Holiday Inn is based on the musical film of the same name, produced in 1942 by Paramount Pictures. Irving Berlin wrote 12 songs for the film that starred Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, including the iconic “White Christmas” which later inspired a film of its own.
Understanding the draw of a holiday spectacle and wanting to bring some playful fun to Broadway, producers fast-tracked the creation and production of the new show, taking Irving Berlin’s music and the basic plot of the movie and making them into a fresh new musical. Creators preserved much of the original score, only omitting a few
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