White Christmas at the Buell Theatre

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Jessica Cardall writes, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas played on November 23 – December 30, 2007, at the Buell Theatre in downtown Denver.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas played on November 23 – December 30, 2007, at the Buell Theatre in downtown Denver. As a Christmas present I received two tickets to the show, White Christmas. On December 27, my mom and I took the light rail to the Buell Theatre. The light rail has a stop that lets you off across the street from the theatre. The lobby at the theatre has souvenirs you can buy, and food to snack on while you wait for the show to start (no food or drink allowed in the actual theatre). We sat in the fourth row of the balcony and we could see and hear just fine. The play itself was magnificent! The main characters are Bob and Phil (former army buddies) who are now famous stars in the song and dance business. Also, there are Judy and Betty, sisters of dogface Fred (another army buddy), who sing a sister act in a small nightclub. “Fred” writes a letter asking Phil and Bob if they could watch his sisters perform. They agree, and for Phil and Judy it’s love at first sight. So Phil follows the sisters to Vermont, dragging Bob with him. When they come to the inn where the skiers, sledders, and snow lovers commonly stay, the weather finds them at 79°F. Everyone leaves except Bob, Phil, Judy, and Betty. They plan to combine their shows and move the whole production to Vermont, to help support the inn. The innkeeper (their old army general) is failing to pay the bills. After some confusion and many ups and downs, Bob gets the Army company under the general’s former command to stay at the inn for Christmas. Bob and Betty fall in love. The musical concludes to snow. Manmade snow also fell on the audience. Although the play White Christmas has finished with its showing, try seeing My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, or Sweeney Todd, musicals playing this year at the Buell Theatre.

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