Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” from Great Performances – Friday, November 20 at 9 p.m.< < Back to
The festive Roundabout Theatre Company production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn comes to PBS Friday, November 20 at 9 p.m. continuing the Great Performances marathon within PBS’s Fall Broadway’s best lineup.
Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway—as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila—to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut … but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping 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?
Songs include such Irving Berlin all-time classics as “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Heat Wave,” “Blue Skies,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” “Easter Parade,” and, of course, “White Christmas.”
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, produced in association with Universal Stage Productions, starring Tony Award® nominee Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award® nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora and Corbin Bleu, was captured live on 14 high-definition cameras at Roundabout’s Studio 54. The critically-acclaimed production opened on Broadway on October 6, 2016 with Variety exclaiming “Smashing performers, dynamic dancing and a lively orchestra make it the FEEL GOOD show of the fall!”
The musical was directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, the new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge was inspired by the Academy Award-winning film “Holiday Inn” starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
Major support for the stage production of “Holiday Inn” was provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. “Holiday Inn” benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere.
For Great Performances, Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.
For BroadwayHD, this performance of Holiday Inn was produced by Stewart F Lane; Bonnie Comley is executive producer.