Sunset Boulevard – Concert Musical – Review – Showtunes Theatre Company

@showsiveseen @Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" concert musical at Cornish Playhouse by Showtunes Theatre Company. Powerful excentric #diva portrayal from @billieville. Rich tenor from @Matthew Kacergis. #Epic songs followed by long applauses. #Glorious string section/score. Tragically beautiful story. I'm downloading the soundtrack! Review: showsiveseen.com/7875 Director: @kitchenskelly Music Director: Nathan Young Stage Manager: Aaron Alonso #sunsetBoulevard #showsiveseen #theatre #NormaDesmond #hollywood #AndrewLloydWebber ♬ original sound – The Kennedy Center

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Sunset Boulevard concert musical at Cornish Playhouse by Showtunes Theatre Company. Powerful excentric diva portrayal from Billie Wildrick. Rich tenor from Matthew Kacergis. Epic songs followed by long applauses. Glorious string section/score. Tragically beautiful story. I’m downloading the soundtrack!

Recommendation
See it, especially if you enjoy musicals performed as concerts.


Synopsis from the Theatre: The plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her return to the big screen, with romance and tragedy to follow.

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 2/3/24 – Keep your eyes peeled for my preview posts if you want earlier notification of shows I’ve seen. Get your tickets now since this show’s entire run is only 4 performances!

Type: Musical performed as a concert

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Static (Stationary) Set? N/A – There was no set since this was a musical performed as a concert.

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but you’d probably enjoy this more if you’ve either seen original the film or seen the full non-concert production of the original musical. However, I haven’t seen either and I still enjoyed this production. It just required a little more imagination than usual.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes, a 25-person orchestra

Equity Actors: 5

Total Number of Actors: 23

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium Speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours

Was there an intermission? Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? Absolutely!

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Favorite Lines:
    • Something like “If I lose my car, it’s like having my legs cut off.” What a poignant testament to American life especially in LA!
    • “There’s nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25.”
  • Epic Songs: This musical was filled with epically-performed songs. I’m definitely downloading the soundtrack! The audience went wild with long applause and some standing ovation after the following memorable songs.
    • “New Ways to Dream”
    • “With One Look” – What a hook!
    • “Sunset Boulevard”
    • “As If We Never Said Goodbye”
  • Score and Strings: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score allowed the orchestra string section to shine. The glorious overture reminded me of the high-quality orchestras that 5th Avenue Theatre is known for.
  • Norma Desmond: It was a joy to watch Billie Wildrick dramatically portray the excentric melancholic diva Norma Desmond, clinging to sanity and delusional fantasy.
  • Costumes: Despite this show being a concert version of a musical, Norma Desmond was still decked in glamourous statement pieces.
  • Universal Themes: This beautifully tragic story was filled with several relatable themes. Norma Desmond painfully, desperately grasped for her youth and the glory of her past life. In an effort to preserve her sanity, she desperately clung to lies from others or lies from herself. Joe Gillis (played by Matthew Kacergis) struggled with the allure of riches and selling out. This show was a painfully alluring depiction of the human experience.

Rant(s)

  • Microphones: Sometimes, the microphones turned on a couple milliseconds too late. Additionally, I think some of the cast was also not mic’ed. I’m not sure if it was because of sound board operation or because they didn’t have the budget for more microphones.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Career Continuity: Let this show be a cautionary tale to those temporarily taking a career sabbatical! When you come back, the workforce won’t welcome you with open arms.
  • Memory Play: Norma Desmond’s introduction scene exhibited a fantastical element that reminded me of the memory play genre.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber: I try to attend shows with a blank slate knowing as little about the premise as possible. In fact, I typically only read the synopsis immediately before publishing my review. Throughout this musical, I kept thinking how it reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera like with the vibrato. Everything clicked when I discovered Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Sunset Boulevard. Speaking of The Phantom of the Opera, I definitely prefer Sunset Boulevard more. It doesn’t help that Phantom strikes me pumpkin-spiced basic.
  • Showtunes Theatre Company Production Runs: It’s such a shame that Showtunes Theatre Company performances are typically only 1-2 weekends. But I it makes sense since musicals in concert format aren’t very mainstream.

Theatre Company: Showtunes Theatre Company

Venue: Cornish Playhouse

Venue Physical Address: 201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Price: Cheap to Medium

Tickets: https://www.showtunestheatre.org/sunsetboulevard

Dates: February 3 to February 11, 2024

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: There are paid lots and paid street parking. I usually park on Mercer to the West of 1st Ave. There’s usually also plentiful street parking around Safeway. If there’s an event in Seattle Center or Climate Pledge Arena, street parking is usually limited and much more expensive.

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Preview Post – Sunset Boulevard – Concert Musical – Showtunes Theatre Company

Sunset Boulevard concert musical opening night by Showtunes Theatre Company at the Cornish Playhouse. Don’t wait for my full review to buy tickets. There’re only 3 more performances left ending on 2/11/24! #sunsetBoulevard #showsiveseen #theatre #NormaDesmond #diva #hollywood

Final Full Review (Posted 02/10/24): https://www.showsiveseen.com/7875

Tickets: https://www.showtunestheatre.org/sunsetboulevard

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Black Nativity – Musical – Review – Intiman Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity musical by Intiman Theatre & The Hansberry Project. Black church worship service Christmas pageant complete w/ a collection plate offertory & a hot gospel choir. Second act included an Xmas hymn singalong. Refreshing change of pace from Seattle’s homogeneity. “Amen and tell that!”

Recommendation
See it, especially if you’re looking for a religious-themed Christmas show. It’s also a great way to get your feet wet in the black church experience.


Synopsis from the Theatre: Langston Hughes’ Gospel Song-Play returns to Intiman Theatre in an all-new, reimagined production. The Christmas story gets a soulful retelling with actors, dancers, soaring vocalists, and a rousing city-wide gospel choir. The poetry and vision of Langston Hughes combines with gospel renditions of your favorite carols, and you’ll have the chance to raise your voice and sing-along. A stirring experience for families of all backgrounds and beliefs that shares the importance of hope and community.

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 12/14/23 – Keep your eyes peeled for my preview posts for earlier notification of shows I’ve seen.

Type: Concert-like Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Static (Stationary) Set? Yes

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but you’d probably enjoy this more if you’re familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth and if you were once entrenched in Christian church culture.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Mostly no. Obviously, the story of Jesus’ birth was a storyline, but the church service portion of the show had no storyline.

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes, plus a 16-person gospel choir

Equity Actors: 5

Total Number of Actors: 5 main actors, plus 5 dancers, plus a couple of choir members

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium Speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2 hours

Was there an intermission? Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? Probably

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Favorite Songs: I was pleasantly surprised to hear the choir perform “Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child” in the style of Mariah Carey’s classic version. Towards the end of the second act, they also sang tried and true non-Christmas gospel choir favorites like “Total Praise” and “Hallelujah, Salvation, and Glory.” It took me back to my high school choir days in a Christian academy near Louisiana.
  • Star of Bethlehem: Kearia Keke Duncan gracefully danced in a beautiful golden angel costume during “The Night that Christ was Born.” The scene was very moving.
  • Young Singers: Maya Michelle, Sa’Nia, and another young singer (comment on my social media if you know her name) sang a Christmas song (was it “Oh Holy Night?”) acapella with tight harmonies. I actually originally wasn’t expecting much from young high schoolers. But color me impressed with these promising up-and-coming artists.

Rant(s)

  • Second Act Transition (Slight Spoiler): The second act weirdly began with a cheesy premise where the performers broke the fourth wall in an effort to involve the audience in a singalong. It would have felt less awkward if they 1) removed the intermission, 2) removed the cheesy fourth wall lines at the beginning of the second act 3) and immediately involved the audience after the last song of the first act. I think this would have portrayed a more organic, professional transition.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Collection Plate: Can I just say that it was a great idea (for the theatre at least) to pass around collection plates like we were really at church? I’m cheap and I was even inspired to give some money!
  • Felicia Loud: She was listed in the program, but she didn’t perform on opening night. I’m so curious to hear what I missed since she was great in The Amen Corner. I hope she’s okay…
  • Audience: Just like in Beautiful at Village Theatre, the audience just wasn’t “giving” during certain moments.
  • Difference from the Original Production: I’m curious how different this production is compared to the original. This show feels like it would allow for a much wider breadth of artistic license compared to traditional theatre shows. For all I know, it could be unrecognizable from the original production!

Theatre Company: Intiman Theatre

Venue: Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central College

Venue Physical Address: 1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Price: Medium to expensive

Tickets: https://intiman.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket#/events/a0S2I000015DT0dUAG

Ticket Affordability Options: The ticketing website offers honor code discount options for students, military, industry, … or anybody. There are also 20 free rush tickets 1 hour before each performance.

Dates: December 12 to December 30, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: It’s Capitol Hill … so good luck. Try to take the bus. I think the cheapest parking lots are 1815 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 and 1815 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122, which are sometimes even cheaper than street parking. I paid $14 parking on the street!

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@showsiveseen #LangstonHughes "Black #Nativity" #musical by @Intiman Theatre & The Hansberry Project. #BlackChurch worship service #Christmas pageant complete w/ a collection plate offertory & a hot #gospel #choir. 2nd act included an #Xmas hymn singalong. Refreshing change of pace from Seattle's homogeneity. "Amen and tell that!" Photos: Joe Moore. Review: showsiveseen.com/7712 #theatre #showsiveseen #church ♬ Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child – Mariah Carey
Choir and Cast of Black Nativity (2023). Photo by Joe Moore.
Dancers Kearia Keke Duncan, Alvedo, Iverson Harding, & DaeZhane Day. Photo by Joe Moore.
Makayla McGhee, Shaunyce Omar, DaeZhane Day, Esther Okech, Kearia Keke Duncan. Photo by Joe Moore.
Dancer Kearia Keke Duncan. Photo by Joe Moore.
Rontrell J. Brimmer and Choir. Photo by Joe Moore.
Choir and Dancers of Black Nativity (2023). Photo by Joe Moore.
Dancers DaeZhane Day and Iverson Harding. Photo by Joe Moore.
RoleName
NarratorShaunyce Omar*
Narrator / Elder / ShepherdYusef Seevers*
Narrator / Old WomanFelicia Loud*
Narrator / Mary / WomanEsther Okech*
Narrator / Joseph / Man / ShepherdJarron A. Williams*
DirectorValerie Curtis-Newton***
Artistic DirectorJennifer Zeyl**
Managing DirectorWesley Frugé
CreatorLangston Hughes
Music DirectorSam L. Townsend Jr
ChoreographerVania C. Bynum
Scenic DesignerJennifer Zeyl**
Costume DesignerDanielle Nieves**
Lighting DesignerRobert Aguilar**
Sound DesignerMatt Starritt**
Stage ManagerPhillip Randall*
Assistant DirectorSteve Sneed
Assistant Lighting DesignerChih-Hung Shao
Assistant Stage ManagerMadelyn Salvucci*
Poster DesignerCade Roach
Band Leader, KeyboardDotcy Isom Ill
BassArthur Nelson
2nd KeyboardChandler Williams
DrumsPhilip Winston
ChoirSadiaa J. Alexander
Lulu Austin
Gena Brooks
Rontrell J. Brimmer
Tommie Burton
Sherri L. Charleston
Jamila Clemens
Dana Jackson
Jasmine Gartrell-Hall
Javonne Gartrell-Hall
Deneen Grant
Josephine Howell
Maya Michelle
Antwoine D. Parmer
Samara Reign
Sa’nia
Dancers Alvedo
Daezhane Day
Kearia Keke Duncan
Iverson Harding
Makayla McGhee
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
** Member of United Scenic Artists USA 829, IATSE
*** Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Snowed In – Musical – Review – ArtsWest

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Corinne Park-Buffelen’s and Mathew Wright’s Snowed In lite holiday show at ArtsWest. Intimate Xmas musical revue with clever songs between sketches. Cozy set with warm lights.

Recommendation
See it if you’re looking for a lite Christmas show.


Synopsis from the Theatre: ArtsWest has sent four incredible artists on a cozy retreat to write the most perfect holiday show the world has ever seen. But when a blizzard hits and tensions rise, the crumpled up notebook pages start to pile up even faster than the snow. Will they finish the show in time? Or will they have to rely on a sprinkle of holiday magic to pull the whole thing off? Inspired by classic holiday TV specials and musicals about putting on a musical, witness the birth of a new Seattle theater tradition as four of the city’s most beloved musical theater stars take you on a journey of song, dance, friendship, family, and the true meaning of the holidays. Featuring original music by Rich Gray, Corinne Park-Buffelen, and David Taylor Gomes & original musical arrangements by Riley Brule, Aaron M. Davis Norman, and David Taylor Gomes

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 12/9/23 – Keep your eyes peeled for my preview posts so you see earlier notification of shows I’ve seen.

Type: Musical Revue w/ Sketches

World Premiere: Yes

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: One – the living room of a remote cabin

Static (Stationary) Set?: Yes

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but you’d probably enjoy this more if you’re familiar with holiday cliches.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Not really

Live Band/Orchestra: Live accompaniment on the piano from associate music director Riley Bruley

Equity Actors: 2

Total Number of Actors: 4

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium Speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 1.5 hours

Was there an intermission? No

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? No

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • “Happy Being Hosted”: My favorite song was this early jazzy number sung by Sarah Russell and written by Richard Gray about preferring to be a lazy guest than a host. I could totally relate!
  • “Joy to The World”: Aaron Norman’s arrangement of this classic song exuded Sister Act energy.
  • “The Perfect Christmas Song”: Corinne Park Buffelen’s and David Taylor Gomes’s song was a good deconstruction of cliche Christmas songs.
  • “In the Bleak Midwinter”: At first, I thought this song was an original parody of biblical Christmas songs. But I discovered in the program that it was actually an old traditional song later arranged by David Taylor Gomes.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • “Your Recipe is Perfect to Me”: Throughout this entire cabaret-like song, I thought it was strictly about fruitcake but the characters later alluded that the song was about gays. I’m such an oblivious gay! Now I wish I could hear it again.

Theatre Company: ArtsWest

Venue: ArtsWest

Venue Physical Address: 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Price: Cheap to medium

Tickets: https://www.artswest.org/events/snowed-in/

Dates: November 30 to December 23, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: There are paid lots and free street parking. I usually park on 44th or 45th Ave behind the theatre.

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@showsiveseen @Coco P-B's & Mathew Wright's "Snowed In" lite #holiday show at ArtsWest. Intimate #xmas #musical #revue w/ clever songs between sketches. Cozy set w/ warm lights. Review: showsiveseen.com/7665 #Christmas #theatre #showsiveseen Director: Kelly Kitchens Musical Director: @David Taylor Gomes ♬ O Christmas Tree (a) – Stuart Roslyn, Matthew James Foundling
RoleName
Performers Rachel Guyer Mafune
Christian Quinto
Nik Hagen*
Sarah Russell*
DirectorKelly Kitchens
Associate Music Director & PianistRiley Brule
ChoreographerShadou Mintrone
Concept and BookMatthew Wright (Artistic Director)
Corinne Park-Buffelen
ComposersRich Gray, Corinne Park-Buffelen, & David Taylor Gomes
Stage ManagerLeila Cheung*
Additional Music ArrangementsAaron M Davis Norman
Sound DesignerSpencer Behm
Production Technical DirectorAndrew Long
Lighting DesignerTrevor Cushman
Props MasterAdair Maccormack
Music DirectorDavid Taylor Gomes
Rehearsal Stage ManagerChristopher Kehoe
Costume DesignerJae Hee Kim
Scenic DesignerBrandon David Riel
Board OperatorDaisy Bower
Master ElectricianRobert Mitchell
Scenic Charge ArtistBella Rivera
Sound TechnicianConor Fortner
Assistant Stage ManagerHana Oh
Production ManagerZenaida Rose Smith
CarpentersMichael O’Neill and Peter Ryer
Managing DirectorInji Kamel
Other Key VolunteerMike West
* Member of Actor’s Equity Association

White Christmas – Musical – Review – The 5th Avenue Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Irving Berlin’s White Christmas musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre complete with an audience singalong at the end. Starring Ashley Day & the rich-voiced Cayman Ilika. Showcasing a diverse repertoire of choreography in an old-timey glamour showbiz standards motif. #whiteChristmas

Recommendation
See it, especially if you’re looking for a standard Christmas show … with pop standards!


Synopsis from the Theatre: Based on the beloved, timeless film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes just in time for the holiday season. After World War II, two veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, begin a successful song and dance act, following two singing sisters to their Christmas gig at a Vermont resort lodge. With classic standards such as the titular hit, “Sisters,” “Snow,” “Blue Skies,” and “I Love a Piano,” White Christmas is a stirring and delightful musical that stands the test of time

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 12/1/23 – See my previous preview posts here.

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Static (Stationary) Set?: No

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but I wonder if you’d appreciate the show more if you saw the original film. I didn’t see the original film, but I enjoyed the live show.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes

Equity Actors: All

Total Number of Actors: Too many to count

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium Speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours

Was there an intermission? Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Music and Orchestra: From the NYC-like swinging jazzy overture hook, I knew the orchestra and score would be fabulous in this show.
  • Choreography: This musical was heavy on dance. I was thrilled to discover that my favorite dance modality (tap dancing) filled this show. “Blue Skies” featured clean, tight choreography with a touch of Fosse. Additionally, the dancers in “I Love a Piano” showcased good dance synchronicity. There was also an earlier number in the first act with a little Latin flair.
  • Rich Voices: Cayman Ilika (as Betty Haynes) has such a rich, developed voice with a slight transatlantic accent quality. It was immediately distinctly noticeable in her first number “Love and the Weather.” I also didn’t know that Candice Song Donehoo (as Martha Watson) could belt it until she sang “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy.” Unfortunately, her previous role in Cinderella didn’t allow her to show off her pipes like she could in White Christmas.
  • Snow: Snow wasn’t isolated to just the stage. It also fell throughout the audience. They must spend a lot of time vacuuming after every performance!
  • Favorite Lines:
    • While holding her boobs, Betty said, “Am I lopsided?”
    • “Put up a show in 5 days? Why not. They say God took a week.”
    • “I told you to work on the second chorus, not the second chorus girl.”
    • “I will just go to my dressing room and have a scene”

Rant(s)

  • Theatre Temperature: Just like in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s December show last year The Wiz, the theatre was freezing! I overheard audience members behind me mention the same thing. I ended up wearing my wool coat and gloves during the performance. For tickets that can cost upwards of $200, I imagine one of the premium seats could pay the heating bill for one night!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Holiday Inn: The premise in White Christmas is so similar to Holiday Inn that it’s almost lazy writing and I felt a little cheated. It’s akin to how Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movies blatantly reuse the same old formula with a dash of weak plot conflict. That being said, I enjoyed both shows and I’d see either one again. Plus, I wouldn’t fault the musical’s book author too much since they were just basing the shows on the original films.
  • Christmas Tree: Why was the Christmas tree moving during “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)?” I kept wondering if someone would jump out for comic relief … which would have been leftfield for a touching scene!
  • Zac Efron: Is it just me or does Ashley Day look like Zac Efron?

Theatre Company: The Fifth Avenue Theatre

Venue: The Fifth Avenue Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: Medium to Expensive

Tickets: https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2023-2024/irving-berlin-s-white-christmas/

Ticket Affordability Options: The 5th Avenue Theatre often partners with organizations you’re affiliated with for discount tickets. For example, they sometimes offer a discount for my employer affiliation.

Dates: November 25 to December 24, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: When I don’t walk to the theatre or park on the street, I park in the paid garage at the Motif Hotel northwest of the theatre. The entrance is on 5th Ave. Do NOT park in the Hilton garage (entrance on 6th Ave). That’s where most of the audience (and I think the subscribers) parks, so it’s a nightmare to leave. However, the Hilton garage is the closest garage to the theatre and you can access the theatre through a tunnel if you want to avoid the elements. But, in my opinon, this benefit is not worth the time wasted leaving the garage.

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@showsiveseen @Irving Berlin's "White #Christmas" #musical at @The 5th Avenue Theatre complete with an audience singalong at the end. Starring Ashley Day & the rich-voiced @Cayman Ilika. Showcasing a diverse repertoire of choreography in an old-timey glamour showbiz standards motif. Review: showsiveseen.com/7598 #whiteChristmas #xmas #theatre #showsiveseen #irvingBerlin ♬ White Christmas – Michael Bublé
Phillip Attmore and Taryn Darr in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Ashley Day and company in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Ashley Day and Gia Pellegrini in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Phillip Attmore, Ashley Day, and Brandon O’Neill in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
Cayman Ilika, Taryn Darr, and company in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
The cast of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka.
Taryn Darr and Phillip Attmore in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.
RoleName
Bob WallaceAshley Day
Phil DavisPhillip Attmore
Ralph SheldrakeBrandon O’Neill
General Henry WaverlyReginald André Jackson
Ed Sullivan AnnouncerTy Willis
TessieCristin J. Hubbard
RitaAnia Briggs
RhodaTrina Mills
JimmyEric Polani Jensen
Betty HaynesCayman Ilika
Judy HaynesTaryn Darr
QuintetCristin J. Hubbard
Eric Polani Jensen
Charlie Johnson
Trina Mills
Brandon O’Neill
Train ConductorJohn David Scott
Mr. Snoring ManTy Willis
Mrs. Snoring ManCristin J. Hubbard
Martha WatsonCandice Song Donehoo
Susan WaverlyBeatrice Cramer, Gia Pellegrini
EzekielSean G. Griffin
MikeTy Willis
Regency Room DancersDavione Gordon
Charlie Johnson
Rico Lastrapes
Jonathan Luke Stevens
EnsembleAnia Briggs
Kristin Burch
Davione Gordon
Cristin J. Hubbard
Eric Polani Jensen,
Charlie Johnson
Ashley Lanyon
Rico Lastrapes
Trina Mills
Richard Peacock
John David Scott
Jonathan Luke Stevens
Katy Tabb
Jaclyn Wheatley
Carolyn Willems Van Dijk
Shelby Willis
Bob Wallace Underestudy Michael Sharon
Phil Davis UnderstudyCayel Tregeagle
General Henry Waverly UnderstudyTy Willis
Ralph UnderstudyJohn David Scott
Betty Haynes UnderstudyMiranda Antoinette
Judy Haynes UnderstudyMallory Cooney King
Mr. Snoring Man/Mike/Ed Sullivan Announcer/Ezekiel UnderstudyErlc Polani Jensen
Mrs. Snoring Man/Tessie/Quintet UnderstudyAnn Cornelius
Martha Watson UnderstudyCristin J Hubbard
SwingsMaggie Darago
Jordan King
Katie Marshall
Christopher Sweet
Dance CaptainMaggie Darago
ConductorBeth Grimmett-Tankersley
Keyboard 1Dwight Beckmeyer
Keyboard 2Rebecca Smith
BassTodd Gowers
DrumsAlec Wilmart
HornJill Jaques
Trumpet 1Brad Allison
Trumpet 2Richard Titterington
Trumpet 3Michael Van Bebber
Trombone 1Dan Marcus
Trombone 2Keith Winkle
Trombone 3Antonio Portela
PercussionPaul Hansen
Reed 1Dane Andersen
Reed 2Jory Tindall
Reed 3Derek Smith
Reed 4Lori Shepard
Reed 5Jay Easton
ViolinLynn Bartlett-Johnson
CelloChristine Lee
Keyboard CoordinatorMichael Matlock
Music AssistantAndrew Pang
Rehearsal PianistDwight Beckmeyer
Rehearsal DrummerAlec Wilmart
DirectorsJames A Roco and David Armstrong
ChoreographerJames A. Rocco
Music DirectorMatt Perri
Producing PartnerMarleen And Kenny Alhadeff
Composer and LyricistIrving Berlin
OrchestrationsLarry Blank
AuthorsDavid Ives and Paul Blake
Vocal and Dance ArrangerBruce Pomahac
Scenic DesignerAnna Louizos
Associate DirectorJimmy Shields
Costume CoordinatorHeidi Zamora
Director of ProductionJoan Toggenburger
Costume DesignerCarrie Robbins
Associate Music Director/ConductorBeth Grimmett-Tankersley
Costume AssociateDanielle Nieves
Production ManagerRyan Gastelum
Lighting DesignerHeather Gilbert
Associate ChoreographerMaggie Darago
Associate Lighting DesignerThorn Michaels
Technical DirectorMathew Carleton
Sound DesignerHaley Parcher
N.Y. Casting DirectorStephanie Klapper
Associate Sound DesignerLiam Steckler
Costume, Wardrobe, & Hair DirectorShannin Strom
Hair/Wig & Makeup DesignerKelley Jordan
Seattle Casting DirectorBrodrick Santeze Ryans
Assistant Hair/Wig & Makeup DesignerJuliette Lewis
Production Stage ManagerJR Welden
Assistant Stage ManagersJamie J. Kranz
Erin B. Zatloka
Swing Stage ManagerJeffrey K. Hanson
Producing Artistic DirectorBill Berry
Managing DirectorKatie Maltais
Production AssistantLarcyn Burnett
Child Actor GuardianAmy Jurkiewicz