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Dec 8, 2015 >> On set with Drury Lane’s White Christmas


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G&F BLOG_Drury Lane White Christmas

Want to see the magic of the Holidays come to life on the Drury Lane stage? Enter Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Directed by Drury Lane’s Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographed by Matt Crowle, this holiday mainstay follows two former Army buddies turned Broadway stars who follow a pair of starlet sisters all the way to a Vermont inn, where they’re set  to perform. From scenic design to creative costumes to explosive song and dance, Drury Lane’s White Christmas will engulf you in this timeless holiday tale.

But behind all the sequins and falling snow—Yes! Lots of falling snow!—there’s a whole lot more to this joyful production. Christmas nostalgia abounds with a stacked line-up of unforgettable tunes like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings and, of course, White Christmas. And with every musical number, a more impressive and show-stopping dance follows suit.

WATCH US STRUT OUR STUFF ON THE WHITE CHRISTMAS STAGE >>

We chatted with choreographer Matt Crowle about taking on this special production. A true triple-threat, Matt acts, choreographs and teaches across the country. His spirited choreography for White Christmas features show-stopping tap routines that are reminiscent of classic MGM productions (read: The Bigger, The Better). We couldn’t help but pick the brain—or rather shoes—of the man behind the extensive taps and jubilant 8-counts of this holiday production. The results? Totally slap-tappy.

White Christmas runs through January 3rd at Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets from $40 and available by visiting DruryLane.com.

Plus this: Interested in learning what’s in a shuffle-ball-change? Matt teaches a variety of tap classes in the city at acclaimed studios Gus Giordano Dance School and the American Rhythm Center. For more information, visit MattCrowle.com/tap-classes. 

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