Original Avenue Q Stars Ann Harada and Jordan Gelber Will Reunite for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Holiday Inn | Playbill

Regional News Original Avenue Q Stars Ann Harada and Jordan Gelber Will Reunite for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Holiday Inn
After a 2016 Broadway bow, the musical heads to New Jersey.
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The complete cast is set for the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, which begins performances November 21 and continues through December 30 at the New Jersey venue.

Nicholas Rodriguez
Nicholas Rodriguez

Directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Denis Jones (who earned a Tony nomination for his work on the 2016 Broadway staging) and music direction by Shawn Gough (Annie, Paper Mill), the production will feature Paige Faure (Honeymoon in Vegas, Paper Mill) as Lila Dixon, Jordon Gelber (Avenue Q) as Danny, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Louise, Jeff Kready (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Paper Mill) as Ted Hanover, Hayley Podschun (Peter Pan, Paper Mill) as Linda Mason, Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Jim Hardy with Jian Harrell and Aidan Alberto alternating in the role of Charlie Winslow.

They will be joined by Jordon Beall, Gene Biscontini, Colin Bradbury, Tricia DeSario, Taylor Fields, Kelly Gleason, Juliane Godfrey, Berklea Going, Joshua Israel, Julie Kavanagh, Mallory Nolting, Clifton Samuels, JT Teeling, Karl Skylar Urban, Amy Van Norstrand, Scarlett Walker, Travis Ward-Osborne, and John T. Wolfe.


Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, based on the film from Universal Pictures, has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by Greenberg and Chad Hodge.

In the musical, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim’s agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Songs include “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.”

The production will also have set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Matt Kraus, and hair and wig design by Charles G. Lapointe. The production stage manager is Victoria Navarro. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Laura Wade, CSA.

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