Going to a Broadway show is a special experience, but there is something to be said for enjoying live theater without even leaving the comfort of your living room. You can wear your pajamas, eat a meal, or live tweet, without worrying about disturbing other audience members. On January 14 at 8 p.m. ET, theater fans around the world will get to watch a Broadway show at home when BroadwayHD live streams that evening’s performance of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical from Studio 54.
Holiday Inn is the final production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season. BroadwayHD first partnered with the not-for-profit company in June when She Loves Me became the first Broadway show to be live streamed. After the success of that collaboration, they are teaming up again for this one-night-only event.
Inspired by the 1942 film of the same name, Holiday Inn is directed by Gordon Greenberg and features choreography by Denis Jones, an Irving Berlin score including “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies,” and “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and a new book by Greenberg and Chad Hodge. Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham stars as Jim, who leaves show business to move to a farmhouse in Connecticut. In order to raise money to keep the farm, he decides to convert it into an inn open only on the holidays when his performer friends can come put on a show, drawing in guests. He gets help and romance from the farm’s former owner Linda (Lora Lee Gaynor), but when Jim’s old partner Ted (Corbin Bleu of the High School Musical franchise) comes for a visit, he wants Linda to join him as his new partner.
More than 3,000 students and teachers have seen Holiday Inn at free or reduced rates, in addition to nearly 20,000 audience members and subscribers. “It’s imperative to Roundabout that our shows remain accessible to everyone. So we are overjoyed now to bring the best of Broadway to audiences who otherwise wouldn’t be in NYC to see us live,” Todd Haimes, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Artistic Director/CEO, said in a statement.
The musical closes January 15, and BroadwayHD will capture the second-to-last performance using 14 high-definition cameras. David Horn will direct for the screen and this performance will be produced in association with Thirteen Productions LLC and Universal Stage Productions, the live theater division of the motion picture studio. The live stream will also include interviews with the cast and creative team and behind-the-scenes footage, starting at 7:40pm ET
BroadwayHD, the only online streaming service of its kind, launched in 2015. In addition to the live stream, subscribers can access more than 160 theater productions on demand. Titles in the library include Billy Elliot the Musical, Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton, and Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman.
The live stream will be available on BroadwayHD.com and Chromecast. Subscribers can access it from BroadwayHD’s Roku, Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone apps. Visit BroadwayHD.com to sign up.