Roundabout and Universal Stage Prods. to Bring ‘Holiday Inn’ to Broadway

Holiday Inn Bing Crosby Fred Astaire

New York’s Roundabout Theater Company has scheduled a Broadway run of “Holiday Inn,” the stage musical developed from the 1942 movie under the auspices of Universal Stage Productions.

Set for fall 2016, the Broadway staging of “Holiday Inn,” which has a score of familiar Irving Berlin tunes, arrives following the show’s premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut, and further development during a run at The Muny in St. Louis earlier this year. Director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Denis Jones will return to reprise their duties for the Broadway version.

Universal originally developed “Holiday Inn” with an eye toward the regional market, as a relatively low-cost investment that had the potential to yield ongoing licensing revenue from theaters around the country. Such projects, however, can sometimes find unexpected routes to Broadway, as was the case with the stage version of “Newsies,” which Disney originally intended for regional stages before strong response propelled it to a Broadway run. “Holiday Inn” found its path to New York when Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes caught a reading of the show and thought it would make a good fit for his company’s programming.

Based on the movie musical starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds, “Holiday Inn” follows a showbiz veteran, Jim, who opens an inn in Connecticut and concocts performances for every holiday with the help of a talented local schoolteacher named Linda — until Jim’s best friend tries to tempt Linda away to Hollywood. The musical’s book, written by Greenberg and Chad Hodge, packs in Berlin standards including “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Easter Parade.”

Casting for the Broadway production has not yet been set. The Goodspeed premiere starred Noah Racey, Tally Sessions and Patti Murin.

“Holiday Inn” is just one of a number of properties that “Wicked” producer Universal Stage Prods. is working on for the stage, with other titles in the roster including the “Smash”-inspired “Bombshell.” Roundabout, meanwhile, has an ongoing busy schedule of seasonal programming that this year includes Broadway debuts from Clive Owen (“Old Times”) and Keira Knightley (“Therese Raquin”).

“Holiday Inn” begins previews Sept. 1, 2016 ahead of an Oct. 13, 2016 opening at Studio 54, one of the Roundabout’s three Broadway stages.

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  1. Doug Jones says:

    Just saw Holiday Inn on Broadway at Studio 54. In spite using the same book writers, director, choreographer, even costume designer that created the show at Goodspeed Opera House under Michael Price in 2014, there is not a mention in the Playbill, even in the fine type, of Goodspped and/or Michael Price – shame on Roundabout and Todd Haimes for not acknowledging this important regional company that gave us, among other things, Man of LaManche.

    • FRilTrub says:

      Both Goodspeed and Michael Price are on the title page in the Playbill…

      • Doug Jones says:

        You are correct, my bad, though you need a magnitude glass to see it, it is in two point type. I expected to see a blurb in the back copy, but they did get credit and I assume some points. It is a good production, hope the Times is positive this week, again sorry for not being more thorough

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