Like “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “A Christmas Story,” “Holiday Inn” is a staple this holiday season.
Who can forget all those sensational tap dancing Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” for the first time on the big screen? After a delayed opening weekend due to a positive COVID-19 case, the Academy Theater looks forward to paying homage to this iconic film in its adaptation of “Holiday Inn,” December 10-19.
Packed from top to bottom with the music of Irving Berlin, “Holiday Inn” tells the story of a “man of song and dance”, Jim, who leaves show business to live and work on a farm of Connecticut. Once he finds out he can’t even grow a tomato, he decides to turn his house into a “flagship hotel,” with the help of a local school teacher, Linda Mason.
The hostel has a dazzling performance for every holiday from Thanksgiving to July 4th, hence the name.
The Academy Theater production features an exceptionally talented cast, including local favorites Anne Conti as Linda Mason, Dan Winston as Ted Hanover, Julie Cepec as Lila Dixon, Terri Gilmore as Louise, Darrel Whitney as Danny, Winstynn Oates as Charlie Winslow and Ted Watts Jr. as Jim Hardy, plus an amazing dance ensemble!
While the classic film featured Christmas standards such as “Happy Holidays” and “White Christmas,” the Broadway show adds additional Berlin songs that were not originally in the film, most notably “Blue Skies,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” “Cheek to Cheek” and many more. Most musicals are lucky enough to have a mind-blowing number; “Holiday Inn” is packed with over a dozen.
Do you like Irving Berlin? Purchase a combo pass for $ 35, which includes a ticket to “Holiday Inn” at Meadville’s Academy Theater and a ticket to “White Christmas” at Erie Playhouse. “Holiday Inn” runs December 10-19 at the historic Academy Theater, 275 Chestnut St.
For more information on schedules and ticket sales, contact the Academy at (814) 337-8000 or visit our website. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online at theacademytheatre.org at no additional convenience charge. Tickets are $ 22 (general admission), $ 20 (seniors) or $ 16 (students) with an additional presale discount for all tickets purchased at least one hour before the start of the show.
Saturday, a variety of cookies will be available for purchase at $ 5 per dozen from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Julia Kemp is artistic director of the Academy Theater.