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
Cast Size: Medium (5-21) • Large (14+). Vocal Demands: Moderate. Dance Requirements: Extensive. Good For: High School • College/University • Amateur/Community • Professional Theatre • Religious Organization.
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Written By: Gordon Greenberg & Chad Hodge
When we started adapting the classic film Holiday Inn for the stage, we were struck by the idea of our everyday reality versus the curated reality we now see in social media. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, this was the exclusive province of celebrities, but now anyone can control how their reality is perceived by others. It dawned on us that this classic film was making an important statement about the value of living in the moment, being true to yourself, and loving the truth of your life over the glamorized, edited, ‘filtered’ version.
While staying true to the warmth and spirit of the original film, our Holiday Inn is built for contemporary audiences. Although it is essential to cast the show with actors who have a deep respect and affection for this period and style, it is just as important to invest these characters with truth, humanity and the current sensibility that informs so much of the humor. Whether it’s the awkward meeting of Jim and Linda, both unable to communicate easily, the narcissism of Ted, or the unconventional relationship forged between Louise and Jim, this is a world that exists simultaneously in 1946 and in the now.
This likewise applies to the ensemble, a diverse group of quirky ebullient individuals, whose energy and pulse – and kinetic dancing – propel the show. The more you find unique characters for each member of the ensemble and embrace their individual senses of humor and connection to the heart of the story, the more the show comes alive.
Ultimately, this show is a joy machine, and the fuel it runs on is the spirit created in the rehearsal room. We encourage you to cultivate all the humor, humanity and appreciation for this beloved era you can, and we wish you a wonderful stay at Holiday Inn.
Gordon Greenberg & Chad Hodge Book writers, Holiday Inn
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 Jims best friend and performing partner; a charming ladies man looking for his big break, thirties (lyric baritone)
Lila Dixon a determined performer and Jims mismatched fiancée, thirties (high belt)
Danny Jim, Ted and Lilas 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 Voice Over
Dannys Mother (Voice Over)
Holiday Inn guests
HOLIDAY INN takes place in and around Mason Farmhouse as well as the following locations in 1946-1947.
Scene 1: The Cats Meow Nightclub, Stage August 1946
Scene 2: Lilas Dressing Room, Backstage at The Cats 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: Lindas Apartment Thanksgiving 1946
Scene 8: KENO Radio Studios / The Farmhouse
Scene 9: The Farmhouse Christmas Eve 1946
Scene 10, Holiday Inn (Stage) New Years Eve 1946
Scene 1: Holiday Inn (Bedroom & Halls) New Years 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) Valentines 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)
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 TRUMPET 1
1 TRUMPET 2
1 TROMBONE 1
1 TROMBONE 2
1 KEYBOARD 1 (Piano)
1 KEYBOARD 2 (Synthesizer)
1 VIOLIN 1 (Divisi)
1 VIOLIN 2 (Divisi)
1 CELLO (Divisi)
1 ACOUSTIC BASS
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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