Sessions, who played Jigger in Goodspeed Musicals’ 2012 production of Carousel, replaces the previously announced Corey Mach in the role of Jim Hardy. Mach has exited the production to pursue an upcoming opportunity.
Holiday Inn features music by Irving Berlin and a new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. Greenberg will also direct the Goodspeed production, which runs through Nov. 30, with Michael O'Flaherty as musical director. Denis Jones ( Honeymoon in Vegas) will choreograph.
Noah Racey will lead the production as Ted Hanover. Hayley Podschun will play Lila Dixon ( Chaplin, Anything Goes, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray, The Sound of Music). Linda Mason will be played by Patti Murin ( Xanadu,Lysistrata Jones), and Susan Mosher ( Hairspray) will play Louise. Danny Reed will be played by Danny Rutigliano ( Born Yesterday, Billy Elliot, The Lion King, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public), and the role of Charlie Winslow will be played by Noah Marlowe ( Act One, Mary Poppins).
The ensemble includes Alissa Alter, Abby Church, Darien Crago, Caley Crawford, Jeremiah Ginn, Juliane Godfrey, Laura Harrison, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Charles MacEachern, Karl Skyler Urban, John T. Wolfe, Sarah Fagan, Darrell T. Joe, and Spencer Stanley.
Here's how Goodspeed bills the musical: "Happy holidays! Check into the tuneful world-premiere musical about a Connecticut farmhouse transformed into a jubilant nightspot — but only on holidays. From Valentine's Day to the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving to Christmas, expect a cornucopia of hit songs by Irving Berlin in a dance-dizzy romance based on the classic film that first starred Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Raise a glass of cheer to 'Happy Holiday,' 'Easter Parade,' 'Be Careful, It's My Heart' and more of the world's greatest show tunes." The design team includes Anna Louizos as scenic designer, Alejo Vietti as costume designer, Tony winner Jeff Croiter as lighting designer and Jay Hilton as sound designer.
Holiday Inn is produced in association with Universal Stage Productions and by arrangement with The Irving Berlin Music Company. It is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
Tickets begin at $27 and to purchase and for more information visit goodspeed.org.