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Casting Announced for Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” The Musical















“A holiday card come to life!” – New York


Daily News


December 25 – 30, 2018


Tickets begin at $34*


Ziff Ballet Opera House


MIAMI, FL – Friday, December 7, 2018 – The producers of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (@IBWCOnTour), the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced casting for the national tour. IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS will play at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s (@ArshtCenter) Ziff Ballet Opera House for a limited one week run, December 25 – 30, 2018.


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Tickets to IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS are available now through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132, by calling 305.949.6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org. Ticket prices start at $34*.


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Buy One Adult Ticket, Bring One Child Free!* And on Wednesday, December 26, also join us for family-friendly festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Arsht Center lobby. Use promo code KIDSNIGHT by 11:59 p.m. on

December 16.

*Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Only valid in select sections and only for the December 25 and December 26 performances.


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Reprising their roles for the 2018 season, the show will star Sean Montgomery as “Bob Wallace,” Jeremy Benton as “Phil Davis,” Kerry Conte as “Betty Haynes,” and Kelly Sheehan as “Judy Haynes.”  Also featured are Conrad John Schuck as “General Waverly,” Karen Ziemba as “Martha Watson,” Brad Frenette as “Ralph Sheldrake,” Aaron Galligan-Stierle as “Mike Nulty,” and Cliff Bemis as “Ezekiel Foster.”  Joining the cast for the first time playing “Susan Waverly” are Emma Grace Berardelli and Kyla Carter.


Rounding out the cast of returning cast members are Kelly Black, Stephanie Brooks, Darien Crago, Laurie DiFilippo, Sarah Fagan, Drew Humphrey, Brianna Latrash, Ann-Ngaire Martin, Danny McHugh, Chris McNiff, Sean Quinn, and Chelsea Williams. Additional new cast members for the 2018 season include Drew King, Daniel Plimpton, Karilyn Ashley Surrat, and Richard Riaz Yoder.


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IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn who fall for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS.


The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.”  And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.”


IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Work Light Productions. The creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner; scenic design by Anna Louizos; scenic adaptation by Kenneth Foy; costume design by Carrie Robbins; lighting design by Ken Billington; sound design by Keith Caggiano; orchestrations by Larry Blank with vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac; music direction by Michael Horsley; casting by Binder Casting/Jay Binder, CSA; and associate direction and choreography by Mary Giattino.


IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank.

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SEAN MONTGOMERY (Bob Wallace). Recently: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (ART) directed by Diane Paulus, and Crazy for You (NYC Lab) directed by Susan Stroman. Broadway: Groundhog Day (original Broadway cast/recording), Matilda (u/s Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Wormwood). National tours: Mary Poppins, 9 to 5, White Christmas (’15, ’16, ’17). Regional theater: Muny, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Baltimore Center Stage, Atlanta TOTS. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Training: University of Cincinnati-CCM. Thank you to CGF Talent, Randy Skinner and Work Light. Follow: @seandmontgomery.

KERRY CONTE (Betty Haynes). National tour: Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks). San Francisco: Roman Holiday. Off-Broadway: Hey, Look Me Over! and Lady, Be Good! (City Center Encores); Meet Me in St. Louis, Ernest in Love, The Irish… and How They Got That Way (Irish Rep); also worked at York Theatre and 92nd St. Y. Regional: My Fair Lady (Eliza), Mary Poppins (Mary) at Theatre By The Sea/North Shore; Hello, Dolly! (Irene) Carousel (Julie), Guys and Dolls (Sarah) at MT Wichita/Wichita Symphony; Muny, New London Barn, Surflight. Love to this wonderful company of people, family (Ma, Joe) and always for Dad. Kerryconte.com.

JEREMY BENTON (Phil Davis). Most recently: Perfect Picture (opposite Lillias White), Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Bob Hope in the L.A. premiere of Cagney The Musical (Astaire Award nomination for his Off-Broadway perfor­mance of the same role). Favorite performances include Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (Broadway—opposite Shirley Jones), Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (national tour—opposite Rachel York), Springtime Tapper in the film The Producers, Wally Winston in Animal Crackers (Denver Center), Kenneth Gibson in Call Me Madam (oppo­site Beth Leavel) and Fred Astaire in Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical (original cast). Check out jeremybenton.net. @jeremywbenton

KELLY SHEEHAN (Judy Haynes). is thrilled to once again be touring across the country with White Christmas. Broadway: 42nd Street, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Ensemble ’08 and ’09). Other credits include The Will Rogers Follies; Oklahoma!; A Chorus Line; Singin’ in the Rain; On the Town; Anything Goes; No, No, Nanette; and Lady Be Good. Thanks to Nancy, Randy, Jay, Michael and Mary! “Love to my supportive parents and the most handsome fella I know, Bryan Hunt! Happy Holidays!”

CONRAD JOHN SCHUCK (General Waverly). Broadway: Annie with Sarah Jessica Parker, Annie Get Your Gun with Reba and Nice Work If You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick. London: The Caine Mutiny with Charleton Heston. Film: M*A*S*H (Painless), Star Trek IV and VI (Klingon Ambassador), Outrageous Fortune with Bette Midler and Woody Allen’s Curse of the Jade Scorpion. TV: Sgt. Enright in “McMillan & Wife” with Rock Hudson and recent guest roles in “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

KAREN ZIEMBA (Martha Watson) received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For some of her other Broadway, Off-Broadway and national appearances she’s garnered three Tony Award nominations, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award. Select theater credits: Prince of Broadway; Steel Pier; Curtains; Sweeney Todd; Bullets Over Broadway; Crazy for You; Hello, Dolly!; A Little Night Music; Much Ado About Nothing; Heartbreak House; and Six Degrees of Separation. TV: “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order,” “C.I/S.V.U.,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and PBS’ “Great Performances.”

CLIFF BEMIS (Ezekiel, Mr. Snoring Man, u/s General Waverly) originated the role of Ezekiel Foster in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on Broadway. First national tour: The Drowsy Chaperone. Regional theaters include LaJolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Pasadena Playhouse. Films: Billy, Nancy Drew, World Trade Center, Au Pair II. TV: “White Collar,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Dallas” and “Cheers.” He established the Cliff Bemis Music Theatre Scholarship at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University. Actors’ Equity since 1968.

EMMA GRACE BERARDELLI (Susan Waverly) is honored to debut in the Broadway national tour of White Christmas! Credits: Off-Broadway: Annie (Annie), Seussical (JoJo), Gypsy (Baby Louise), Ragtime, Show & Tell, The Addams Family and High School Musical. Member: KOTA, Broadway Youth Ensemble and NYC Tap Crew. Many thanks to Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Amelia DeMayo, Janine Molinari, TEDS and Acting Out! Grateful to Binder Casting and creative team for this dream opportunity! Love to Mom, Dad, Alexandra, Ava, family, friends, Sparky and God. Insta: @officialemmaberardelli. emmagraceberardelli.com.

KYLA CARTER (Susan Waverly) SAG/AFTRA/Equity actress. National tour: The Sound of Music (Gretl/Marta VonTrapp—original cast). Regional: Gypsy (Baby June), A Christmas Story (Mary Beth). Pre-Broadway: Diana (Young Diana), The Bedwetter (Amy). Television: ABC, Bravo, DreamWorks, HBO, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Nickelodeon, PBS. Recipient of the 2017 Encore Award for Excellence in Long Island Theater—Best Child Actor. “Warm thanks and sincere gratitude to the entire White Christmas creative team, my amaz­ing coaches and my loving family!” @KylaDCarter.

BRAD FRENETTE (Ralph Sheldrake, u/s Bob Wallace). National tour: Hello, Dolly! European tour: Madagascar. Regional credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Stages St. Louis and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. B.F.A. Penn State. “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” @bjfrenette.


AARON GALLIGAN-STIERLE (Mike Nulty, u/s Ralph Sheldrake). White Christmas (third year). Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Andre), Ragtime (Henry Ford) and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who). Regional: Utah Shakespeare (seven seasons), Kennedy Center (Ragtime), Finger Lakes (Parade), Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, MSMT and more. Executive Producer for “Ruin Me,” now available on AMC’s Shudder. Freelance director and professional audi­tion coach. B.F.A. Shenandoah (musical theater) M.F.A. Penn State (acting). Love to Shannon, Devin and Zoe. aarongs.com.

The 2018-19 Broadway in Miami subscription season is presented by Florida Theatrical Association and the Adrienne Arsht Center along with presenting sponsor Bank of America and with support from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.


About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.  Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.


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Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 13-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.


The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 13-time Tony-winning theater producer and owner John Gore, its family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com, and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 44 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan, and China. It has won Tony Awards in every producing category as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier awards


Florida Theatrical Association – the non-profit presenter of Broadway in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami – was founded with the charge of educating and developing new theater audiences and encouraging and preserving the presentation of touring Broadway theater. Since 1989 Florida Theatrical Association has presented over 1,050 broadway performances and distributed over $1.6 million in scholarships and grants to arts organizations across the state of Florida.


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