Continuing Education

A Classic: White Christmas at the Fireside

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Based on the classic and beloved film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney, this heartwarming stage adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs. Army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act following their service in World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. With a series of romantic mix-ups and a dazzling score including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical any time of year but especially loved at Christmas.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was first heard on a radio show sponsored by the Kraft Company on Christmas Day, 1941. Bing Crosby and Kraft Music Hall mainly appealed to young people – the average listener age was 21 – so it’s possible that the younger generation embraced “White Christmas” first. However, it is thought the song took on a deeper meaning. Families tuning in undoubtedly were thinking about the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. “White Christmas” became one of the most requested songs overseas as Bing Crosby performed for the troops.

Let’s enjoy this bestseller with a nice lunch at the Fireside and comrade of our Continuing Education community!



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