On Sunday, I took-in the opening night of Paper Mill Playhouse’s “Holiday Inn,” the second consecutive production of the Tony Award-wining theater’s 80th anniversary season under producing artistic director, Mark S. Hoebee.
If you haven’t read my critical review, read it here! In a nutshell: a genial, high-spirited cast polished the show to brilliance!
After the show, I mingled with the show’s brightest lights — principals, company, crew, ensemble, and Paper Mill’s biggest supporters — at Par 440 in Short Hills, NJ where we talked about the show’s message, and enjoyed the warm, bright spirit of the holiday season!
Here’s a photo reportage of the fabulous night that celebrated the music and lyrics of its creator, Irving Berlin! Come on over to Millburn, NJ to see the show, a beloved holiday evergreen, playing now through December 30!
(Above: a custom-made curtain and proscenium for Paper Mill Playhouse’s “Holiday Inn” with songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin)
(Above: elegant, understated seasonal trimmings for Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ)
(Above: the orchestra pit under the musical direction of Shawn Gough)
(Above: the well-appointed gift shop!)
(Above: finale curtain call of Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Paper Mill Playhouse with a wedding celebration)
(Above: confetti effects over the audience/orchestra to end the show!)
(Above: from the post-show after party at Par 044 in Short Hills, NJ. Here’s Music Director Shawn Gough, Choreographer Denis Jones, Director and Co-Author Gordon Greenberg, and Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee)
(Above: the principal cast! Hayley Podschun as Linda, Paige Faure as Lila, Nicholas Rodriguez as Jim, Ann Harada as Louise, Jeff Kready as Ted, and Jordon Gelber as Danny)
(Above: I had the pleasure of interviewing Producing Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee)
(Above: Nicholas Rodriguez as Jim and Ann Harada as Louise)
(Above: the after-party venue, Par 440, had a couple vintage posters as decor, including this of Fred Astaire, one of the original Hollywood cast members from Berlin’s “Holiday Inn,” who starred alongside Bing Crosby!)
(Above and below: interviewing Jeff Kready, who starred as Ted)
(Above: interviewing Jian Harrell who alternates with Aidan Alberto [on the left] as Charlie Winslow)
(Above: interviewing Nicholas Rodriguez who played Jim)
(Above: interviewing Jordon Gelber who played Danny)
(Above: interviewing Hayley Podschun who played Linda)
(Above: interviewing Paige Faure who played Lila)
(Above: interviewing Ann Harada who played Louise)
Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” runs at Paper Mill Playhouse from November 21, 2018 through December 30, 2018. Tickets are available at the theater’s box office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, New Jersey, or online.