HOLIDAY INN Opens at The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

HOLIDAY INN Opens at The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre FestivalNext up this summer at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) is Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. The show runs August 1 through August 22 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park.

Based on the classic film, this joyous song and dance musical features show-stopping dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs including "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "Cheek to Cheek," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more! Come sing and dance with us as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary with this happy go lucky, toe tapping hit. And bring the entire family!

Holiday Inn is directed and choreographed by Richard J. Hinds (Broadway: Come From Away, Newsies, Jekyll and Hyde, Il Divo: A Musical Affair) with Elizabeth Picini (Regional: Singin' In the Rain at the Muny) as Associate Choreographer, Corrine Aquilina (Broadway: The Boys from Oz, Annie, Five Guys Named Moe, The Great American Trailer Park Musical) as Music Director, and Jeff Cox (NYC: The Band's Visit) as Assistant Musical Director. Holiday Inn will feature scenic design by Shoko Kambara (World Premiere of The Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera), lighting design by Jose Santiago (MGR: Mamma Mia!, Parade, Always... Patsy Cline, Smokey Joe's Café), sound design by Ed Chapman (Broadway: Travisties), costume design by Tiffany Howard (MGR: Mamma Mia!, Guys and Dolls, Parade, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Crazy for You), and wig design by Alfonso Annotto (Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Putting it Together).


Ben Mayne (Off Broadway: The View UpStairs, Edwin) makes his festival debut as Jim Hardy, with Benjamin Mapp (International tour: Riverdance, Fame) as Ted Hanover. Julie Kavanagh (National tour: La Cage Aux Folles) returns to the festival as Lila Dixon, with Jennifer Evans (Broadway: Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities) also making a return to FLMTF as Linda Mason. Kate Chapman (Broadway: Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, The Pajama Game, Sweet Smell of Success, Saturday Night Fever) will be playing the role of Louise, with Jacob Mills (National tour: The Sound of Music, Annie) as Danny and Brock Calabrese as Charlie.

The ensemble will feature: Kelly Berman, Kaitie Buckert, Aaron Burr, Christopher Campbell, Erik Joshua Clack, Taylor Fields, Andy Garcia, Crawford Horton, Hannah Jewel Kohn, Elise Kowalick, Megan McLaughlin, Michael Persson, Ariel Prochilo, Julio Rey, Claire Sorlie, and Richard Westfahl.

Link to webpage for more information.

The 60th Anniversary season also includes Murder for Two (Aug.29 - Sept. 15) and Beehive (Sept. 21 - Oct. 6). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 315-255-1785 or toll free at 1-800-457-8897, and online at

About Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival:

Headquartered in Auburn, NY, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is a dynamic arts organization committed to creating theatrical experiences at the highest levels of artistic integrity. It leverages the power of the arts as a tool for entertainment, education, social awareness and cultural development in its community and in the region. The Festival is situated in the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region of Central New York. Four hours from NYC and situated between Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is one of the largest producing musical theatre organizations in New York State, outside of New York City. Find Merry Go Round Finger Lakes Music Theatre on Facebook, follow @FingerLakesMTF on Twitter and Instagram and visit

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