27 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.
The New York Times
"All of the performers are skilled singers and actors, filling in the generic contours of their characters with proficient professionalism...The interpolated songs are integrated into the plot smoothly enough, without lifting the show’s mild temperature...'Holiday Inn' wore out its welcome for me well before the inevitable reprise of 'White Christmas' that comes toward the close...It’s polished and pleasant. But a great gift to the theater season aborning it’s not."
Time Out New York
"Bleu has a winning muscularity and grace in various tap and ballroom sequences. Pinkham generates some chemistry with Gayer. They duet sweetly on 'White Christmas,' one of the two dozen-odd Irving Berlin ditties jukeboxed into a jazzy-elegant score. And let’s hear it for the chorus—an adorable, charmingly diverse bunch. Sure, there’s more corn and cheese served in this earnest, sweater-vested affair than any nutritionist would approve, but what harm in a cup of early eggnog?"
"Even though the authors have tried to insert some contemporary zest into this 1946-set story, the promise of newness is largely undeliverable. Thankfully, 'Holiday Inn' embraces its traditional nature wholeheartedly, turning this premiere into a jubilant throwback to a bygone era...When Jones' eye-popping steps are combined with the sounds of the elegant 13-piece band led by Andy Einhorn, 'Holiday Inn' shimmers with that breathless pleasure only musicals can deliver."
“Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical” was also reviewed by Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Terry Teachout of Wall Street Journal, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jennifer Farrar of The Associated Press, Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly, Chris J Kelly of Star-Ledger (NJ.com), Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.
The show was also reviewed by 243 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny
See it if…"You like the movie 'Holiday Inn,' Irving Berlin songs, tap dancing, and light/fluffy musicals."
Don't see it if…"You don't like the movie, Irving Berlin, tap dancing, or are looking for something with more of a plot. This is light and entertaining."
See it if…"You enjoy Irving Berlin songs, beautiful costumes and staging, romantic stories with happy endings."
Don't see it if…"You don't like nostalgic stories or Irving Berlin music."
See it if… You like traditional musicals and want to see a star-making performance by the captivating and comedically pitch-perfect Lora Lee Gayer."
Don't see it if…"'Just fine' musicals aren't your thing, or if you didn't grow up with Berlin songs, or if you don't like shows with three too many dance breaks."
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