IRVING BERLIN (Music & Lyrics). Born Israel Beilin in a Russian Jewish shtetl in 1888, he died as Irving Berlin in his adopted hometown of New York City in 1989. Songwriter, performer, theatre owner, music publisher and soldier, he wrote scores to more than a dozen Broadway musicals (including Annie Get Your Gun) and dozens of Hollywood movie musicals. His more than 1,200 songs include "White Christmas," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Easter Parade," "Always," "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "God Bless America." Irving Berlin's love and generosity to his country is legendary, and through several ongoing foundations, including the God Bless America Fund, he donated millions of dollars in royalties to Army emergency relief and the Boy and Girl Scouts. Numerous awards and accolades include an Academy Award for White Christmas, a Congressional Gold Medal, a special Tony Award and commemoration on a U.S. postage stamp.
DAVID IVES (Book) is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies, All in the Timing and Time Flies. Most recent sightings: Mark Twain's Is He Dead? on Broadway and New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Classic Stage Company. Premiering this season are his play Venus in Fur at CSC (Walter Bobbie directing) and his adaptation of Corneille's The Liar at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. He has adapted 25 musicals for the City Center Encores! Series, with three more to come this season, and written three young-adult novels, most recently Voss.
PAUL BLAKE (Book & Producer) is pleased to be back on Broadway for a second consecutive year with Irving Berlin's White Christmas. He is currently the executive producer of the legendary St. Louis Muny, where his 100-plus productions have included the premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Among the other musicals with a book by Mr. Blake is Roman Holiday with a score by Cole Porter, which set box office records during its three-year tour of Italy. Upcoming in 2010 are Mr. Blake's 21st season at the Muny and a new musical based on a play by Preston Sturges. This one's for Aunt Laura.
WALTER BOBBIE (Director) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the international hit Chicago, which has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Recent New York productions include The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons); The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout); No, No, Nanette (Encores!); David Ives's New Jerusalem (Classic Stage); and last season's Broadway premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Other Broadway includes High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century and Footloose. Mr. Bobbie was artistic director of City Center's acclaimed Encores! series, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
RANDY SKINNER (Choreographer) received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his work on Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Other shows include 42nd Street (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire Award nominations); Ain't Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations); State Fair (Outer Critics nomination); After the Night and the Music (MTC/Biltmore); Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music and No, No, Nanette (the last four for City Center Encores!); Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel Award nomination); Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center). Awards: Los Angeles Drama Critics, Los Angeles Drama-Logue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics. and Cleveland Times Theatre Awards.
ANNA LOUIZOS (Set Design). Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nom.), Curtains, High Fidelity (Tony nom.), Avenue Q, To Be Or Not to Be, Steel Magnolias, Golda's Balcony. Off-Broadway: Vanities, the musical, and Birdie Blue (Second Stage); Crimes of the Heart; The Foreigner (Roundabout); Speech and Debate (Roundabout Underground); Based on a Totally True Story (MTC); Altar Boyz and tick, tick...BOOM! (world premieres). Regional: Sarah Plain and Tall (DTC); Minsky's (Ahmanson); Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, Me and My Girl (Goodspeed); Seven Brides, The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill), among others. Art direction film/TV: "Sex and the City" (HBO). Feature film: The Secret Lives of Dentists.
CARRIE ROBBINS (Costume Design). B'way: 30+ incl. Grease and Over Here (two Tony noms.), Agnes of God, Yentl, Class Act, Frankenstein, Happy End (Streep), Boys of Winter, Cyrano (Langella), The Iceman Cometh (Earl-Jones). Awards: five Drama Desk, Maharam, two USITT/Prague, L.A. Drama Logue, FIT Surface Design. Recent: American in Paris (Alley Theatre), Arena Stage (M. Butterfly; On the Verge, dir. T. Thompson), Taper, Guthrie, Williamstown. Lincoln Center Rep, Chelsea Theatre, Acting Co., NYSF. Opera: Glimmerglass' Death in Venice, Samson et Dalila (SFO), Houston Grand (Domingo, Graves), Opera Co. Boston, Hamburg Staatsoper. Profiled: Costume Design: Techniques of Modern Masters. Noms. '09: Drama Desk and Hewes for White Christmas. Currently: The Nutcracker, Cincinnati Ballet. A monograph on Robbins' designs will be published in 2011.
KEN BILLINGTON (Lighting Design). Currently in New York: Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Finian's Rainbow and Dreamgirls at Harlem's Apollo Theater. The touring productions of Annie, Chicago (worldwide), The Drowsy Chaperone, Topol in Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical 2 (worldwide) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Eight Tony nominations including Sunday in the Park With George, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, Working. He received the 1997 Tony Award for his work on Chicago. Other projects include New York's Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular from 1979 to 2005, the Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee! and Shamu Rocks! for SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego.
ACME SOUND PARTNERS (Sound Design). Broadway: Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, Hair (Tony nomination), In the Heights (Tony nomination), The Country Girl, Legally Blonde, High Fidelity, A Chorus Line (2006), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hot Feet, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python's Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula the Musical, Twentieth Century, Fiddler on the Roof (2004), Never Gonna Dance, The Boy From Oz, Avenue Q, Gypsy (2003), La Bohéme (Drama Desk Award), Flower Drum Song, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Bells Are Ringing, A Class Act. Acme is Tom Clark, Mark Menard, Nevin Steinberg and Sten Severson.
LARRY BLANK (Orchestrations). Tony and Drama Desk nominated for Irving Berlin's White Christmas and The Drowsy Chaperone. Credits include Fame Becomes Me; La Cage aux Folles; The Producers; Guys and Dolls (London); Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel and The Sound of Music (all London). Many films including Chicago, The Producers and six for Marc Shaiman. Orchestrations for Barbra Streisand, Barbara Cook, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley and many others. Music Director for Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Centers' Sondheim Celebration, as well as conductor for many Broadway shows. Larry is a regular conductor/arranger for BBC Radio Two in London. Co-orchestrator with Marc Shaiman for Catch Me If You Can.
BRUCE POMAHAC (Dance & Vocal Arrangements) was the musical director and (with composer Hugh Martin) co-vocal arranger for Broadway's Meet Me in St. Louis. He orchestrated the Broadway productions of State Fair (Rodgers & Hammerstein) and The Curse of an Aching Heart (Claibe Richardson). He orchestrated the premiere recordings of Richard Rodgers' first and final musicals: Fly With Me and I Remember Mama (which he also conducted). With Joshua Logan (book, lyrics and direction) he composed the score for Huck and Jim (On the Mississippi). Mr. Pomahac is the director of music for the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and lives in New York City.
ROB BERMAN (Musical Supervisor) has been the music supervisor for Irving Berlin's White Christmas since its premiere in San Francisco in 2004. He is music director of City Center's Encores! series where he recently conducted Damn Yankees and Finian's Rainbow, which he is conducting again on Broadway this fall. Other Broadway credits include revivals of The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town and The Apple Tree. Rob won a Helen Hayes Award for his music direction of the Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park With George. He is also music director of the Kennedy Center Honors Orchestra (Emmy nominee).
SEYMOUR RED PRESS (Music Coordinator). Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Credits: more than 100 shows from the original Gypsy through Dreamgirls; also Nine, Noise/Funk, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Forum, Flower Drum Song, Passing Strange, The Color Purple. Screen credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Birdcage and Paramount's In & Out. An ASCAP composer, his playing career has segued from Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman to Leonard Bernstein. This season: Finian's Rainbow, Chicago, Hair, City Center's Encores!
STEVEN FREEMAN (Music Director) is delighted to spend the holidays in NYC with Irving Berlin's White Christmas after conducting the show in Los Angeles, St. Paul and Boston. B'way credits: Chicago, Grease, Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees and Gypsy. Off-B'way credits: Saturday Night, Forever Plaid, Romance in Hard Times and Three Postcards. Reg'l theatres: La Jolla Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Prince Music Theater, Cape Playhouse and Old Globe Theatre.
MARC BRUNI (Associate Director). Directing: Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Such Good Friends (NYMF Directing Award), Glimpses of the Moon (Algonquin Oak Room), High Spirits (York), The Music Man, My One And Only, Seven Brides... (Muny). Associate: Thirteen Broadway shows including Legally Blonde (tour/MTV/London), The Pajama Game, Grease, Wonderful Town, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, La Cage aux Folles and Little Shop of Horrors (B'way/tour). Five Encores! productions, most recently Finian's Rainbow. Upcoming: Directing Fanny for Encores!
JAY BINDER/NIKOLE VALLINS (Casting). Jack Bowdan CSA, Mark Brandon and Sara Schatz CSA have cast more than 70 Broadway shows including Irving Berlin's White Christmas since its 2004 San Francisco premiere, Dreamgirls, Finian's Rainbow, Brighton Beach, A Chorus Line, Grease, Gypsy, 39 Steps, Is He Dead?, Inherit the Wind, Journey's End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin' Out, 42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King and I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Goodbye Girl. Film: Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, the upcoming Nine. Eight–time Artios Award winner.