They'll Capture Your Heart! Meet the Full Company of HOLIDAY INN, Opening Tonight on Broadway
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of HOLIDAY INN, THE NEW Irving Berlin MUSICAL is now extended by two weeks through January 15, 2017. Holiday Inn, The New Irving BerlinMusical opens officially tonight, October 6, 2016, on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show!
The first-ever Broadway production of HOLIDAY INN is directed by Gordon Greenberg, choreographed by Denis Jones, and stars Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Megan Sikora, with Corbin Bleu and Tony Award nominee Lee Wilkof. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge's new book is inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, Holiday Inn.
The cast also includes Malik Akil, Will Burton, Barry Busby, Darien Crago, Caley Crawford, Jenifer Foote, Morgan Gao, Matt Meigs, Shina Ann Morris, Catherine Ricafort, Drew Redington, Amanda Rose, Jonalyn Saxer, Parker Slaybaugh, Samantha Sturm, Amy Van Norstrand, Travis Ward-Osborne, Paige Williams, Victor Wisehart, Kevin Worley, and Borris York.
Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical tells the story of Jim (Pinkham), who 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 (Gayer), a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn The Farmhouse into a fabulous inn with sensational performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend, Ted (Bleu), tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love? Whether you adored the film or are experiencing HOLIDAY INN for the first time, this year-round romance is sure to delight.
Bryce Pinkham (Jim). An American stage and screen actor, Bryce is most widely known for originating the role of Monty Navarro in the Tony Award-winning production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, for which he was nominated for a Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk Award. Most recently, he appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles as Peter Patrone, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. His other Broadway credits include Carl Bruner in Ghost the Musical and Henry Clay in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Bryce's television appearances include "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Person of Interest" (CBS), and the PBS miniseries "God in America." His upcoming on-screen appearances include Baz Lurman's Netflix series "The Get Down", Robert DeNiro's The Comedian and the second season of PBS' Civil War Drama Series "Mercy Street." A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bryce was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Foundation Early Career Fellowship in 2012. As a writer, Bryce has published articles on acting, performing, and education in American Theater Magazine, Yale Alumni Magazine and others. In 2012 Bryce helped found Zara Aina, an NGO that uses the power of theatrical storytelling to empower at-risk youth. In May 2013, Bryce led a team of American artists on Zara Aina's pilot program to Madagascar. Bryce is also a frequent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a social impact theater company that serves many communities but particularly focuses on military audiences. His most notable international tours include Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Kuwait, and Qatar. Bryce holds a BA from Boston College and an MA from the Yale School of Drama.
Corbin Bleu (Ted) is probably best known for the Emmy Award-winning High School Musicalfranchise. More recently, Bleu partnered with Karina Smirnoff on the 17th season of "Dancing With The Stars," placing a close second. Bleu starred on Broadway as "Jesus" in the revival of Godspell, which followed his rave reviewed performance as "Usnavi" in In The Heights. Another stage highlight was Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, starring as "Seaweed" opposite Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Los Angeles with his soon-to-be wife, Sasha.
Lora Lee Gayer (Linda). Broadway: Tonia in Doctor Zhivago, Young Sally in Follies. Off-Broadway and regional: Mable in Pipe Dream at Encores!; Elektra in These Seven Sicknesses at EPBB; Millie in Bull Durham at The Alliance Theater; Philia in A Funny Thing... at the Shakespeare Theater Company (Helen Hayes nomination); Young Sally in Follies at the Kennedy Center and Ahmanson Theater; Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees at Goodspeed Theater; and Carrie in Carouselat The Virginia Opera Theater. Other regional: The Muny, Kansas City Starlight, Bay Street Theater. Recent NYC readings and workshops: King Kong (Anne), Romy and Michelle's... (Christie), Bag of Nails (Suki), The New Yorkers (Alice Wentworth), Circus in Winter (Irene Hayden). Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Carnegie Mellon University.
Megan Lawrence (Louise). Broadway: Hair (also West End), The Pajama Game (Tony nomination), Urinetown, Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hair, Urinetown. Regional theatre: O. Henry's Lovers, Over and Over, The Rhythm Club, Cabaret (Helen Hayes nomination), Into the Woods (Helen Hayes Award), Company (Helen Hayes nomination), Falsettos. Television: "One Life to Live." Megan is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Megan Sikora (Lila Dixon) has been seen on and off Broadway in The Nance (Standby), Under My Skin (Nanette), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Encores! (Gloria), How To Succeed In Business(Miss Krumholtz), Promises, Promises (Miss Polanski, Sylvie, Turkey Lurkey), Curtains (Bambi / LA Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), Applause at Encores! (Bonnie),Showboat at Carnegie Hall (Ellie), Wicked (u/s Glinda and Nessarose), Dracula (u/s Lucy and Mina),Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth), 42nd Street (Lorraine), and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Regional theatre: The Old Globe and Hartford Stage: Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me Kate; Papermill Playhouse: Claudine in Can Can, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma!; TUTS: Miss Shields in A Christmas Story; Marriott Lincolnshire: Sally Bowles in Cabaret; and toured as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Judy in White Christmas. TV/ Film: "Braindead" coming to CBS this summer, "Elementary," "Boardwalk Empire," and "Important Things With Dimitre Martin," and The Bleeder starring Liev Schreiber, premiering next year.
Lee Wilkof (Danny). Roundabout She Loves Me,The Boys From Syracuse. Broadway:Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Odd Couple, Democracy, Kiss Me, Kate (Drama Desk & Tony nominations), The Front Page, Sweet Charity. Other theater:The Present Tense(OBIE Award, Drama Desk nominations),Little Shop of Horrors (original cast), Assassins (original cast, Drama Desk nomination), The Iceman Cometh Goodman, BAM), Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks (MTC),Chaucer In Rome(LCT),Grand Concourse (PH), June Moon, The Underpants, Slavs (Center Stage, Yale Rep), Wicked (National Tour), Williamstown Theater Festival (four seasons). Selected television: "High Maintenance," "Alpha House," "The West Wing," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Ally McBeal" (SAG Award), "Law & Order," "Cop Rock," "Max Headroom," "Hart to Hart," "Newhart," "Delta House," "The Gong Show," "The Tonight Show." Selected film: The Grey Zone, Listen Up Phillip, The School of Rock, Private Parts, Leaves of Grass, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, This Boy's Life, Route 30 Trilogy, Dark Horse, The Entity, Xanadu. Lee directed the film No Pay, Nudity, which will be released later this year.
Malik Akil (Ensemble) is ecstatic and blessed to be making his Broadway debut with this company! A recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University.
Will Burton (Ensemble) is making his Roundabout debut with Holiday Inn! Broadway: An American In Paris (ensemble, u/s Henri/Adam) Théâtre du Châtelet: AAIP. Regional: Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Arena, The Muny.
Barry Busby (Ensemble, Associate Choreographer). Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart (Signature). Tour: White Christmas (1st National) B.F.A. University of Oklahoma. Love to family, friends, Steve, and Denis for your unyielding support.
Darien Crago (Ensemble). Broadway Debut! NYC: Encores! Paint Your Wagon and Lady, Be Good. National Tour: White Christmas. Regional: Goodspeed, Muny, Paper Mill. BFA Wright State University.
Caley Crawford (Ensemble). No bigger holiday than a Broadway debut! Credits: Holiday Inn(Goodspeed/MUNY), A Chorus Line (National Tour, Cassie), A Chorus Line (Riverside), White Christmas (WBT). Boston Conservatory Graduate.
Jenifer Foote (Ensemble). Roundabout: She Loves Me, On The Twentieth Century, ...Edwin Drood. Other Broadway: Follies, Rock of Ages, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula,Annie Get Your Gun. Associate Director/Choreographer credits include: Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz (Arena Tour), Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic; PBS), R&H's Cinderella (National Tour), The Cradle Will Rock (The Acting Company).
Morgan Gao (Charlie Winslow, Ensemble). Broadway debut! Regional: A Christmas Carol (The ALLIANCE THEATRE), La bohème (Atlanta Opera). Film/TV: Sweet Sweet Summertime, The Next Chapter, "Bless Yer Heart." Thanks to David Doan, Kim Pedell, Rosemary Newcott, The Lovett School.
Matt Meigs (Ensemble). Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, Matilda. Las Vegas: Rock of Ages (Franz). National Tour: Mary Poppins. Proud graduate of Elon University. Endless love and thanks to my family, friends, DGRW, Denis and Roundabout.
Shina Ann Morris (Ensemble). Roundabout: Anything Goes (u/s Erma). Other Broadway:Cinderella, Annie (Star to Be), Nice Work If You Can Get It, West Side Story (Consuela). Tour:Chicago (Annie). NY: Encores! Most Happy Fella, Bells Are Ringing. BFA: U of Michigan.
Catherine Ricafort (Ensemble). Truly blessed! Roundabout debut. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas (Mahi -"Friki Friki"), Disaster!, Allegiance, Cinderella, Mamma Mia! (Ali). TV: "The Sing-Off". BS Industrial Engineering, USC.
Drew Redington (Ensemble). Broadway Debut! Regional: The Muny, St. Louis Symphony/ STAGES, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Current student at Elon University.
Amanda Rose (Ensemble). Broadway/National tours: Wicked (Nessarose), Dr. Dolittle starring Tommy Tune, Oklahoma! (Laurey). Favorite recent regional: Gypsy (Louise, Pittsburgh CLO), 9 to 5(Judy, Walnut St.), A Chorus Line (Kristine, Papermill Playhouse), Sunset Blvd (Betty, PCLO/Fulton), Miss Saigon (Ellen, Ogunquit Playhouse), Curtains (Nikki, Papermill Playhouse).
Jonalyn Saxer (Ensemble). Jonalyn is thrilled to be making her Roundabout debut! Broadway:Honeymoon In Vegas, Bullets Over Broadway. World Premier: Gotta Dance, Moonshine. Regional: Muny (42nd Street, Peggy Sawyer), Pittsburgh CLO, MSMT. Proud Syracuse Graduate.
Parker Slaybaugh (Ensemble). Broadway Debut! Tour: Hello Dolly! w/ Sally Struthers(Barnaby), Oliver! Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, West Side Story (PMPlayhouse),Camelot, H2$, The Nutcracker (Miami Ballet). Film: ABC's Disney Parks Live (Newsie).
Samantha Sturm (Ensemble). Roundabout debut! Broadway (Original Cast): On The Town, Matilda the Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Addams Family Musical. Nat'l Tours: Evita, Cats. Various regional credits.
Amy Van Norstrand (Ensemble). Broadway Debut! Favorite credits: Holiday Inn (World Premier Goodspeed/ MUNY), Elf the Musical (national tour/MSG), 42nd Street (MUNY), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Paper Mill Playhouse). Point Park University grad.
Travis Ward-Osborne (Ensemble). BFA in musical theatre, University of Michigan (GO BLUE!). Proud AEA. Broadway: Disney's Aladdin (Swing). Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Adams Family; Hello, Dolly! (MUNY St. Louis).
Paige Williams (Ensemble). Broadway and Roundabout debut! OCU dance performance graduate. National tours: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Mary Poppins. Regional credits: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny, and MT Wichita. Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Rockette (NYC and Nashville).
Victor Wisehart (Ensemble). Roundabout Debut! Broadway: An American In Paris (Mr.Z) London: West Side Story NYC: Encore's Pipe Dream. Tours: 1st Nat. LCT's South Pacific, 50th Ann World Tour West Side Story. Regional: Goodspeed, Huntington, Goodman, Arena Stages, St. Louis MUNY. OBC Cast recordings: An American In Paris, Pipe Dream.
Kevin Worley (Ensemble) tap dances because of THIS movie! Broadway: On the Town, Something Rotten, Dames At Sea, Bullets Over Broadway, Cinderella , 42nd Street, White Christmas, A Chorus Line.
Borris York (Ensemble). Tours: Pippin (Manson Trio). Regional: Muny, TUTS, KCStarlight, Casa Mañana, Music Theatre of Wichita, Stages St. Louis. TV: "Smash" (NBC).