Preview: White Christmas at The Eccles Theater

We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny f*cking Kaye.”

Okay, I admit, that’s not White Christmas. But it is part of Clark Griswold’s epic rant in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and it goes to show that for a film created to capitalize on the popularity of its title song—which was originally in another film starring it’s leading men (Holiday Inn), but I digress—White Christmas has surprising staying power.

Of course, we’ve all missed our chance to see Bing and Danny tap-dance live (may they rest in peace). But we’ve got the next best thing, with another Broadway-style production of White Christmas coming to our brand new state-of-the-art Eccles Theater. Consider it Christmas present for Salt Lake.

Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Based on the film of the same name, the play follows the same plot. Post-World War II, soldiers, and friends, Bob and Phil have found success touring as a song-and-dance act. When they find themselves smitten by a sister act, they follow the girls to a hotel in Vermont, which happens to be owned by their former commander. Wacky hi-jinx ensue.

Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

The play’s official name is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and with good reason. The play features many of the composer’s songs—all of which originally appeared in the film, including “Sisters,” “Blue Skies” and, of course, “White Christmas.”

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas plays December 6-11 at the Eccles Theater. Tickets are still available here.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is the managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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