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Upstate forecast calls for a ‘White Christmas’": Syracuse Stage musical based on a movie based on a song

Der Bingle’s 1942 recording of “White Christmas” became the best-selling single of all time.

Der Bingle’s 1942 recording of “White Christmas” became the best-selling single of all time.

— Paul Barnes, the director of Syracuse Stage’s White Christmas, is staging plenty of dance routines to complement the memorable music. Barnes and his cast are working with choreographer David Wanstreet and musical director Christopher Drobny. The 13-member pit band features some of the best musicians in the area including trumpeter Jeff Stockham, saxophonist Joe Carello and violinists Joe Davoli and Sara Mastrangelo.

The musical is anchored here by eight professional actors with significant credits: Denis Lambert, who portrays Bob Wallace, played the role of Phil Davis in a national tour of White Christmas; Craig Waletzko as Phil Davis has appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls; Zakiya Young as Betty Haynes appeared on the Great White Way in The Little Mermaid; Mary Michael Patterson as Judy Haynes appeared on a Broadway in Anything Goes). Rounding out the Equity cast are Mary Jo Mecca, John Shuman, James Van Treuren and Duke Lafoon.

Twenty students from Syracuse University’s Drama Department portray additional characters in several spectacular dance and choral numbers. Completing the cast is 13-year-old Fayetteville actress Jacqueline Baum last seen at Syracuse Stage as Helen Keller in the 2011 production of The Miracle Worker. She plays Susan in White Christmas.

Single-ticket prices range between $30 and $54; and $20 for students age 18 and younger; rush tickets may be sold at certain shows for $20 and $25. Senior discounts are available at most performances 443-9844; syracusestage.org.

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