ZELIENOPLE – “Holiday Inn,” the Broadway musical based on the beloved and beloved 1942 film, opens at The Strand on Friday.
The Irving Berlin musical is the perfect way to get in the holiday mood, a theater conductor said.
Ron Carter, executive director of The Strand Initiative, said they were thrilled to be the first place in the Pittsburgh market to license and produce “Holiday Inn”.
The iconic Christmas song “White Christmas” debuted in “Holiday Inn” and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. (Bing) Crosby’s single sold 50 million copies, the more for a single, ”he said.
The production includes many classic favorites “Blue Skies”, “Steppin ‘Out with My Baby”, “Heat Wave” and “Happy Holiday”, and the best part is that the live music is back at The Strand with Bruce Smith in as Music Director bring this production to the next level, where the audience will see, hear and experience the music.
Director Jeremy Czarniak said he was excited to make “Holiday Inn” because he loved the movie and it’s been part of his Christmas tradition for years.
“I learned about the show before it even played on Broadway thanks to a former Point Park student who was in the original production,” he said. “The show differs from the movie in a number of ways, while the story is pretty much the same, but we get a lot of different music, a few more characters, and the expansion of some of the others. It’s fantastic.”
The cast of Czarniak is led by veteran actor Quinn Patrick Shannon, who makes his Strand debut, as Jim. Shannon’s long list of theatrical experiences includes the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
“Quinn has great comedic sensibility, vocal prowess and acting skills that have been exceptionally impressive. All of the cast members shine brightly in their respective roles,” Czarniak said.
Other cast members include Caroline Nicolian, who was nominated for Best Actress by the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2017, as Lila; Jon Rolf as Ted; Emily-Ann Stephens as Linda; and Elizabeth Surmacz as Louise.
“Holiday Inn” is the story of Jim leaving the lights of show business to move to his farm in Connecticut, but of course life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. . When Jim meets Linda, an incredibly talented schoolteacher, the rest is dazzling performances to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday to July 4th.
This production presents song and dance at their best. Audiences can sit and enjoy the best of Irving Berlin in the intimate space of The Strand and let the actors sing and dance them until the holiday season.
“Holiday Inn” occurs at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday November 19 and 20, and at 2 pm Sunday and November 20 and 21. The theater is located at 119 N. Main St., Zelienople.
The cost is $ 30 each and $ 40 each for reserved seats. For more information, visit thestrandtheater.org or call 724-742-0400.
This article originally appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: The Strand Theater to go into production ‘Holiday Inn’