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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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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." Full Review


"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

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


"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

New York Magazine / Vulture

"Holiday Inn' is less a 'New Irving Berlin Musical' than a new Irving Berlin medley. But that seems to have been the intention, using the cover of old-fashioned family entertainment to excuse the let’s-throw-it-all-on-the-stage aesthetic. The emphasis on brightness and speed is so extreme that the show too often feels paradoxically dim and tiresome. (The sets are flat, the lights are glare-y, and the costumes are garish.) Certainly the dialogue, which is mostly backfill, doesn’t help." Full Review


"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

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?" Full Review

The Huffington Post

"An unassuming and unchallenging musical, and an ineffectively assembled one at that. On the plus side, there are three very good dance numbers and some ingratiating performances...Audiences looking for a non-challenging, 100% old-fashioned musical might well have an altogether swell time at 'Holiday Inn.' But the overall effect is dampened, as if everything but that firecracker number was staged with soggy powder." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"No real effort has been made to differentiate this show from the other recent Berlin offering, 'White Christmas,' or to integrate the songs into the show...You can check out anytime you like, and chances are that one will as the leaden dialogue trudges to its close. Still, the Berlin tunes are of course a treat, with zippy orchestrations and zestful playing...If a new musical ever needed fresh linens, it’s this one." Full Review

Theater Life

"This new edition is pleasant enough, featuring a treasure trove of Irving Berlin tunes..,All are delivered with charm by a smiling ensemble and directed with precision by Gordon Greenberg. But everyone is such a darned nice gal or fella, there’s no tension or sizzle...They have all been directed and written with no darkness to contrast the constant cheerful light...There are mildly enjoyable musical consolations, but the numbers don’t really take off until late in the first act." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"'Holiday Inn' arrives with such a winning smile and lively spring in its step that I'm sorry to say that it doesn't put one in more of a holiday mood...Adaptations are supposed to improve on their source material; this one has got it the other way around...Under Greenberg's direction, everyone in the highly professional cast does their best with punchlines that could use some more punch...A collection of classic elements lacking a strong point of view." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"The Broadway adaptation of the movie features a hard-working, elegantly costumed cast in one pleasantly diverting musical number after another. But it’ll help to check your sense and sensibility in the coatroom...Bleu’s performance is a revelation...There are other changes from the movie that add up to a complicated lesson in gender and racial cultural politics...One can try to overlook such assaults on current sensibilities for the bliss of a 13-piece orchestra performing Berlin’s melodies." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"It’s slick, synthetic and soulless, a musical full of robotic jokes and devoid of genuine romance. The uncharismatic leading men, Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, are to Crosby and Astaire what a Whopper is to a New York strip. The only noteworthy thing about 'Holiday Inn' is Megan Lawrence, who makes something extra-special out of the thankless part of the smart-ass second banana who doesn’t get the guy." Full Review

AM New York

"'Holiday Inn' only occasionally springs to life (usually when Bleu takes center stage and reveals his dashing presence and dancing abilities) and too often feels like another generic jukebox musical or holiday attraction. Its attempts to add comedy by mocking the innocence of the genre reek of desperation. It also lacks the production values and breezy feel of 'White Christmas,' which really did succeed as pure entertainment." Full Review

Front Row Center

"There is a story line to follow, but it is clear from the start that it exists only to serve as a launching pad for the beautiful songs of Irving Berlin, and to pause when a big dance number is ready to stop the show...A short stay at 'Holiday Inn' provides a welcome getaway...Where else can 'Shaking the Blues Away' transform into a fantastic chorus number featuring tap dancers with jump ropes?...Director Gordon Greenberg has the show running like a well-oiled machine." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Despite doing absolutely nothing new, it's managed to push contemporary theatrical escapism to dizzying, unheard-of heights. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that. But usually they aim to give you an ounce or two of meat with your foot-tall mound of Cool Whip...Does it matter? Only if you're looking for dramatic cohesion. But if you can set that aside, you will have a grand old time on the most superficial of levels." Full Review


"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

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

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


"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

Theater In The Now

"This production of 'Holiday Inn' is an instant classic. If you're expecting perfection, this is not your show. 'Holiday Inn' is all about the fun...Even as a formulaic musical comedy, 'Holiday Inn' fulfills the smile quota...Pinkham is a magnificent leading man. Pinkham’s charisma carried the show. Opposite Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer is delightful...Broadway always needs a show that will do nothing short of entertain. 'Holiday Inn' is that show this season." Full Review

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

The Wrap

"By the time the show’s big Fourth of July number rolls around, theatergoers will be hoping they skip Labor Day and Thanksgiving to wrap it up quickly with a Santa Claus finale. Slower than that spiritless denouement is the entire first act...Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu aren’t Crosby and Astaire, but they bring the show its few occasional sparks...'Holiday Inn' is that 'let’s put on a show in the barn' kind of musical. Greenberg’s direction rarely succeeds in filling the vast space." Full Review


"Better suited to community theater than to Broadway...Of the lead performers, only Corbin Bleu, a talented dancer, manages to make something of his role...The rest are fine, but not necessarily right for their roles...What you have in the end is the Irving Berlin songs. The problem is, only a couple of them are staged with any panache...The show as a whole is lacking in so many of its elements that it fails to satisfy, even on the light-and-fluffy entertainment scale." Full Review


"It will absolutely chase your blues away for two hours, but it isn’t quite good enough to warrant making a return reservation...As good as the principals are, though, the standout performances come from the brilliantly funny Megan Lawrence, the hilarious Lee Wilkof, and Morgan Gao...The disappointment in the production comes primarily from Denis Jones’ choreography, which is never less-than-serviceable, but only really catches fire twice...It just didn’t capture my heart." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Engaging, Fluffy

See it if classic Broadway or Hollywood musicals

Don't see it if don't like musicals

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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)

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!

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

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.

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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