Ian Talbot to direct, Stephen Mear to choreograph
Producers of the forthcoming tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas have announced the cast.
The full touring company of the Made at Curve’s production stars The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness (Big The Musical) as Bob Wallace; iconic stage and screen star and daughter of Judy Garland, Lorna Luft (Promises, Promises) as Martha Watson; ‘Sinbad’ from Brookside, Michael Starke (Waitress) as General Waverly; Dan Burton (Gypsy, Jersey Boys) as Phil Davis; Jessica Daley (Les Miserables, Evita) as Betty Haynes; and Monique Young (Mary Poppins) as Judy Haynes.
The cast is completed by Simon Anthony, Tom Bales, Lydia Bannister, George Beet, Imogen Bowtell, Isabel Canning, Gabrielle Cocca, Joseph Craig, Beth Devine, Steve Fortune, Ashton Harkness, Connor Hughes, Owen McHugh, Benjamin Mundy, James Revell, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Matthew Sweet, Lucy Warway, David Winters and Alex Wright.
The UK tour opens on 12 November 2022 at the Truro Hall for Cornwall until 19 November, before heading to Nottingham Theatre Royal (22 – 26 November), Sunderland Empire (28 November – 3 December) and Liverpool Empire (6 – 31 December).
The romantic comedy boasts songs including “Blue Skies”, “Sisters”, “I Love A Piano”, “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” and the most famous festive song of all… “White Christmas”.
White Christmas has Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin and a Book by David Ives and Paul Blake. It is based on the original production by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Annie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s). This production is directed by Ian Talbot OBE (High Society, Anything Goes) and choreographed by two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear CBE (Mary Poppins, Gypsy). Set Design is by Michael Taylor and Costume Design is by Diego Pitarch. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker, Lighting Design by Mark Henderson and Sound Design by Tom Marshall. Orchestrations are by Larry Blank with New Musical arrangements by Jason Carr. Casting is by Jonathan Russell for Mark Goucher Productions.