Dreaming of a white Christmas in sunny Southern California?
To see snow really fall in Costa Mesa, just buy a ticket for one of the holiday season's hottest tickets: the Broadway musical version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The tale of two talented World War II Army buddies who make it big on Broadway, find their true loves, then help their former commander save a dilapidated New England inn has become an American classic.
The musical version of "White Christmas," which debuted in San Francisco in 2004, shares the 1954 Bing Crosby film's plot, but takes divergences in plot details and in musical numbers. Famous tunes like the title song and "Blue Skies" are incorporated into the musical, but several extravagant song-and-dance numbers were also added.
"I think people will be pleasantly surprised," said actress Ruth Williamson, who portrays inn concierge Martha Watson in the show. "It's quite beautiful and quite lavish, and I think Costa Mesa's going to enjoy it. We actually bring you snow!"