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Bring “White Christmas” Into NBC’s Holiday Tradition: The Campaign for a New Live Musical Classic

NOTE: This article is 7 months old and may not include the most recent information.

A delightful dose of nostalgia is unfolding on TikTok, as user “the.ashfiles” rallies support for NBC to produce a live version of the 1954 classic “White Christmas” for its 70th anniversary next year. Suggested stars like Kelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé have fans envisioning a blended cast putting modern spins on Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby’s iconic roles. Other playful ideas include Joseph Gordon-Levitt matching Danny Kaye’s signature wit or Julianne Hough capturing Vera-Ellen’s graceful dance moves. For lifelong “White Christmas” devotees and new generations alike, this mashup of star power and holiday cheer seems likely to capture hearts.

For the uninitiated, “White Christmas” was one of the biggest box office hits of its era, grossing over $30 million in 1954 (over $310 million today). The charming musical about two Army buddies turned entertainers who conspire to help their former general save his Vermont inn brims with Irving Berlin tunes, show-stopping dance numbers, and plenty of witty banter between stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Numbers like “Sisters” and “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” have become classics in their own right.

With its well-established tradition of live musicals for television, NBC makes perfect sense as the network to spearhead a “White Christmas” revival. Productions like 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood drew huge audiences, as have more recent efforts like 2018’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” with Sara Bareilles and John Legend. As these productions demonstrate, NBC has both the artistic vision and technical expertise to translate the magic of Broadway and classic film to the small screen. Streaming availability on platforms like BroadwayHD also allows these cultural touchpoints to reach wider audiences than ever.

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By pairing treasured source material with contemporary star power, this proposed live “White Christmas” promises a heartwarming dose of nostalgia alongside modern glamour. As we await news of whether this production will become a reality, it’s a reminder that classic tales continue stirring up good cheer for new generations. The timelessness is part of the magic.

To join the enthusiasm and see where the idea originated, check out @the.ashfiles’ original TikTok post here.

Trevor Decker


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