You might still be taking the Halloween cobwebs off your bushes, but holiday lights are already up at Paper Mill Playhouse. The State Theatre of New Jersey opened a free Holiday Village on Friday, timed to run with its showingof “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” which begins November 16. The Holiday Village includes more than 75,000 animated lights, timed to music. It will run every day through Christmas Eve, with shows from 6-9 p.m. every 20 minutes.
Other holiday events at Paper Mill include free choir performances in the courtyard on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and a Holiday Gift Bazaar also on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.. At the Carriage House Restaurant, guests can have their pictures taken with Santa Clause, and enjoy free hot cocoa and warm apple cider. The restaurant is also serving dinner every night. Call 973-609-2429 for information and reservations. More detail about the holiday schedule is available here.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” based on the 1964 holiday classic starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, begins performances on November 16.David Ives and Paul Blake wrote the book to the stage show, which uses Irving Berlin’s music and lyrics. The cast features Lorna Luft as Martha Watson and Tony Yazbeck as Phil Davis, among others. Marc Bruni directs, with choreography by Randy Skinner. The musial has been a regional favorite since it debuted in San Francisco in 2004, and has also toured the UK, with some of the same cast. It received two Tony Award nominations in 2009, including one for choreography for Randy Skinner. Songs in the musical, besides the title classic, include “Happy Holiday,””Sisters,” and “Blue Skies.”