The classic musical is a perfect holiday watch.

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Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
Credit: PBS.org

These days, we’re filling our to-watch lists with catchy musicals and holiday classics. (It’s never too early!) That’s why Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is at the top of our lists this season. Great Performances on PBS will air the musical in November. It’s a staged production with high-energy choreography and classic Irving Berlin tunes like “White Christmas,” “Heat Wave,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” “Easter Parade,” and “Shaking the Blues Away.” Watch a clip of the musical’s cast performing “Shaking the Blues Away” alongside some showstopping choreography below.

PBS describes the plot this way, “Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway—as well as his fiancé and dance partner Lila—to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut. Jim’s luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together, they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?” Watch the backstage pass below to see glimpses of the production, choreography, and music.

According to PBS, “Roundabout Theatre Company’s dazzling 2016 Tony-nominated Broadway musical, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn starring Bryce Pinkham,Lora Lee Gayer,Megan Lawrence,Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu, was captured live at the Roundabout’s Studio 54.” The production is directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones.

The musical will air on PBS on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 9 p.m. on PBS. Check local listings to find out when it will air in your area. You can find more information on Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at pbs.org.

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What’s your favorite Irving Berlin tune? Will you tune into Holiday Inn to get into the holiday spirit this season?