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Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy, Enchanting

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new musical inspired by the beloved 1942 film, featuring songs by the legendary Irving Berlin. Starring Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu of 'High School Musical' fame.

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Jim 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? Featuring a host of iconic songs including "White Christmas," "Easter Parade," and "Blue Skies."


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90
Edge New York

"The script is sharp; Jones' fertile choreography stops the show; and your whole row will perk up at the astonishing array of familiar Berlin gems...The occasionally quaint qualities of the overall show don't need forgiving, because just when it seems the gang is heading into sappy territory, this very talented company jolts the house with jaw-dropping production numbers that continue to give the Broadway experience its own unique and beloved New York particularity...Blue skies, indeed!" Full Review

90
Deadline

"An endorphin assault, inducing warm-bath pleasure like no other show since '42nd Street.' The dancing is spectacular, the singing sublime, the visuals are ingenious and, almost incidentally, there’s the cataract of Irving Berlin songs...Corbin Bleu is the discovery, tapping up a storm that recalls the young Sammy Davis Jr...Above all, Denis Jones deploys a smallish troupe of dazzling hoofers with a perfect mix of precision and abandon." Full Review

85
ZEALnyc

"With 'Holiday Inn,' co-librettists Greenberg and Hodge have come as close as anyone before them to creating what feels like an organically crafted musical from a set of inorganic parts...This 'Holiday Inn' is an admittedly slight but charming diversion that’s old-fashioned in feel, but full of modern storytelling and staging know-how...Perhaps the most impressive achievement comes from choreographer Denis Jones, who whips up two crowd-pleasing, keister-kicking showstoppers." Full Review

85
Towleroad

"The production breathes fresh life into a classic movie musical with a book updated to suit modern ears and stars who make familiar songs sound new again...Pinkham’s honeyed vocals and almost deranged charm make him the one to root for...Whether audiences are inclined to the show’s old-timey feel or nostalgic for its Berlin score, it’s Greenberg’s book with co-scribe Hodge that lends 'Holiday Inn' an easy humor, one that doesn’t try too hard for laughs and often lands them one after another." Full Review

85
On Stage Blog

"Paired with Berlin’s incomparable and timeless tunes the classic show has found a new life with the talented cast...The standout performances belong to Pinkham, Lawrence and Bleu. Pinkham’s voice is enough to make even the most Crosby-crazed gal swoon and he has just the right combination of comedic timing, charisma and passion to play Jim...Bleu had a lot to live up to with the firecracker dance number...I had high expectations for the dancing and choreography and Bleu nailed it." Full Review

85
New York Daily News

"If you’re in the mood for show that's light-on-its-feet and wall-to-wall Irving Berlin, check into Broadway’s 'Holiday Inn'...It’s familiar and vanilla-flavored fluff, but with tasty sprinkles: a fine cast, tap-happy hoofing and colorfully witty costumes."' Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"While Roundabout's new musical is, by contemporary Broadway standards, a bit small-scale, it accomplishes the Berlin mission of pushing delicious songs to the forefront, along with the terrific talents of its gem of a cast...'Holiday Inn' is unabashed fluff, delectably served up sharp and snazzy from start to finish." Full Review

85
Variety

"Greenberg and Hodge have significantly rethought, reshaped and revitalized the script, giving the show more heart, a slightly modern sensibility and a joyful spirit. Engaging performances, dynamic dancing and a lively orchestra make it the feel-good show of the fall...The lead performers are smashing, especially Pinkham...Bleu is a spark plug of energy, and his hoofing in 'You’re Easy to Dance With' and 'Let’s Say It With Firecrackers' are two of the musical’s dance delights." Full Review

85
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"An enjoyable stage treat, with winsome leads and a talented troupe that can generate audience applause with exhilarating dance numbers. Sure, the story is corny, but the performers in this show can make characters reasonably believable even in the most far-fetched situations...Greenberg’s direction has plenty of spirit, with the numbers cleverly woven into the story and projecting the plot forward with an emphasis on keeping the entertainment gears moving." Full Review

80
Bob's Theater Blog

"If you are stressed out by the state of the nation, get yourself to Studio 54 where you can return to a simpler, gentler America, at least for 2+ hours...The lively choreography by Denis Jones is well executed by a chorus of 16...The large orchestra and attractive arrangements give Berlin his due. And hearing 'White Christmas' twice more won’t kill you. This Roundabout production may be the musical equivalent of comfort food, but a little comfort is most welcome these days." Full Review

80
Epoch Times

"While not the great American drama, it is a light, fun-filled show providing classic Irving Berlin music, excellent choreography by Denis Jones, and beautiful costumes by Alejo Vietti...There were many creative musical numbers by a talented cast, but 'Shaking the Blues Away' was a standout, especially with the use of jump ropes. Conductor Andy Einhorn made Berlin’s beautiful music fill the theater." Full Review

80
Carey Purcell

"The musical’s book, by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge is, at times, much too predictable, while its moments of self-conscious satire are welcome...But the spirit of the story, as well as the cast, who are directed by Greenberg, is infectious. Pinkham, an accomplished stage actor, brings a self-deprecating charm to the role of Jim, while Bleu’s joy at tapping on Broadway is apparent in every scene...It’s a good time for this tap-happy burst of optimism to arrive on Broadway." Full Review

80
DC Metro Theater Arts

"Director Gordon Greenberg and his co-book writer Chad Hodge, and most certainly choreographer Denis Jones, have avoided all things familiar in their various departments and have certainly turned this old thing into something new again...If there was ever a slight bit of shakiness in the second act plot line, I was more than willing to give the show that chance to catch its breath. Certainly the cast played as though every moment hit home, and sure enough, it found footing once again." Full Review

80
Musical Theater Review

"It’s a show filled with the old-time virtues of old-time Broadway musical comedy. Nothing groundbreaking, provocative, intense or jolting. Just sit back and enjoy...The real strength of the show, as you might expect, though, lies in the Berlin hit parade...The plentiful choreography by Denis Jones often pumps them up to near show-stopping glory...True, the Jim-Linda romance never really sizzles with passion. However, those Berlin tunes provide all the romance you could want." Full Review

80
Theatre Reviews Limited

"Consider this a medley of some of his greatest hits...There is a love triangle or two, but mostly what this production has is great music and top-notch performances...Greenberg is a relatively new name for Broadway and generally keeps the action moving...There are a couple dance numbers, choreographed by Denis Jones, that bring down the house with a combination of tapping, jumping rope, juggling and more...It honestly felt good to me." Full Review

80
NorthJersey.com

"The show is indeed old-fashioned — but in a very pleasant way. It doesn't poke smug fun at itself, or, at the other end of the attitude spectrum, pretend with a straight face that tastes haven't changed in 75 years. Rather, it takes an appealing middle ground...Though 'Holiday Inn' might be a musical constructed according to a formula, it's a winning example of the type. Forgettable, perhaps, but fun while you're watching it." Full Review

80
NJ.com

"Directed with generosity and warmth by Gordon Greenberg — and as performed by a pair of dashing and very endearing leading men, Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu — this 'Holiday Inn' wears down all defenses...That all of these songs work together is more a testament to the sturdiness of Berlin's music — and the excellent singing throughout — than Greenberg and Hodges's script, which doesn't always make sense...Flaws and all, 'Holiday Inn' leaves you unreservedly happy." Full Review

80
CurtainUp

"Though Greenberg and Hodges' still rely on a feather-weight plot and feel-good nostalgia, it doesn't really matter. You see, the really new thing about their production is how smoothly they've mixed songs from the Irving Berlin canon in with those from the original movie...The production numbers showcase Aleji Vietti's snazzy costumes as well as Mr. Jones's choreography. Jones does particularly notable work with the first act's jump rope routines in 'Shakin'The Blues Away." Full Review

80
Entertainment Weekly

"There’s virtually nothing new about 'Holiday Inn'...The characters are so stock they’re practically cardboard. And the 'plot' is pretty much just a clothesline on which to hang Berlin’s songs. Still, you’d have to be a total Grinch not to melt even a little during Berlin’s comforting-as-cocoa Christmas ballad. And who couldn’t succumb to the charms of the tap-happy 'Shaking the Blues Away'...That’s all it takes to get the audience immediately into the holiday spirit." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"So sweetly wholesome that you experience a sugar rush while watching it, the show is corny and predictable. But it will surely provide a happy diversion for stressed-out theatergoers during the holiday season...Pinkham and Gayer prove an appealing romantic duo, while Bleu displays his formidable singing and dancing chops in his underwritten role...There may be lulls in between, but this is a 'Holiday Inn' you'll want to check into." Full Review

80
WNBC

"Book yourself into 'Holiday Inn' just to see the pyrotechnics when tap whiz Corbin Bleu dances around, dodging faux explosives that are snapping at his feet. The 'High School Musical' star breathes into it new life...'Holiday Inn' is a lovely excuse to get lost in the Berlin chestnuts, particularly as they’ve been reimagined by choreographer Jones. The new story sometimes tries too hard to be charming and old-fashioned, but overall 'Holiday Inn' is a satisfying autumn offering." Full Review

80
The Associated Press

"This pleasing update includes memorable songs from that film plus a few other stylish Berlin tunes...The nostalgia factor is amped up with plenty of full, splashy dazzling dance numbers and lavish costumes. Jones has filled the cavernous stage with exuberant choreography, and the nimble, hardworking ensemble is airborne one minute, then dreamily waltzing the next...This tuneful confection of standards definitely harkens back to the golden age of musicals." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

80
Front Mezz Junkies

"We only have to sit back and relax. Open our hearts to the beautiful Irving Berlin songs and take in with all the love we have of choreographer Denis Jones’s spectacular dance numbers...Greenberg and Hodge kept the joy and the fun, and got rid of the awkward moments in the film...Return to a place that is warm and optimistic, even if it is a fantasy land filled with lovely music and great tap-dance numbers." Full Review

80
Reviewing The Drama

"It’s a simple plot, typical of musical comedies from the '40s, mostly meant to entertain and be the conveyance for songs and dances. Lots of songs and dances. And by this measure, the new old-fashioned musical is entirely pleasant. It’s fun and fluffy, and has a creamy, sorbet-colored palette that’s pleasing to the eyes. The book feels fresh and modern, though some of the modernisms come off as a little anachronistic. That’s no bother, though." Full Review

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70
Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love Irving Berlin music.

Don't see it if you don't like Irving Berlin's songs. If you want to save money and spend it in more interesting shows.

Also It is not a play that stays in your mind. Completely forgettable, unin... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Fun, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if Like classic musical with greasy dancing

Don't see it if What something new

Also Loved all the dancing

70
Delightful, Cliched, Slow, Dated, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Irving Berlin music with great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with an elaborate storyline.

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if you are a fan of big dance musicals. It is very entertaining and fun around the holidays.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals that do not have much of a message.

90
Absorbing, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy great dancing and singing, Irving Berlin classics, a cute story.

Don't see it if You are seeking an overly original type of musical, don't like the Classic Broadway feel.

71
Romantic, Dated, Great staging

See it if you love classic musical theater or old Hollywood/you don't mind troubling gender norms/you want some excellent dancing

Don't see it if you want something modern or relevant

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if You like feel-good, corny, light musicals. Stellar dancing & great, memorable music (Irving Berlin). Great pick-me-up when I had rough week.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of corny, predictable shows, lots of dancing, Irving Berlin. You prefer edgy dramas. This is all fun fluff.

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Cute

See it if you like classic musicals - even though this is new, it has a classic feel.

Don't see it if you prefer darker or more contemporary shows.

62
Meh

See it if the idea of shoe-horning a plot into a musical revue sounds worthwhile. If you love fluff and dazzling choreography.

Don't see it if you’re expecting depth.

82
Romantic, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you love Berlin's classic songs, want a fluffy happy piece of theater that has amazing dance numbers

Don't see it if you want characters with some redeeming qualities who aren't only out to get personal gain

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Classic, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of the leads, the movie, Irving Berlin, feel-good classic musicals

Don't see it if you prefer more contemporary or faster-paced shows

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Engaging, Fluffy

See it if classic Broadway or Hollywood musicals

Don't see it if don't like musicals

49
Slow, Dated, Stale

See it if you enjoy Irving Berlin music and good dancing. The performances were fine, the show was just mind-numblingly boring.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake in theatre.

85
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like story telling and musicals. Simple and entertaining show.

Don't see it if You're expecting a big stage production.

90
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love a fun, wholesome, optimistic show with heart and great performances.

Don't see it if you want a show that takes a stance or reflects our current social climate, this show is pure joy!

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Cute, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if Such a delightful evening of classic musical theatre! The dancing is out of this world and you'll want to sing a long!

Don't see it if You don't like fluffy musical theatre.

75
Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A nice musical, catchy songs, nice libretto.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

75
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great dancing, Feel-good

See it if you're looking for a fun night out. It's a wonderful, feel-good show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with more depth.

74
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like Irving Berlin and old-timey type musicals. This could have been produced in 1940's. Bryce Pinkham is always a delight.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything new and/or exciting. Very cliche

69
Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Low energy, Bad casting

See it if If you liked the movie.

Don't see it if If you liked the movie (not as good).

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if Bryce Pinkham, Megan Sikora, dance numbers (jump rope!), Anna Louizos sets - most of all the Irving Berlin music

Don't see it if Book/story keeps falling into waist-high potholes which left me daydreaming/nappinng/etc (still worth watching via BroadwayInHD broadcast)

80
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You still have Christmas mood

Don't see it if It will be closed in 3 days, see it!

93
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Youre a fan of Irving Berlin music and/ or well done adaptations from screen to stage

Don't see it if You want a modern musical with modern music

75
Funny, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You enjoy the movie, want a cute, entertaining show. Enjoy great Irving Berlin music!

Don't see it if you hate Holiday based shows. This is not a show where you have to think much to understand the plot.

75
Delightful, Romantic, Dated, Entertaining, Great music

See it if you enjoy romance and song and are in the mood for some light, safe, family-friendly entertainment.

Don't see it if you expect showstopping dance routines throughout the entire show. The dancing peaks in the Act 1 finale and never regains steam.



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