Irving Berlin's 'Holiday Inn' opens in Medinah Nov. 29

  • The cast of Overshadowed Theatrical Productions' "Holiday Inn" features Peter Mauriello as Jim Hardy, Nathan Dille as Ted Hanover, Jessica Means as Linda Mason, and Leah Johansen as Lila Dixon.

    The cast of Overshadowed Theatrical Productions' "Holiday Inn" features Peter Mauriello as Jim Hardy, Nathan Dille as Ted Hanover, Jessica Means as Linda Mason, and Leah Johansen as Lila Dixon. Courtesy of Robert Valentine

 
Submitted by Jessica Means
Updated 11/26/2019 8:07 PM

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions is thrilled to bring Irving Berlin's musical "Holiday Inn" to the stage Nov. 29 to Dec. 21.

Adapted from the 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, this production will give you the perfect diversion during the holiday season!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Set in 1946, the story concerns song-and-dance team Jim Hardy (Peter Mauriello) and Ted Hanover (Nathan Dille) who split up when Jim decides to ditch show business and run a farm in rural Connecticut. Jim hopes that their follow singer, and his girlfriend, Lila (Leah Johansen), will give up the footlights and join him, but she opts to go out on the road with Ted instead.

The farm, which comes complete with a wisecracking, live-in handywoman (Danielle Miller), proves less than successful. But the unexpected visit of Jim's old showbiz buddies inspires him to turn the farm into an inn open only on the holidays, which will feature lavish musical entertainment. Meanwhile, Jim's budding romance with the house's former owner, Linda Mason (Jessica Means), becomes threatened when Ted drunkenly dances with her and decides she would make a perfect partner.

One of the best things about this musical is that it is filled with so many charming Irving Berlin songs.

Besides the familiar hits "Happy Holiday," "Easter Parade," and "White Christmas," the show includes other classics such as "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "Blue Skies," "Heat Wave," and "Cheek to Cheek."

Performances will be held Nov. 29 to Dec. 21 at Jubilee Bible Church, 900 Foster Ave. in Medinah. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. There will be a special Tuesday performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

Tickets range from $16-$22. To purchase tickets, visit www.overshadowed.org.

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