Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn
Based on the Film from Universal Pictures | Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin | Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge

Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Cheek to Cheek," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more!

This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes; including one intermission

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“An exuberant, shamelessly old-fashioned tap-and-tuner… is an endorphin assault, inducing warm-bath pleasure like no other show since 42nd Street.” — Jeremy Gerard, Deadline, October 08, 2016
"[A] trip back to sheer old-fashioned good-time entertainment.” — Elyse Sommer, October 08, 2016
“The Berlin tunes – "White Christmas," "Easter Parade," "Cheek to Cheek" – are of course a treat!” — Alexis Soloski, The Guardian, October 08, 2016
“This is a Holiday Inn you’ll want to check into” — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, October 08, 2016
“If you’re in the mood for a show that’s light-on-its-feet and wall-to-wall Irving Berlin, check into Broadway’s Holiday Inn — Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News, October 08, 2016
"Heartfelt musical eggnog!" — Rex Reed, NY Observer, October 08, 2016

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1 Woman
2 Men

1 Boy
2 Woman
1 Men

Dancers, radio personalities, Hollywood creative team, Midville townspeople, Holiday Inn guests

Jim Hardy – a performer and singer-songwriter eager to leave showbiz behind for a simpler life on a farm in Connecticut, thirties (lyric baritone)
Ted Hanover – Jim’s best friend and performing partner; a charming ladies’ man looking for his big break, thirties (lyric baritone)
Lila Dixon – a determined performer and Jim’s mismatched fiancée, thirties (high belt)
Danny – Jim, Ted and Lila’s agent, thirties to fifties
Charlie Winslow – a precocious bank messenger, age 9 to 12
Linda Mason – a school teacher with the hidden talents of a singer and dancer, thirties (belt/mix)
Louise – the local “fix it” woman; tough, no nonsense and extremely perceptive, forties to fifties (belt)
Nightly Dancers (Stanley, Daphne, Sawyer, Stella, Byron, Rose, Janie, Susie, Brenda, Hadley)
Radio Chorus
Radio Host
Radio Voice Over
Danny’s Mother (Voice Over)
First A.D.
First A.D.
Sound Man
Midville townspeople
Holiday Inn guests

Set Requirements for Holiday Inn

HOLIDAY INN takes place in and around Mason Farmhouse as well as the following locations in 1946-1947.

Act 1
Scene 1: The Cat’s Meow Nightclub, Stage – August 1946
Scene 2: Lila’s Dressing Room, Backstage at The Cat’s Meow – immediately following
Scene 3: Mason Farmhouse, Midville, Connecticut
Scene 4: Nightclubs, The Midwest / The Farmhouse
Scene 5: Behind the Barn, The Farm
Scene 6: KENO Radio Studios, Las Vegas
Scene 7: Linda’s Apartment – Thanksgiving 1946
Scene 8: KENO Radio Studios / The Farmhouse
Scene 9: The Farmhouse – Christmas Eve 1946
Scene 10, Holiday Inn (Stage) – New Year’s Eve 1946
Act 2
Scene 1: Holiday Inn (Bedroom & Halls) – New Year’s Day 1947
Scene 2: Outside Midville Elementary School and Main Street – a few days later
Scene 3: Rehearsal Studio, New York City – February 1947
Scene 4: Holiday Inn (Outside & Stage) — Valentine’s Day 1947
Scene 5: Holiday Inn (Stage & Backstage)
Scene 6: Holiday Inn (Stage & Backstage) – Easter 1947
Scene 7: Holiday Inn (Living Room) – Independence Day 1947
Scene 8: Holiday Inn (Stage & Backstage) / The Barn
Scene 9: Holiday Inn (Living Room) – Thanksgiving 1947
Scene 10: Universal Studios Sound Stage, Los Angeles
Scene 11: Movie Screen / Holiday Inn (Stage)

Materials Notes

Holiday Inn
Orchestrations by Larry Blank
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by Sam Davis
Additional Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Bruce Pomahac


1 REED 1: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute*, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
1 REED 2: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
1 REED 3: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
1 REED 4: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon**, Baritone Saxophone
1 KEYBOARD 1 (Piano)
1 KEYBOARD 2 (Synthesizer)
1 VIOLIN 1 (Divisi)
1 VIOLIN 2 (Divisi)
1 CELLO (Divisi)

18 Players (17 Books)

* Alto Flute passages double-lined for Flute or Clarinet
** Bassoon Passages double-lined for Bass Clarinet
Note: Violin 1, Violin 2 and Cello are optional. The Broadway production did not include these parts; the cast recording used 4 Violin 1 and 2 Violin 2 and 3 Cello players.

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