In a landscape of heavy, thought-provoking theater, sometimes all we need is theater that will entertain. The recipe to make an audience smile is a sprinkling of well-known standards, a dash of musical comedy, and a heavy layer of flashy dancing. The Roundabout Theater Company production of Holiday Inn, inspired by the film of the same name, is an instant classic. If you're expecting perfection, this is not your show. Holiday Inn is all about the fun.
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Taking on the Bing Crosby role, Bryce Pinkham is a magnificent leading man. Pinkham’s charisma carried the show. Opposite Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer is delightful. She brought a modern comedic sensibility to Linda Mason that was nothing short of refreshing. As the loyal and faithful mistress of the farm Louise, Megan Lawrence and her one-liners filled the room with laughter. But no one brought the house down quite down the littlest scene-stealer Morgan Gao. As Charlie Winslow, Gao was a natural.
Broadway always needs a show that will do nothing short of entertain. Holiday Inn is that show this season. If you need an escape from the world, check into Holiday Inn.