It Happened One Christmas Eve

December 2014

This Holiday Season, be sure to take a breather from all the hustle and bustle and join us for our very special holiday show. A heart-warming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas Eve and the magic she brings to the lives of those who find her. It captures the holiday message of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, UNDERSTANDING, LOYALTY, and PERSEVERANCE in a nostalgic blend of joy and nostalgia. The show is filled with favorite Christmas carols, popular seasonal songs, and some original songs sure to please the young, the old, and anyone in between!!

The show features a book by Bob Fitzsimmons, original music & lyrics by Steven Silverstein & Barbara Campbell, and musical arrangements by Steven Silverstein. The story of  It Happened One Christmas Eve unfolds over several Christmas Eves. Told in flashback, it spans plenty of time periods: 1989 to 1919 to 1929 to 1938, 1941, 1944 and 1952. Then back to 1989.

There are plenty of songs, some familiar, some penned just for this show: From “Silent Night” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” to a bouncy “We Haven’t Got Time for Christmas” that opens the show and a heartfelt “I’m All Alone in the World.”  There are plenty of story lines among a house full of interesting characters — an Irish cook, an English spinster, a Brooklyn showgirl who dreams of stardom, a proud Boston poetess and two Romanian brothers. Their lives are changed forever one Christmas Eve when a baby is placed on their Brooklyn doorstep. That baby — they name her Dolly — grows in their love, a child of charity.

The cast features Devon Perry as Dolly (last seen as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz!),  Xander Chauncey as Buddy (He appeared in the Title role of Jekyll And Hyde here), WBT veteran and favorite, Michelle Dawson as Millie, Jayson Elliott as Serge(The Cowardly Lion in OZ) , Molly Emerson as Elizabeth (Liesl in The Sound Of Music) , Nick Gaswirth as Sigmund, Leisa Mather as Bridget (Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins) and Jeanette Minson as Charlotte. Young Dolly will be played, alternately, by Hannah Moore and Julia White.

Bob Fitzsimmons, a gifted actor, director and playwright, ran publicity for Westchester Broadway Theatre in its early days and also shepherded successful children’s plays there. The graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School, directed school and community theatre shows across Westchester until his untimely death, at 37, in 1992. Each year, WBT gives a scholarship in his name to a Stepinac graduate who has excelled in theatre.

The production is Directed and choreographed by WBT favorite, Jonathan Stahl, who has been at the helm for several WBT productions including;  Legally Blonde and Nine.  Musical Director is Leo Carusone .  Set Design is by Steven Loftus, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton and Mark Zuckerman, Costume Design is by Matthew Hemesath. The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, ASM is Ron Rogell, Properties are by Grumpy Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.

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