Holiday entertainment this year will include a new stage tuner.
“Holiday Inn,” based in the 1942 Paramount movie musical centering on a country inn open only on major holidays, will have its stage preem next fall at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Tuner will be produced in association with Universal Stage Prods., the theater arm of the film studio that has also been involved in the Rialto’s “Wicked,” “Billy Elliot, “Bring It On” and “Porgy and Bess.”
Gordon Greenberg, helmer of recent Off Broadway revivals of “Working” and “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” will direct the Goodspeed project with a script by Greenberg and film and TV scribe-producer Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” upcoming Fox skein “Wayward Pines”).
Toplined by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the film has a holiday-centric score by Irving Berlin. Song list includes familiar tunes such as “White Christmas,” “Let’s Start the New Year Right” and “Easter Parade.”
The recent holiday stage perennial “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” — which punctuated its ongoing seasonal stints around the country with two Broadway runs—is based on another Par musical with a Berlin score. The two properties share both the “White Christmas” title tune and a let’s-save-the-country-inn plot.
“Holiday Inn” runs Sept. 19-Nov. 30, 2014. Goodspeed’s 2014 season will open with “Damn Yankees” (April 11-June 21), helmed by Daniel Goldstein, and a 50th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof” (June 27-Sept 7), directed by Rob Ruggiero.