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Holiday Inn is playing at Studio 54 located at 254 West 54th Street. It runs two hours and twenty five minutes with one intermission. The musical closes on January 15, 2017.
The musical is based on the 1942 movie directed by Mark Sandrich starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
Irvin Berlin won a Tony Award in 1951 for Best Score for the musical Call Me Madame and a special Tony Award in 1963 for his contributions to the American Musical.
Anna Louizos is the set designer. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards for The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2013), In the Heights (2008) and High Fidelity (2007). Anna was nominated for four Drama Desk Awards for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (2009), In the Heights (2007), Curtains (2007) and High Fidelity (2007).
Bryce Pinkham was nominated for a Tony Award for a Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (2013).
Megan Lawrence was nominated for a Tony Award for The Pajama Game (2006).
Jim Hardy (Bryce Pinkham) has just finished a gig at The Cat’s Meow in Queens. He is in the dressing room of Lila Dixon (Megan Sikora). Jim is feed up with show business. He proposes to Lila and she accepts. Lila is not thrilled when he tells her he is buying a house in Connecticut. Ted Hanover (Corbin Blue) comes in and tells then they have a new gig. Lila decides to go with Ted and the troop leaving Jim to go to Connecticut alone.
Linda Mason (Lora Lee Gayer) comes to the house to collect things she has left. It was her family’s house before it was sold. She is a wanted to be an actress but is now a school teacher
Louise (Megan Lawrence) walks in, she work at the farm before. She stays to help Jim.
Things are not going well, the crops were not good and he may lose the farm.
All through the show Charlie Winslow (Morgan Goa) comes on a scoter with mail and other information.
When Jim’s friends visit including Ted and Lila at Christmas they start singing. Louise come up with an idea they could do shows during the different holidays and rent the rooms out hence “Holiday Inn”.
Danny (Danny Rutigliano) is Teds agent. He visits the farm with Ted. They are there to convince Linda to join him in Hollywood. They have chemistry when they dance together.
But Jim has fallen in Love with her.
There is more that happens that I am not telling or how it ends.
This is a wonderful show worth seeing. Classic songs like “Blue Skies”, “White Christmas” and “Cheek to Cheek” are sung.
The set design by Anna Louizos is wonderful, just enough to tell you where you are and not overpowering.
The main actors and ensemble are stellar. Bryce Pinkham, Corbin Blue and Lora Lee Gayer are wonderful. Danny Rutigliano and Megan Lawrence are amazing. New comer Morgan Goa who is 11 and making his Broadway debut is awesome.
Most of all Corbin Blue impressed me with his tap dancing. WOW!
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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