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.