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HYN-0007F-StandardArtFiles-640x640px-V2On September 1, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical begins previews at Studio 54. The title itself should tell you that the show is a fascinating combination of old and new. Yes, this is a brand new musical, but yes, it also has a score by none other than the great Irving Berlin, who did most of his songwriting in the first half of the 20th century. So how did these classic and brand-new elements come together in this way?

Holiday Inn originated as a musical film in 1942, and, importantly, the movie would have significance beyond its huge box office success. The attack on Pearl Harbor came in the middle of shooting, and the film would be released to an American public coming to terms with a world at war. In many ways, Holiday Inn became a tonic for these difficult times, offering an escape from the serious cares of life through song and dance that celebrated the best days of the year, the holidays in which we all come together with loved ones. In fact, the biggest hit from Berlin’s score was “White Christmas,” a song with the simplest of melodies and lyrics, which resonated deeply with a public thinking about their sons fighting abroad, yearning for a holiday at home “just like the ones I used to know.”

Today, with the advantage of more than 70 years of distance, we are able to look at Holiday Inn with new eyes. While fans of the original film will see their favorite moments and hear their favorite songs, writers Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge have updated the story and humor for today’s audiences, with the added bonus of including even more Irving Berlin classic songs, from “Blue Skies” to “Cheek to Cheek.” And as you’re tapping your toes at this joyful production, I hope you’ll see that the piece still provides that same tonic it was for moviegoers back in 1942. With high spirits and romance to spare, Holiday Inn does something that musicals do better than perhaps any other form – they bring a smile to our face and allow us to forget reality, even for just a couple of hours.

I know you will have a wonderful time taking a trip with us to Holiday Inn, rejoicing in the high-energy song and dance and relishing the story of love and friendship at its heart. As always, I am eager to hear your thoughts, so please continue to email me throughout this 50th Anniversary season at artisticoffice@roundabouttheatre.org. I can’t tell you how greatly I value your feedback.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Sincerely,

Todd Haimes
Artistic Director


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I'm thrilled to announce the cast for next season's production of Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer. Please join me in welcoming Richard Armitage, Alex Hurt, Zoe Kazan, Ben Rosenfield, and Amy Ryan to the Roundabout stage.

Amy is a Roundabout alum, having appeared in Uncle Vanya (also under the direction of Michael Mayer), Three Sisters, The Women, and A Streetcar Named Desire, and receiving Tony nominations for her performances in both Uncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire. The rest of the cast will be joining us for the first time; they bring exceptional film, television, and theatre credits with them.

I’m honored to have this phenomenal cast bringing the US premiere of Mike Bartlett’s play to life. It’s a demanding play for actors, and I know this cast – especially under the expert direction of Michael Mayer – is more than up to the task.

Love, Love, Love begins previews at The Laura Pels Theatre on September 22. For tickets and information, please visit our website.


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SIGNIFICANT OTHER Moves to Broadway

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Todd Haimes

 

SO-0005M-StandardArtFilesStandardArtFiles-300x300pxI’m happy to announce that schedules and theaters have finally aligned, and Significant Other will be transferring to Broadway in early 2017 with its full cast and design team intact.

The show will move into a Shubert Theatre to be announced, and performances will begin in mid-February.

The production will mark playwright Joshua Harmon and director Trip Cullman’s Broadway debuts. I’m incredibly proud to see yet another alum of the Roundabout Underground (Josh’s play Bad Jews premiered in the Underground and subsequently moved to the Pels) taking the leap to Broadway. And I am so happy that Josh’s sharp, funny, and sensitive play will be shared with a wider audience – and will again be brought to life by a phenomenal cast, including Gideon Glick and Lindsay Mendez.

This transfer marks another exciting achievement for our New Play Initiative. Thank you to everyone – most especially to Jill Rafson – for making the NPI such a vital part of Roundabout’s mission.


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