||Korrie Paliotto|
|Production Photographer||Jeff Bellante|
|Assistant Costume Designer||Megan Moore|
|Musical Contractor||Jeff Hoffman|
|Scenic Consultant||Rick Styles|
|Acting School Director||Robin Joy Allan|
|Teaching Staff||Bethany C. Dellapolla, Brian Gligor|
|Box Office Manager||Laurie Hunter|
|House Manager||Joanne Famiglietti|
|Box Office Staff||Don Rebar, Beth Harrison, Nadine Hazard,
Ryan Hudak, Diane Rodino-Koerber, Francesca Welhous
|Production Manager||Brian Loesch|
|Associate Production Manager||Justin Hoffman|
|Production Stage Manager||Jovon Shuck|
|Technical Director||John Sabo|
|Wardrobe Supervisor||Marianne Dominy|
|Master Electrician||Colin Chauche|
|Sound Engineer||Adam Shubert|
|Wig and Make-up Supervisor||Trent Pcenicni|
|Assistant Technical Director||AJ Lebens|
|Props Master||Brendan Conroy|
|Assistant Master Electrician||Justin Michel|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Maegan Passafume and Bethany Sortman|
|Shop Foreman/Deck Chief||Greg Marullo|
|Scenic Artist||Cassie Lentz|
|Wardrobe Assistant||Dave Burrington|
|Sound Assistant||Zach Ireson|
|Electricians||Natalie Paige, Rebecca Armstrong|
|Technicians||Maxx Henry, Preston Sullivan, Rob Brey, Blake Armitstead|
|Wig Assistant||Mitch Domer|
|General Technician Interns||Tyrell Brown, Bobbie Figueroa|
|Facilities Manager||Mark Frederick L.M.H.|
|Concessions and Hospitality Manager||Blake Armitstead|
|Cleaning Contractor||Joe Martinez and Jasper Bailey|
|Grounds Maintenance||HTM Landscaping Company|
|General Counsel||Ann L. Nowak|
LI premiere of 'Berlin's White Christmas'Originally published in NEWSDAY: December 12, 2012 1:07 PM
Updated: December 13, 2012 9:55 AM
By STEVE PARKS
If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, the only guarantee is to catch the musical making its Long Island premiere Friday night.
The recent December heat wave mirrors one that thickens the plot of the 1954 film "White Christmas" (a remake of 1942's "Holiday Inn"). Warm December weather results in cancellations at a Vermont inn that counts on ski conditions during the holidays.
"People forget that the movie was more about Army buddies and romance than Christmas," says David Ruttura, associate director of Broadway's "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" who directs the Gateway Playhouse production at the Patchogue Theatre.
Two World War II vets who became celebrity song-and-dance men remain loyal to the general under whom they served. When they learn the retired general's inn faces financial ruin because of unseasonably warm weather, they bring their Broadway show to Vermont -- and to the rescue. But ulterior motives emerge: Two singing sisters booked at the inn catch the eye of the eligible bachelors. Their course to true love runs as smoothly as a barren ski slope.
ON 'SPIDER' LEAVE Ruttura, who got his start at Gateway behind the scenes of "West Side Story," is taking time off as resident director of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." ("I joined just after all the fun," he says with a laugh, alluding to the show's serial mishaps.) Ruttura is joined by another Gateway alum, choreographer Mary Giattano. The East Patchogue native launched her career at age 7 in "The Wizard of Oz."
The libretto for "White Christmas" was written by David Ives, an unlikely diversion by the author of Broadway's sadomasochism hit, "Venus in Fur."
"There are a few Ives one-liners sprinkled in," says Ruttura. "But it's his ear for '50s vocabulary that stands out."
Irving Berlin's name was added to the title when the composer's estate opened his catalog to the show's producers. "Happy Holidays," "Let Yourself Go," "I Love a Piano" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?" supplement the film score, best known, of course, for its title tune -- the world's most popular Christmas song -- written by a Russian-Jewish immigrant.
TALKING FEET But dance is as much a part of the show's "vocabulary" as dialogue. Giattano persuaded Randy Skinner to allow Gateway to borrow his original Broadway choreography. "Very few big-name choreographers give permission," Giattano says, "without demanding lots of zeros on a check."
She describes the dance style as "soft and shaded -- like Fred and Ginger telling a story and falling in love."
But during rehearsal on Gateway's Bellport campus, the "Love a Piano" number that opens Act II was a boisterous group tap exercise. Giattano whooped her approval.
As for a white Christmas, the show guarantees one: It's no spoiler to reveal that it snows in Vermont.
Just when we need a little
Gateway’s Irving Berlin musical comes to the Patchogue Theatre
BY LINDA LEUZZI
(appeared in the Long Island Advance 12/6/12)
The Gateway’s new production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” may not have Hollywood stars from the golden years like Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
But it does have East Patchogue local Mary Giattino as its choreographer, and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” resident director David Ruttura, who is also directing this beloved musical. There’s also the original Broadway set, as well as Scot Patrick Allan, Gateway’s assistant to producer Paul Allan and director of development, in a starring role. Rehearsals start next Monday; the show will run from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The musical, which played on Broadway in 2009 at the Marquis Theatre (it toured before that from 2004), is based on the 1954 smash hit movie featuring Crosby and Kaye as successful Broadway partners. They stay at a ski resort in Vermont owned by their old Army General, who may have to pack it in because snow’s been lacking. The guys provide a Broadway revue to help out; Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen were the love interests and there are great song-and-dance scenes as well as heartwarming moments. Will it snow? Will people come to the revue? Will it be standing-room-only at the inn?
Revelation is better in person.
What most people aren’t familiar with are the powerhouse backgrounds of Giattino and Ruttura outside the theatre world. Both met doing “Peter Pan,” then “Jungle Book” at Gateway’s children’s theater shows back in 2002. Giattino, then 21, was an ensemble dancer; Ruttura at 19 was a flyman, and they clicked. Giattino went on to become a swing in Broadway’s “White Christmas,” as well as assistant choreographer and assistant dance captain in 2009. She even appeared with the cast in a skating number for “Good Morning America” that year. (A short resume synopsis includes stints as a Radio City Rockette as well as tap teacher to the company of “Billy Elliot.” She’s currently artistic and executive director of Stage Door School of Dance in Patchogue.)
Ruttera has served as associate director of the recent “Follies,” and assistant director of “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and “A Man for All Seasons,” as well as associate director of “Lombardi.” He’s taking a leave of absence from “Spider- Man” to do the Gateway show. Ruttera actually took the train from the city to sit in on the Advance interview, then returned an hour later to Manhattan.
There’s an affectionate, humorous chemistry between Ruttera and Giattino; both work hard, respect their careers with an organic, disciplined approach, and are grateful.
“We were so lucky to be working with such a creative team,” Giattino said of their time with “White Christmas,” especially their Broadway run. Choreographer and director Randy Skinner, who has worked on such heavy hitters as “42nd Street,” was an intrinsic part of the show.
“Dave and I ran back and forth, sharing charts,” she said. “‘White Christmas’ is an old-school, gorgeous, traditional Broadway piece. There are seven production numbers with dancers and principles. To keep it organized, we charted every single scene — circles for girls, squares for guys — and know where everyone would stand at all times.”
“You’re trying to create these pictures on stage,” Ruttera explained of the scenes. “Someone has to be there to push off the bench,” added Giattino of the complex staging and its importance.
They also credited the meticulous training of their Gateway experiences. “It’s the best crash-course training you’ll ever get,” Giattino said of the shows they starred in.
The musical features famous songs like “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Sisters” and “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.”
Any changes in store for this production?
The changes will be small, Giattino said. “The biggest change is that there are two less men; there are eight women and six men.” Not to worry. The cast is still a big one, 26 altogether. Chris Vettel will play the Bing Crosby role; Vettel played the lead in Gateway’s “I Love a Piano.” Trista Moldovan, who just completed her long run as Christine in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera,” signed on for the Rosemary Clooney part as Betty Haynes. Beth Glover, who was in Gateway’s recent “Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5,” is Martha Watson. Matthew LaBanca will portray the Danny Kaye part. Two Gateway Acting School students, Alison Cordaro and Rebecca Goldfarb, will share the Susan Waverly character. Steve Brady, who played Pickering in “My Fair Lady,” is General Waverly, the innkeeper, in the show.
Mike the stage manager will look especially familiar to Gateway fans; Scot Allan, who pumps up audiences before each performance, will morph into that character.
Giattino was excited that Randy Skinner would come out to supervise the rehearsals. “We’ll recreate his choreography,” she said. “It’s a major deal to have someone’s blessing and supervision on something they’ve created. That doesn’t happen often. He came to the final callback to the dancers. He trusts Dave and me.”
Gateway producer Paul Allan had been trying to get the show since it opened, she pointed out. Persistence usually triumphs; he was successful this year and also with getting the Broadway set, Giattino said. It’s Gateway’s first three-week holiday show.
Irving Berlin, whose songs are featured, penned a thousand during his prolific, successful career. His works are trademarked under the Irving Berlin Music Co., part of the Rodgers & Hammerstein, An Imagen Company umbrella. “The Berlin sisters [Berlin’s daughters] are still alive,” explained Ruttera. “They care very much about this musical.”
So, the final question was, will it snow on the Patchogue Theatre stage?
“It’s a gorgeous set with endless amounts of scenery and stunning drops,” Ruttera answered. “It will snow on stage. It’s the Christmas you’ve always been dreaming of.”